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LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 1 (Feb. 2020 in Madrid, Spain)

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.

The Level 1-Spain course includes various educational experiences, as follows: 

  • Training sessions by LaLiga soccer experts
  • Master classes by LaLiga clubs, managers and academy experts
  • Visits to LaLiga clubs and youth academies
  • Attendance to a LaLiga game and youth competition

Countdown to course


Coaches who have completed all the previous phases of the LaLiga Formation Methodology series (Levels 3, 2 and 1-U.S.) are eligible to attend this Level 1-Spain course. All upcoming courses can be found on the Courses & Events web page.

Individual invitations have been sent to eligible coaches. If you are eligible and did not receive an invitation, please contact


More coming soon.


Course dates:

Feb. 2-11, 2020
Sunday, February 2
Departure: Tuesday, February 11
Details available in the breakdown below.
All times referenced are local time zone.


Arrival date: February 2
Departure date: February 11
Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)


Classroom and field sessions will take place at academies throughout Madrid. Attendees will also be treated to a professional game and youth academy matches.

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.

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.


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