World Football Academy

World Football Academy:


The partnership with World Football Academy focuses on soccer periodization and includes a series of webinars based on the key principles of periodization. World Football Academy is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Development, Player Development and Player Health & Safety.


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World Football Academy USA joins the Player First partnership portfolio to improve coaching education and development in American youth soccer.

The World Football Academy / Players First partnership focuses on soccer periodization. It kicked off with an introductory webinar in Fall 2016 and has continued intermittently with other webinars based on the key principles of periodization. Raymond Verheijen, founder of the World Football Academy and world-renowned periodization expert, will lead the webinars.

The partnership also includes in-person educational seminars for in-depth study and discussion of a wide variety of topics on periodization and other world-class training methodology. Those seminars, which are being hosted on an ongoing basis, are available at a discounted rate to US Club Soccer members.

Verheijen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert and educator in soccer periodization. The World Football Academy is a global soccer education institute founded by Verheijen to “make football better.” Verheijen has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and sport psychology, and has worked with multiple professional teams including Barcelona, Chelsea, the Feyenoord Academy and Manchester City. At the international level, he is the only coach to have worked with teams at each of the last eight World Cups or EUROS – Holland (Euro 2000, 2004), South Korea (FIFA World Cup 2002, 2006 and 2010), Russia (Euro 2008 and 2012) and Argentina (FIFA World Cup Final 2014).