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LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 1 (August 2019 in Elmhurst, IL)

FRIDAY, August 2 – SUNDAY, august 4

Hosted by sockers fc


  • Recap
  • Photo gallery (below)
  • Cumulative list of represented clubs at LaLiga Formation Methodology


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 1 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. Topics include:

  • Whole-part-whole methodology as an integral method to improve the training pertinence and adaptability to the cognitive model
  • Different fundamentals and characteristics of the performance stage and the application through LaLiga Methodology
  • GPS technologies in training that help in decision making
  • Understand the pertinence of the CORE and proprioception training related with the performance in soccer and the injuries prevention
  • Applying the sports psychology to the team’s management in soccer and the group cohesion
  • Learning, understanding, and programming the competitive micro-cycle
  • Analyze the main game models and systems of LaLiga clubs, understanding their general particularities, weakness and strong points
  • Training set pieces from a holistic perspective


Coaches who complete the Level 1-U.S. course will be eligible to attend the Level 1 -Spain course upon completion of additional course work. Level 1-Spain tentative course dates are February 2020.


Friday, August 2: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 3: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 4: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A detailed schedule can be found here.
All times referenced are local time zone.


The classroom and field sessions will be held at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. Address: 190 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

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

LaLiga Leadership:

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.

Felipe Vega-Arango, current Technical Director of the first LaLiga Academy in the U.S. (in Miami). Former head coach and Technical Head of the Salomon Islands National Team, Felipe is a UEFA-PRO certified coach with more than 20 years of experience in Spanish and American grassroots development. From the coach’s development perspective and beyond his mission in Spain, Felipe is one of the FIFA Technical Experts, training more than 500 coaches around the world during the past two years.


US Club Soccer has secured a room block at the Holiday Inn Chicago Oakbrook at $89/night + tax.

Rooms can be booked at this link.


For questions, please contact US Club Soccer operations manager Ashley Lehr at or (843) 614-4140 x17.