Players First partner World Football Academy offering July 19-20 coaching course in Washington, D.C.

Players First partner World Football Academy offering July 19-20 coaching course in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. | World Football Academy, a Players First partner advancing the Coaching Development pillar, will host a 2-day course, July 19-20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., featuring renowned periodization expert Raymond Verheijen.

The course, titled “Football Tactics & Coaching Football Actions,” will include the following sessions:

  • Football Theory: Football Philosophical Reference
  • Football Tactics: Principles of Tactical Communication
  • Tactical Communication: Foundation for all Football Exercises
  • Tactical Communication: Methodology within Football Exercises
  • Decision Making: Coaching Game Insight
  • Execution of Decisions: Coaching Football Technique
  • Higher Temp for 90 Minutes: Coaching Football Fitness
  • Football Conditioning Exercises

The World Football Academy has developed this education program for coaching professionals looking to develop themselves as coaches and give their teams a competitive advantage. D.C. United and the Virginia NPL are both hosting the course.

The standard course fee is $479 per person, but US Club Soccer members receive a special Players First discount. At checkout, please enter the code P1SOCCER for a $70 discount. That discount code expires June 30.

Verheijen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert and educator in soccer periodization. The World Football Academy is a global football education institute founded by Verheijen to “make football better.” Verheijen has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and sport psychology, and has worked with multiple professional teams including Barcelona, Chelsea, the Feyenoord Academy and Manchester City. At the international level, he is the only coach to have worked with teams at each of the last eight World Cups or EUROS – Holland (Euro 2000, 2004), South Korea (FIFA World Cup 2002, 2006 and 2010), Russia (Euro 2008 and 2012) and Argentina (FIFA World Cup Final 2014).

World Football Academy joined the growing list of Players First partners in Sept. 2015, and has contributed youth periodization webinars to US Club Soccer members.

Players First is US Club Soccer’s flagship initiative intended to provide a holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

In order to help members adopt Players First, US Club Soccer is providing a suite of best-in-class resources, which add value to clubs, coaches, parents and players.


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 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.

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