Save these dates: Three LaLiga Formation Methodology courses this summer

Save these dates: Three LaLiga Formation Methodology courses this summer

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LaLiga methodology experts will deliver three LaLiga Formation Methodology courses this summer: one Level 2 (advanced) and two Level 3 (introductory).

  • LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course – hosted by Great Lakes Alliance
    July 12-14; Edinboro University in Erie, Pa.
    Course web page | Registration
  • LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course
    July 27-29; New England region
    Course web page | Registration coming soon
  • LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course – hosted by Sockers FC Chicago
    Aug. 3-5; Elmhurst College in Chicago
    Course web page | Registration

Eleven courses in the LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching development series have been hosted throughout the country, including introductory levels this year in Tulsa, Okla. and College Station, Texas. The impact has been profound with participating coaches calling it “the best coaching education” in their careers. About 1,200 coaches from 350 clubs and organizations have been educated in not only LaLiga methodology, but also in the Players First philosophy in holistic development.

Registration for the next Level 3 course, to be held July 12-14 in Pennsylvania and hosted by Great Lakes Alliance, is now available. Two weeks later, US Club Soccer will bring a Level 3 course to the New England area at a TBA location, July 27-29. The third course of the summer will be hosted by Sockers FC Chicago, which will be the second LaLiga Formation Methodology course that this club has hosted. This time, though, it’ll be a Level 2 course, Aug. 3-5.

Registration details for the New England course will be released soon. Coaches who complete Level 3 are eligible for Level 2, where LaLiga clinicians go into more detail on technical and tactical principles. The use of Kimet Sport is also extended, which is the software for design, control, evaluation and periodization of training sessions used by LaLiga academies.

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.


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 Manager 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.


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