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 Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1-U.S. courses include theory and practical sessions on and off the field. The Level 1-Spain course includes about a week in Spain working directly with LaLiga academies. 

LALIGA FORMATION METHODOLOGY CURRICULUM

  • Understand the training sessions structure following the different principles of progressivity, cohesion and pertinence.
  • Understand the coach role in the team’s management, setting different kinds of leadership models.
  • Understand the collective nature of football from a holistic perspective where all the performance (physical, technical, tactical and psychological) factors take place at the same time.
  • Develop during the workshops and sessions, under the supervision and feedback of LaLiga Experts, different training sessions and exercises according with each objectives and context.
  • Know the particularities of the initiation stages in terms of players development, know the contents proposed by LaLiga for this stage.
  • Know the prosed competition structures by LaLiga for the different development stages.
  • Understand the principles of system and strategy training from a practical session lead by LaLiga experts
  • Know and understand the different players needs and requirements per position and game model.
  • Individualize the training regarding the players specificity and demands.
  • To set different exercises to work specifically by lines and positions.
  • To apply the different principles of the game model to the football training to fit as much as possible our intervention to the reality of the game.
  • To know the different fundamentals and characteristics of the development stage and their application through LaLiga Methodology.
  • To introduce the goalkeeper role and training fundamentals.
  • To know different technologies applied to soccer from different perspectives and roles: coach, scouting, game analyzing, etc.
  • To set a coherent programming in short and medium term adapted to their own reality and players characteristics.
 
 
  • Understanding game fundamentals
  • Whole-part-whole methodology
  • How to apply GPS technology
  • CORE and proprioception training
  • Sports psychology applied to the coach role
  • Competitive micro-cycle structure in performance
  • Analyzing LaLiga teams’ systems and game models
  • Set pieces fundamentals and training progression
 
  • Training sessions by LaLiga soccer experts
  • Master classes by LaLiga clubs, managers and academy experts
  • Surprise appearances by world-class LaLiga coaches and clinicians
  • Visits to LaLiga clubs and youth academies
  • Attendance at a LaLiga pro game and youth competition
  • Classroom session topics include:
    • How to create an effective game model
    • Examining physical and performance training aspects
    • Scouting and talent identification
    • Reviewing the Spanish youth soccer structure

LALIGA LEADERSHIP

Carlos Casal López – LaLiga Soccer Projects Coordinator

A UEFA PRO certified coach with bachelor/master’s degree in Sports Science, he joined LaLiga in 2015 after several years of coaching experience in Spanish academies. Casal was involved in the setting up of different training centers around the world, as well as carrying out several talent ID processes and coaching training courses from the grassroots to high performance level in more than 20 different countries. He is also involved in research-related studies, working as a professor in several Master’s degree courses in Spain.

Juan Florit Zapata – LaLiga Head of Sport Projects

Juan is a UEFA-Pro coach with experience in different categories of Spanish grassroots football. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sports, and an MBA in Sports Management, studies he combined with the practice of football as a player, having played in professional academy’s clubs such as Atlético de Madrid. Passionate about the world of sports and football, he has had the opportunity to live and experience this field from many sides: as a player, coach, technical director, and founder and manager of a sport services and advisory company. He has taken part in the LaLiga Sport Projects Department since December 2015, having played a big role in the international development of LaLiga, with projects carried out in all the five continents.

Nicolás García HemmeVP of Strategy and Business Development of LaLiga North America

Nicolas works with LaLiga North America, a joint venture between Relevent Sports Group and LaLiga. Previously, Nicolás served as the Head of LaLiga Global Network – a multi-cultural international project composed of 50 people spread across 44 countries, the first endeavor of its kind at this scale in the sports industry. In this position, he was responsible for launching the project and selecting and developing all talent. Once established, he managed the team and its budget in order to develop opportunities and projects as well as spearhead actions to promote LaLiga abroad. Before starting with LaLiga, Nicolás was a high-performance athlete with the Spanish National Taekwondo Team, competing for Spain internationally for over 10 years. He was a silver medalist in London Olympic Games in 2012. Nicolás holds a degree in Architecture from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and an Executive Master´s degree in Sports Management from Centro de Estudios Garrigues in Madrid.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions regarding US Club Soccer technical partnership with LaLiga or about upcoming coaching education courses, please contact US Club Soccer’s Ashley Lehr at playersfirst@usclubsoccer.org.