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Courses & Events

US Club Soccer is launching a special 6-week series to examine the six sections of the Players First club licensing application and how these standards are elevating youth soccer. The series begins in late May and finishes in early July, and it will feature a collection of exemplary Players First-licensed clubs. See below for details.


Upcoming Courses/Events:

Friday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Nov. 1
LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, hosted by Central Alliance Soccer Association
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Additional courses, Facebook Live sessions and other Players First events will be announced soon.

PAST COURSES/EVENTS:

ISC Gunners Technical Director Eddie Henderson and Classics Elite Academy Director of Coaching Aaron Metzger
Topic:
"Parent Engagement & Education: A Review of the Players First Club Licensing Platform"
July 2 on Facebook

Florida Kraze Krush Executive Director Hue Menzies and STA Zone 1 Girls Kelly Sims
Topic:
"Staffing Structure: A Review of the Players First Club Licensing Platform"
June 26 on Facebook

NASA Tophat Academy Executive Director Dave Smith and San Francisco Elite Academy Executive Director Joe Dugan
Topic:
"Training & Competition Structure: A Review of the Players First Club Licensing Platform"
June 18 on Facebook

New York Times columnist & best-selling author Jessica Lahey
Topic:
"A Child's Perspective of COVID-19"
June 16 on Facebook

NCFC Youth Tournaments Director Bryan Bachelderand NEFC Vice President Jason Braga
Topic:
"Player Health & Safety: A Review of the Players First Club Licensing Platform"
June 11 on Facebook

AED Superstore VP of Marketing Ray Chalom
Topic:
"A Life-Saving Decision: An AED At Your Club"
June 9 on Facebook

Sockers FC Chicago President/Technical Director David Richardson and Ohio Premier SC Boys Director of Coaching Billy Thompson
Topic:
"Staff Education & Development: A Review of the Players First Club Licensing Platform"
June 4 on Facebook

Beyond Pulse Global Director of Club Development & Coach Education Tom Shields
Topic:
"Adapting Coaching Concepts for COVID-19"
June 2 on Facebook

Prince William Soccer Executive Director Mike Cullina and Davis Legacy SC Executive Director David Robertson
Topic: "Club Leadership Expertise & Development: A Review of the Players First Club Licensing Platform"
May 28 on Facebook

United Soccer Coaches CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel
Topic:
"Effective Branding: Lessons from United Soccer Coaches"
May 15 on Facebook

Northern Ireland National Team assistant coach Austin MacPhee 
Topic:
"Properly Developing the Next Generation of Soccer Players"
May 11 on Facebook

id2 director Gerry McKeown and LA Galaxy forward Cameron Dunbar
Topic:
"id2 and Beyond: How to Effectively Identify & Develop Our Best Players"
May 6 on Facebook

Blackburn Rovers' Stuart Jones (Academy Manager) and Tony Carss (Head of Coaching)
Topic: "Enhancing Coaching Philosophy & Curriculum Through Technology" co-hosted by SportSessionPlanner
May 4 on Facebook

U.S. Soccer Foundation's Jennifer Arnold
Topic:
"Soccer and Socioeconomics: How to Make the Game More Accessible"
May 1 on Facebook

ECNL President Christian Lavers
Topic:
"Leadership During Uncertain Times"
April 29 on Facebook

PlayerMaker guest Steve Barrett
Topic:
"Understanding the Youth Athlete: Transition Between Age Groups"
April 28 on Facebook

Former USWNT players Shannon Cirovski & Shannon Mac Millan
Topic:
"Let's Talk about Team Culture"
April 24 on Facebook

Dr. Holly Silvers-Granelli & UCLA commit Emma Egizii
Topic:
"Prevalence of ACL Injuries in Female Athletes"
April 23 on Facebook

id2 director Tricia Taliaferro and UNC defender Maycee Bell
Topic:
"id2 and Beyond: Proper Identification & Development to Launch a Career"
April 22 on Facebook

NWSL Players Association Executive Director & former Chicago Red Stars standout Brooke Elby
Topic:
"Pathway to a Career in Soccer"
April 21 on Facebook

Edina Soccer Club DOC Colette Montgomery & Ohio Travel Soccer League DOC Marcie Schwartz
Topic:
"Better Coaches = Better Players: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment"
April 20 on Facebook

Positive Coaching Alliance VP of External Relations Casey Miller
Topic:
"Social Media For Success: An Athlete's Guide"
April 17 on Instagram

id2 directors Gerry McKeown and Tricia Taliaferro
Topic:
"How Youth Players Can Become Leaders"
April 16 on Facebook

ScoutingZone co-founder Tara Parker and Beast Mode Soccer founder David Copeland-Smith
Topic:
"Dispelling Popular Myths in College Recruiting"
April 14 on Facebook

Fit for 90 founder John Cone
Topic:
"Individual Training Suggestions"
April 10 on Facebook

TopYa!'s Chris Antoline
Topic:
 "Review of the Virtual Skills Contest for P1 Clubs"
April 9 on Facebook

Nick Lusson, of P1-licensed club Sheriffs FC
Topic:
"New Coaching Role: Addressing the Psychological and Child-Safety Crisis Created by Imposed Isolation"
April 8 on Facebook

