First LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course announced; to be held in NorCal, July 7-9

First LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course announced; to be held in NorCal, July 7-9

LIVERMORE, Calif. | US Club Soccer and LaLiga have announced the first LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course, which will be held July 7-9 at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif.

  • LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 Course Hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer
    July 7-9; Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif.
    Course web page | Registration

The course will be hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer. The organization’s President, Benjamin Ziemer, was one of four US Club Soccer officials who traveled to Spain in December 2015 in preparation for the launching of the LaLiga Formation Methodology series. And then six months later, NorCal Premier Soccer hosted the largest LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course to date with more than 250 participants.

Now, NorCal Premier Soccer is a pioneer of Level 2, which is an advanced level of the coaching education series. Level 3 courses serve as an introductory base to LaLiga’s comprehensive development strategies, and Level 1 will eventually represent an expert level of the series and include time in Spain working directly with top Spanish academies.

“NorCal Premier is excited to partner with US Club Soccer and LaLiga to once again bring world-class coaching education to Northern California,” said Dan Chamberlain, NorCal Premier Soccer Director of Operations. “We believe that better coaches produce better players, and we place a high priority in assisting our coaches to become as knowledgeable and experienced as possible. The Level 2 course will be another amazing opportunity for our coaches to do just that.”

LaLiga Formation Methodology is a staple of US Club Soccer’s Players First initiative, which is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, emphasizing the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helping parents make better choices about where their children should play.

Through six Level 3 courses, about 900 coaches from nearly 300 clubs and organizations have been educated in LaLiga Formation Methodology.


LaLiga Formation Methodology courses outline the philosophy and methods used across LaLiga to train, develop and form some of the world’s top players.

The 2½-day Level 2 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. Topics include:

  • Development of optimal training and performance processes and methods.
  • Mechanisms of control and development of the formative process and of individual performance of the players.
  • The ability to plan the training process in the initiation and performance stages, as well developing and implementing the design and training of the game model.
  • Creating and managing individual optimization projects and PDP projects.
  • Deepen conceptual and procedural contents in training organization, planning and management.

The course fee also includes a one-year license for each attendee to Kimet Sport – the software for design, control, evaluation and periodization of training sessions used as for the course and by LaLiga academies, including Real Madrid C.F., FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla FC.


Options are as follows:

  • Individual Registration – NorCal member*/US Club Soccer member:  $150
  • Individual Registration – Non-NorCal member/US Club Soccer member:  $250
  • Individual Registration – Non-US Club Soccer member:  $350

* NorCal members are registered US Club Soccer coaches, currently coaching in NorCal Premier League.


  • Friday, July 7:  12:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8:  8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 9:  8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

A detailed schedule is available here.

For information on lodging and travel, please visit the course web page.


Raul Raúl González Blanco, one of the greatest Spanish players of all time, is the Country Manager for LaLiga in the United States. With his characteristic number 7, Raúl achieved all the goals a soccer player can have. He won three UEFA Champions League, six LaLiga championships, two Intercontinental Cup, one German Cup, one Qatar League and one NASL Soccer Bowl. He played more than 100 international matches with the Spanish national team, with whom he participated in three World Cups and one Olympic Games. His many personal achievements and awards are highlighted by two Pichichi (top scorer in a LaLiga season) and the record of top scorer in history of the UEFA Champions League, currently only beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lio Messi. He was designated as captain in all the teams he’s played and was never sent off with a red card in any official match.


Gari FullaondoLaLiga methodology expert Gari Fullaondo is the Technical and Methodological Advisor for LaLiga and the Committee of Football Coaches of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Director at Kimet Sport, which advises sport methodology and offers consulting services. Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO coach with a master’s degree in physical training, and was previously the Director of Methodology at Athletic Bilbao.


Hugo Blanco - website headshotHugo Blanco is LaLiga’s Sports Projects Coordinator and an expert in methodology training (UEFA-PRO Coach). Blanco has worked as a Director Manager in different Public and Private Facilities, and he has extensive experience with the Galician Football Federation and Galician School of Coaching, among other organizations. Blanco holds a Ph.D. in Science of Physical Activity and Sport from Universidad de A Coruña (Doctoral Thesis about Tactical Data Analysis) and has researched and published several articles relating to top-level soccer performance.


Zunbeltz Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO Coach with a Degree in Sport Sciences specializing in soccer. He is Methodology Director at Kimet Sport. He is teacher of the Basque Coaches School. He previously worked as the Director of Formation and External Project at Athletic Bilbao, physical coach in senior categories, and many years as coach in youth categories. He has been Technical Director of Women’s Soccer Club in Bilbao.


Fernando Sanz - website headshotFernando Sanz is the LaLiga General Director Middle East & North Africa and International Projects. He oversees the US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership. Sanz played at Real Madrid C.F. from 1994-99, winning UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Spanish League titles. He concluded his playing career with Málaga C.F., playing in 205 games from 1999-2006. After retiring, he became the club’s president (2006-10) and consequently saved it from economic turmoil. During the same time, Sanz was also a member of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.


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