LaLiga Formation Methodology (Dec. 16-18 in New York metro area)

Friday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Dec. 18
New York metro area

LaLiga Formation Methodology no host - announcement



The fifth-ever LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education course was held Dec. 16-18 in the New York metro area. Field sessions were at the Capelli Sports Center in Carlstadt, N.J., which features two turf fields and is the indoor training facility for Cedar Stars Academy and the Goalkeeper Stars Academy. The classroom portion of the course was held at the Homewood Suites in East Rutherford, N.J.

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. Topics include: 1) Methodological Foundations of Training, 2) Structure of Training, 3) Development of the Training Model, 4) Training Tactical Concepts, 5) Training Technique, 6) System Development and Strategy and 7) Training Physical Elements. 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.


  • Friday, Dec. 16: 12 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: 8:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18: 8:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

A detailed schedule is available here.


Raul Raúl González Blanco, one of the greatest Spanish players of all time, is attending this course. Raúl became the Country Manager for LaLiga in the United States in December 2015. He won three UEFA Champions League, six LaLiga championships, two Intercontinental Cup, one German Cup, one Qatar League and one NASL Soccer Bowl. He played more than 100 international matches with the Spanish national team, with whom he participated in three World Cups and one Olympic Games. His many personal achievements and awards are highlighted by two Pichichi (top scorer in a LaLiga season) and the record of top scorer in history of the UEFA Champions League, currently only beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lio Messi. He was designated as captain in all the teams he’s played and was never sent off with a red card in any official match.


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 Coordinator 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.


Fernando Sanz - website headshotFernando Sanz is the LaLiga General Director Middle East & North Africa and International Projects. He oversees the US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership. Sanz played at Real Madrid C.F. from 1994-99, winning UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Spanish League titles. He concluded his playing career with Málaga C.F., playing in 205 games from 1999-2006. After retiring, he became the club’s president (2006-10) and consequently saved it from economic turmoil. During the same time, Sanz was also a member of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.


Field sessions take place at the Capelli Sports Center (401 Washington Ave. / Carlstadt, NJ 07072), while classroom sessions are at the Homewood Suites by Hilton (125 Route 17 South / East Rutherford, NJ 07073).

IMPORTANT: To protect the rights of LaLiga and the clinicians, attendees are prohibited from taking videos of any of the presentations throughout the course.


Please contact US Club Soccer operations coordinator Ashley Lehr at [email protected] or (843) 614-4140 x17.