Beyond Pulse's Michael Sup and Matt Saul
Topic:
"Smart Belts to Help Players Track Active Participation at Home"
April 7 on Facebook

Player's Health founder Tyrre Burks 
Topic: "Let's Review Your Club's Risk Management Policies"
April 6 on Facebook | Presentation (.pdf)

Positive Coaching Alliance National Director of Training Ruben Nieves
Topic:
"When Coaching Crosses the Line"
April 2 on Facebook

11+ co-creators Holly Silvers-Granelli and Mario Bizzini
Topic: "Prehab at Home" and exploring the various 11+ warm-up programs (general, for kids, for referees and for goalkeepers)
March 31 on Facebook

SportSessionPlanner founder Magnus Alford 
Topic:
"Get Organized in the Downtime," plus an introduction to new features in the platform
March 24 on Facebook

Positive Coaching Alliance Executive Vice President Jason Sacks 
Topic: "
Dealing with Disappointment"
March 20 on Facebook

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 1-Spain course 
Feb. 2-11 in Madrid, Spain 

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2 course, hosted by NorCal Premier
Jan. 4-5 at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA

Players First Summit
Dec. 12-14 in Miami Lakes, FL

LaLiga Workshop, hosted by Alianza de Futbol
Sept. 28 at SilverLakes Sports Complex; Corona, CA

Facebook Live with Magnus Alford about SportSessionPlanner's platform
Sept. 19 on Facebook

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 1 course: Aug. 2-4, 2019 in Elmhurst, Illinois
Hosted by Sockers FC Chicago

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course: July 26-28, 2019 in Dublin, Ohio
Hosted by Ohio Premier SC

Facebook Live with Dev Mishra about Sideline Sports Doc's new "Good To Go" app
April 3 on Facebook

Beyond Pulse: Thursday, Feb. 7 on Facebook Live with Johnny Wilson and Michael Sup: “Tracking Speed Improvements for Youth Soccer Players”

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course: Jan. 4-6, 2019 in Northern California
Hosted by NorCal Premier

SCOUTINGZONE: Dec. 17 on Facebook Live with Brooke Kentera and Tara Parker: “Tips on how to create your top college list”

Sideline Sports Doc: Oct. 2 on Facebook Live with Dev Mishra on Player Health & Safety

LaLiga/Málaga CF: Sept. 28 on Facebook Live (English / Spanish) with Rafa Gill on “The Importance of Club Structure and Standards”

LaLiga/Celta de Vigo: Sept. 25 on Facebook Live (English / Spanish) with Eduardo Covelo Mateo and Carlos Hugo Garcia Bayon on “Creating a Club Culture and Maintaining It”

Kimet Sport: Sept. 24 on Facebook Live (English / Spanish) with Gari Fullaondo on “A Methodology Director’s Role and Importance in the Success of Developing the Club”

Beyond Pulse: Sept. 21 on Facebook Live with Michael Sup and Johnny Wilson on “The Art of Agility – Think Fast, Move Fast”

TopYa!: Sept. 12 on Facebook Live with Chris Antoline on “How to Engage Kids and Encourage Ball Work Outside of Practice”

SCOUTINGZONE: Sept. 11 on Facebook Live with Brooke Kentera and Tara Parker: “tips for student athletes: how to own your recruitment process”

Positive Coaching Alliance: Sept. 7 on Facebook Live with Jason Sacks: “one exercise to align parents and their children’s goals”

Soccer Parent Resource Center: Sept. 5 on Facebook Live with Skye Eddy Bruce on “The Importance of Parent Engagement in a Club Environment”

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2: Aug. 3-5, 2018 in Chicago
Hosted by Sockers FC Chicago

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: July 27-29, 2018 in the New England area
Hosted by US Club Soccer

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: March 16-18, 2018 in College Station, Texas
Hosted by United Soccer Clubs

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: Jan. 12-14, 2018 in Tulsa, Okla.
Hosted by Oklahoma Premier Clubs

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2: Aug. 11-13, 2017 in New Jersey
Hosted by US Club Soccer

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: Aug. 4-6, 2017 in Elmhurst, Ill.
Hosted by US Club Soccer

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 2: July 7-9, 2017 in Livermore, Calif.
Hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: Feb. 3-5, 2017 in La Jolla, Calif.
Hosted by Elite Clubs National League

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: Dec. 16-18, 2016 in Carlstadt, N.J.
Hosted by US Club Soccer

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: Aug. 5-7, 2016 in Elmhurst, Ill.
Hosted by Sockers FC Chicago

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: July 29-31, 2016 in Lorton, Va.
Hosted by Virginia NPL

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: June 3-5, 2016 in Livermore, Calif.
Hosted by NorCal Premier Soccer

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3: March 11-13, 2016 in College Station, Texas
Hosted by United Soccer Clubs

LaLiga Formation Methodology courses include 2½ days of on-site education of both theoretical and practical sessions.

Topics include: 1) Methodological Foundations of Training, 2) Structure of Training, 3) Development of the Training Model, 4) Training Tactical Concepts, 5) Training Technique, 6) System Development and Strategy and 7) Training Physical Elements.