US Club Soccer Partners With LaLiga
Club soccer players in the United States are to benefit from the LaLiga coaching that helped develop superstars like Messi, Fabregas, Xavi and Iniesta.
Launching a major initiative that comes as a major boost to ambitious young American players, US Club Soccer has announced details of a technical partnership with the Spanish league that's home to Barcelona and Real Madrid and most of the top 10 players in the world.
Specifically, the two organizations are creating LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education courses, which will launch this spring.
Details were revealed at the first day of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in Baltimore and it is expected to inject a wealth of LaLiga coaching methods into the US youth game to improve standards across the board from youngsters starting out in the game to teenagers on the brink of college or the professional leagues.
LaLiga methodology experts Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco presented an hour-long field session at the convention titled "Coaching Methods in the LaLiga Academies: Developing World-Class Players." The outline plan can be read here:
The NSCAA Convention is the biggest soccer event of its kind and attracts 4,000-plus coaches and more than 10,000 attendees.
The event served as a launch platform for the LaLiga hook-up as US Club Soccer starts reaching out with details of the Players First resource to clubs and coaches.
"Spain is in the top three countries in the world in the way they develop players and they have influenced the way the world plays the game. It is logical to learn from an organisation like LaLiga," said Kevin Payne, CEO of US Club Soccer.
"We will be introducing their methodology, the same programme they use to train coaches at LaLiga academies.
"There are three different levels (to the LaLiga programme)," he told Inside World Football. "This year we are launching level one and two, while the third level will be for coaches who are very serious about their craft. That work will be done in Spain."
Coaches participating will attend 25 hours of training session over 2/3 days as well as complete some on-line work.
US Club Soccer signed its deal with LaLiga in August but waited until the convention to officially launch the hook-up.
"We provide a suite of services to our clubs," said Payne. The next additions to the programme will be a partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (a programme for parents), an on-line medical training programme, and a series of seminars on injury prevention.
Football.com will bring you more details of this exciting partnership as they are disclosed by US Club Soccer.