Players First, LaLiga bring second LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course to Chicago

Players First, LaLiga bring second LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course to Chicago

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ELMHURST, Ill. | 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.

Since March 2016, there have now been eight LaLiga Formation Methodology courses that have educated nearly 1,000 coaches from 350 clubs and organizations throughout the country. Coaches who completed this course are now eligible for Level 2. The next Level 2 course is being held Aug. 11-13 in Pennington, N.J. Last year, Sockers FC Chicago hosted a Level 3 course at Elmhurst College.

Several clubs demonstrated their commitment to the Coaching Development pillar of Players First by sending multiple coaches to the course. Roadrunners SC sent six coaches, FC Wisconsin brought five and Eclipse Select SC, Kopion FC and Sockers FC sent three coaches each. After last year’s course, Sockers FC now has 31 coaches educated in LaLiga Formation Methodology.

LaLiga experts Gari Fullaondo, Hugo Blanco and Zunbeltz Fullaondo continue to lead LaLiga Formation Methodology. All three have extensive resumes: the Fullaondo brothers are former technical directors of Athletic Bilbao, and Blanco is LaLiga’s Sports Projects Coordinator.

US Club Soccer’s Players First initiative 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.


The 2½-day level 3 course included theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. Topics included:

  • Methodological Foundations of Training
  • Structure of Training
  • Development of the Training Model
  • Training Tactical Concepts
  • Training Technique
  • System Development and Strategy
  • Training Physical Elements

The course fee also included 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.


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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