During the opening session of the LaLiga Formation Methodology course this past weekend in Livermore, Calif., Gari Fullaondo stood on stage, looked out into the audience of about 270 coaches and paused. Then, in less than a dozen words, the Technical and Methodological Advisor of LaLiga summed up the motivation for this coaching series, the US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership and Players First in less than a dozen words.
“We must get better,” he said. “It is our responsibility to the players.”
Coaching Development is just one pillar of Players First – among Club Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety – but it produces positive ripple effects throughout the game.
This LaLiga Formation Methodology course – hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer – was considered “Level 3,” which is an introductory base to future Level 2 and Level 1 courses. The eager crowd of about 270 coaches represented nearly 100 clubs and colleges, and more than 20 percent of attendees have obtained a U.S. Soccer or UEFA ‘B’ or ‘A’ license. The amount of coaches nearly tripled the attendance of the first-ever LaLiga Formation Methodology course in Texas, March 11-13.
|AC Los Banos||Ethopian FA||Napa Valley College||SCC FC Revolution|
|Alpine Strikers||Ethos SC||North Coast FC||SF Elite Acad.|
|Alternativo FC||Fair Oaks SC||North Bay Elite FC||SF Glens|
|American River FC||FC Boston Bolts/Scorpions||Oakdale Youth SL||SF United FC|
|Atletico United||FC Elk Grove||Oakley Youth SC||SFA|
|Ballistic United SC||Folsom SC||PAC||Sonoma State|
|Blackhawks SC||Galt FC||Palo Alto SC||South Valley Chivas Acad.|
|Blues FC||Granite Bay FC||Pleasanton Rage||Sports Academy|
|Burlingame SC||Heritage SC||Pumas Fresno||Stonehill College|
|California Odyssey South||Impact SC||Real Sacramento||Strikers FC South Bay|
|Carson FC||IR Academy of Soccer Dev.||Red Star Soccer Acad.||Surf Hawaii SC|
|CenCal Cosmos||Juventus SC||Richmond Sol Cobras||Tecos Hayward SC|
|Central Marin||LA Galaxy South Bay||Sacramento North SC||Tri-Valley SC|
|Central Valley Leon FC||Lamorinda SC||Sacramento United SC||UAS Club|
|Central Valley Vipers SC||Lighting SC||San Bruno Lowen 83 FC||Union City Premier|
|Central Valley Monarcas Acad.||Lobos United FC||San Carlos United||Union Sacramento FC|
|Chabot College||Loomis Youth SC||San Francisco Elite Acad.||University of CA, Merced|
|Clovis Crossfire||Madera Roja FC||San Francisco Vikings SC||University of Nevada|
|Davis Legacy SC||Mendocina County SA||San Jose State University||University of the Pacific|
|De Anza Force||Meraki FC||San Juan SC||Vision SC|
|Delta United SC||Modesto Ajax United FC||San Mateo County Star FC||Walnut Creek SC|
|Dublin United||Mustang SC||San Ramon FC||WESCO|
|East Bay United SC Bay Oaks||Napa Soccer Acad.||Santa Barbara SC||West Coast Soccer|
|East Sacramento SC||Napa United||Santa Rosa United||Woodland SC|
In addition to Gari Fullaondo, LaLiga methodology experts Hugo Blanco (LaLiga Sports Projects Coordinator) and Zun Fullaondo (Methodology Director of Kimet Sport) also directed classroom and field sessions. Ismael Urzaiz, a former Athletic Bilbao and Spanish national team player, added a powerful impact during the course as a LaLiga ambassador.
“If you love the game, putting in extra work isn’t as hard,” Urzaiz told a group of NorCal PDP players after a field session. “If you want to achieve great things, you have to work… much more than (just) team practice.”
In addition to field and classroom sessions, attendees were also able to observe the Colombian men’s national team train – the morning after Colombia defeated the USMNT, 2-0 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. About half of the course participants attended that Copa America Centenario game.
US Club Soccer signed LaLiga to a long-term technical partnership in August 2015 at the Players First launch event. LaLiga Formation Methodology is a staple of the partnership, as LaLiga methodology experts share curriculum used across its academies to train some of the world’s best players.
Participants also received a one-year license to Kimet Sport – the software for design, control, evaluation and periodization of training sessions used as for the course and by LaLiga academies. The license is valid for one age group per year per attendee.
The course was well received by attendees, as many took to Twitter to post their experiences. More responses can be seen by searching for the Players First-designated hashtag #P1soccer.
Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. It is focused on five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
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.