LIVERMORE, Calif. | A total of 112 coaches from 69 clubs and 10 states attended the first-ever LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course, held July 7-9 at Las Positas College.
The Level 2 course represents an advanced stage of the LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education series. While the introductory base was established in Level 3, LaLiga experts went into further depth on methodological principles – both technical and tactical – and extended the coaches’ use of Kimet Sport: the software for design, control, evaluation and periodization of training sessions used by LaLiga academies.
This course was hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer. While most of the participants attended the Level 3 course hosted by NorCal Premier last year, five coaches came from the Level 3 course in Texas in March 2016, three completed Level 3 in Southern California in February 2017 and one coach each came from Level 3 courses in New Jersey (December 2016) and Illinois (August 2016).
Jordan Ferrell, of Central Valley Monarcas and University of the Pacific, was one of those NorCal course returnees. “I’ve come back, because I’ve hoped to gain more knowledge about how I can become more detailed or how I can provide better sessions. The off-the-field organization of their methodology is very, very extensive,” Ferrell told norcalpremier.com. “Every day you get to learn from somebody who has worked in one of the best clubs in the world, but then also worked for one of the best leagues in the world. In youth development, there’s a lot of different things that you can learn from his (Gari Fullaondo) expertise, from their expertise.”
LaLiga experts Gari Fullaondo, Hugo Blanco and Zunbeltz Fullaondo continue to lead LaLiga Formation Methodology. All three have extensive resumes: the Fullaondo brothers are former technical directors of Athletic Bilbao, and Blanco is LaLiga’s Sports Projects Coordinator.
The trio assisted in this past Monday’s Player Development Program (PDP) training session, also hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer.
What’s next for these advanced, next-level coaches? Level 1 signifies the expert level of knowledge of LaLiga developmental principles. Opportunities to attend a Level 1 course, to be held in Spain alongside Spanish academies, will be announced at a later date. 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. Through six Level 3 courses, about 900 coaches from nearly 300 clubs and organizations have been educated in LaLiga Formation Methodology. A Level 3 course will be held Aug. 4-6 in Elmhurst, Ill., and an additional Level 2 course will take place Aug. 11-13 in Pennington, N.J.
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:
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.