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NorCal Premier to host LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course, Jan. 4-5

By US Club Soccer, 11/13/19, 12:00PM EST


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LIVERMORE, Calif. | NorCal Premier Soccer will host a LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course, Jan. 4-5, 2020 at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. This course, representing the advanced level of the coaching development series, builds on methodological concepts delivered in Level 3 (introductory).

NorCal Premier is a familiar host in LaLiga Formation Methodology, having hosted a Level 2 course previously in July 2017 and two Level 3s (June 2016 and Jan. 2019). This will be the 17th LaLiga Formation Methodology course in the history of the US Club Soccer/LaLiga technical partnership, which was formed as part of the Players First initiative in Aug. 2015.

To date, about 1,500 coaches from 400 clubs and organizations have been educated in LaLiga’s world-class methodology.

  • LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 Course – Hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer
    Jan. 4-5; Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif.
    Course web page | Registration

ABout the course:

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

  • Know and understand the different players needs and requirements per position and game model.
  • Individualize the training regarding the players specificity and demands.
  • To set different exercises to work specifically by lines and positions.
  • To apply the different principles of the game model to the football training to fit as much as possible our intervention to the reality of the game.
  • To know the different fundamentals and characteristics of the development stage and their application through LaLiga methodology.
  • To introduce the goalkeeper role and training fundamentals.
  • To know different technologies applied to soccer from different perspectives and roles: coach, scouting, game analyzing, etc.
  • To set a coherent programming in short and medium term adapted to their own reality and players characteristics.


Registration is available here, and a breakdown of costs is below. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 27.

  • Individual Registration – NorCal member*/US Club Soccer member:         $150
  • Individual Registration – Non-NorCal member/US Club Soccer member:        $250
  • Individual Registration – Non-US Club Soccer member:                $350

* NorCal members are registered US Club Soccer coaches, currently coaching in NorCal Premier.


  • Saturday, Jan. 4:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m
  • Sunday, Jan. 5:  8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A detailed schedule is available here. For information on lodging and travel, please visit the course web page.


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.


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