US Club Soccer and LaLiga are presenting four LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education courses this summer, hosted by member clubs and leagues throughout the country. The courses cover every level of the series: Level 3 (introductory), Level 2 (advanced) and the first-ever Level 1 (expert).
Through 14 courses, about 1,500 coaches from more than 400 clubs and organizations have been educated in LaLiga Formation Methodology. The most recent course was a Level 3 in California, hosted in January by NorCal Premier. These courses help coaches form a methodological foundation that they can implement in their clubs. The methodological principles have been developed in Spanish academies to train some of the world’s best players.
Headlining this summer’s lineup is the first Level 1-U.S. course in suburban Chicago, Aug. 2-4, hosted by Sockers FC Chicago. To date, there have been 11 Level 3 courses and three Level 2. The Level 1-U.S. course is the penultimate progression in the series. Coaches who complete a Level 1-U.S. course will be eligible to attend a Level 1-Spain course upon completion of additional course work. The first Level 1-Spain course is tentatively scheduled for February 2020.
LaLiga Formation Methodology is a staple of US Club Soccer's Players First initiative, which is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, emphasizing the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helping parents make better choices about where their children should play.
All four hosting organizations have demonstrated commitments to Players First and, in particular, to the Coaching Development pillar. The United Soccer Clubs hosted the first-ever LaLiga Formation Methodology course in 2016, as well as a second Level 3 course last year. Ohio Premier SC has excelled at the highest level of US Club Soccer programming, having won a 19-U ENPL national championship last season and been granted Players First licensing. Sockers FC Chicago was also among the first group of Players First-licensed clubs and has previously hosted two LaLiga Formation Methodology courses: a Level 3 in 2016 and a Level 2 last year. Rounding out the quartet, the Twin Cities Soccer Leagues has recently hosted U.S. Soccer grassroots courses via US Club Soccer. One of the Minnesota-based leagues’ members is Blaine Soccer Club, which is a Players First-licensed club.
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 courses includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. Coaches must complete the previous level course before advancing to the next.
Level 3 (introductory) topics include:
Level 2 (advanced) topics include:
Level 1 (expert) topics include:
Registration details for all four courses are available on the Players First courses/events web page. Each course’s dedicated web page contains further information, including: detailed schedules, discounted hotel rooms, venue logistics, bios of LaLiga leadership, etc.
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.