Through a comprehensive, long-term technical partnership, LaLiga advances the Players First pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development and Player Development.
LaLiga, the world-renowned professional league in Spain featuring top clubs like FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, has entered into a long-term partnership with US Club Soccer. Introduced by Nike, the LaLiga partnership focuses on strategic development and resource support for the club, player and coach development pillars of Players First.
LaLiga provides US Club Soccer and Players First clubs with training curriculum, which helps create a better learning environment and day-to-day experience to enhance the development of all players. The partnership also features reciprocal coaching education courses and elite player training opportunities abroad, including direct involvement with US Club Soccer’s acclaimed id² Program and Player Development Program.
The courses kicked off in spring 2016 with Introductory (Level 3 in the U.S.), before progressing to Advanced (Level 2 in the U.S.). Eventually, Expert (Level 1 in Spain with Spanish academies) courses will be available. To date, there have been seven Level 3 and two Level 2 courses, reaching nearly 1,000 coaches from about 350 clubs and organizations throughout the country.
This marks the first time LaLiga has invested significant resources in U.S. youth soccer development.
Fernando Sanz, General Director of LaLiga Middle East and North Africa, is overseeing LaLiga’s global resources for its long-term relationship with US Club Soccer
LaLiga methodology experts Gari Fullaondo, Hugo Blanco and Zunbeltz Fullaondo lead LaLiga Formation Methodology courses.
A total of 72 coaches from 39 clubs and 16 states attended the LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, Aug. 4-6 at Elmhurst College. This course represented the introductory stage of the three-level coaching education series, which serves as a staple of the US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership and Players First....
For the second consecutive year, US Club Soccer has brought a LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course to the Chicago area. This year's course takes place Aug. 4-6 at Elmhurst College, as about 70 coaches take in the introductory stage of the three-level coaching course....