Keeping up with the LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course, hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer

Keeping up with the LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course, hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer

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LIVERMORE, Calif. | The first-ever LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course takes place July 7-9 at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif.

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 3 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field.

A Level 3 course was held in Northern California last summer, and about 250 coaches attended. Level 3 serves as the introductory base to LaLiga’s methodological principles, Level 2 is an advanced stage and Level 1 represents an expert level.

The 2½-day Level 2 course includes the following topics:

  • 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 Player Development 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. The license is valid for one age group per year per attendee.

LaLiga Formation Methodology is a staple of Players First: a branded, 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.

Friday, July 7:

Check-in began at 12:30 p.m. PT for course registrants and was followed shortly by the introductory session at 1 p.m.

All the action was in the classroom on opening day, as four classroom sessions were on the docket. The day’s activities concluded at 6:45 p.m. NorCal Premier is providing comprehensive recaps to the course, and the first day’s schedule was documented here.

Saturday, July 8:

After yesterday’s half day, the course schedule dictates two full days for the remainder of the course. Saturday begins with a field session called: “Design and Analysis of Tasks in the Warm Up, Cool Down and Movement Training.”

Then, the schedule goes back and forth between classroom and field sessions. Tactical and technical principles will be explored. While Friday’s final classroom session involved the Kimet Planning tool, today’s sessions will continue to refer to the application.

Sunday, July 9:

This is it: the final day of this Level 2 course in Livermore, Calif. Three field sessions and two classroom sessions are the methods for learning today.

“To select a system of play, you must take into account the capacity of your players and what you want to do, what you desire to do,” Blanco told NorCal Premier Soccer. “I think it’s a balance between the capacity of the players and the way that they understand soccer. Sometimes, one coach says I’m a coach that always plays in a 4-3-3. I think you must adapt your system of play to the characteristics of your players.”

More than 100 coaches will complete the advanced level of LaLiga Formation Methodology and become eligible for Level 1, which will take place in Spain, as coaches have the opportunity to learn within Spanish academies. More information about Level 1 courses will be made available soon.

Stay tuned for a full recap, and join the conversation on social media by using the Players First hashtag #P1soccer.