FEB. 2-11, 2020




LaLiga Formation Methodology courses outline the philosophy and methods used across LaLiga to train, develop and form some of the world’s top players.

This Level 1-Spain course included various educational experiences: 

  • 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 and field sessions were held at the LaLiga office and at academies throughout Madrid. Attendees were also treated to a professional game and various youth academy matches.


Hugo 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.

Carlos Casal is the current Senior Specialist in Sports Projects Development at LaLiga. He is a UEFA PRO-certified coach and has bachelor’s and master’s degree in Sports Science, specializing in soccer tactical analysis. Casal joined LaLiga in 2015 and has since carried out different football programs in more than 20 countries, ranging from grassroots development to a high-performance perspective. He continues to work in various research studies and has published articles in high-impact journals.

Juan Florit Zapata has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sports (mayor in Sports Management and Football). He is a UEFA-PRO coach with experience in all categories of Spanish grassroots football, and University Specialist in Sports Management by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). He is the coordinator of LaLiga Sports 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.