Raúl, LaLiga join US Club Soccer to headline 2017 NSCAA Convention with classroom, field & autograph sessions

Raúl, LaLiga join US Club Soccer to headline 2017 NSCAA Convention with classroom, field & autograph sessions

(UPDATE: This article has been updated here, and you can follow along with us live in Los Angeles here.)

US Club Soccer is preparing for another large presence at the 2017 NSCAA Convention, Jan. 11-15 in Los Angeles, Calif. Drawing 4,000-plus coaches and more than 10,000 attendees, the event is billed as the “World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches.”

Featuring LaLiga Formation Methodology clinicians, Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco, and Real Madrid legend, Raúl González Blanco, US Club Soccer is hosting a classroom session, field session and autograph signing.

The US Club Soccer booth is highlighted by Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience emphasizing the development of each individual and helping parents make better choices about where their children should play.

“US Club Soccer is proud of its role as one of the progressive leaders of youth soccer in America, so it’s appropriate that we celebrate our growing membership and our vision for the game at the annual NSCAA Convention,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO. “With a focus on our Players First philosophy – a holistic approach to providing a better youth soccer experience for players and parents – and showcasing our ambitious and growing relationship with LaLiga in coaching education, we are very excited to again share with our colleagues the mission of US Club Soccer to improve our game at every level.”

US Club Soccer and LaLiga are hosting the following:

  • Jan. 12 | Classroom session, 12:45-1:45 p.m. (CC 409AB) – “Player Formation and Tactical Periodization” with Raúl, Fullaondo and Blanco
  • Jan. 12 | Autograph session with Raúl (CC booth 949), 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 14 | Field session, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Kwik Goal Demo Field 2) – “Teaching Progression – Activities for Developing Decision Makers” with Fullaondo

NOTE: PDF overviews and session plans of the classroom session and field session will be available soon.

“Our North American soccer presence has grown significantly through our US Club Soccer alliance, specifically the LaLiga Formation Methodology courses we introduced this year,” said Raúl, LaLiga Country Manager in the U.S. “Educating and sharing our resources with the American soccer community is fundamental to advancing LaLiga’s global objectives of growing interest and participation in our league, its teams and players.”

LaLiga signed a long-term technical partnership with US Club Soccer at the Players First launch event in August 2015 at Nike World Headquarters. The expansive partnership provides US Club Soccer members with curriculum to enhance the daily youth soccer training environment for better development of all players and coaches.

US Club Soccer has hosted five LaLiga Coaching Methodology sessions across the country in 2016 and will continue these offerings through 2017. The final session of 2016 was held Dec. 16-18 in the New York metro area. A full recap will be available soon.

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A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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