La Liga Formation Methodology



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Limited registration space remains for LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, hosted by Sockers FC Chicago, Aug. 5-7 in Elmhurst, Ill.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 21, 2016)– Coaches are encouraged to apply ASAP to the upcoming LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education course, to be held Aug. 5-7 at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill.

LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 Course Hosted by Sockers FC Chicago

Aug. 5-7; Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill.

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The course will be hosted by Sockers FC Chicago. This event coincides with the launch of the club’s official Coaching Academy.

David Richardson, Sockers FC Chicago President and Technical Director, said the club’s goal for developing the Sockers FC Chicago Coaching Academy is to create better leaders, and thereby, better coaches. “We feel we have a responsibility to share and provide opportunities to help coaches locally, regionally and nationally to be a part of our Coaching Academy platform,” Richardson said. “With this mission in mind, we will start to provide outside coaching development opportunities for coaches to be lifelong learners in the sport of soccer.”



LaLiga Formation Methodologycourses outline the philosophy and methods used across LaLiga to train, develop and form some of the world’s top players. There are three levels, with Level 3 serving as an introduction to the comprehensive development strategies used by the top professional league in the world. Level 2 will serve as the intermediate stage, and Level 1 expands further on coaching education methods with time in Spain working directly with Spanish academies. Level 1 and 2 courses will be made available in 2017.

The 2½-day Level 3 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. 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.

The course fee also includes a one-year license for each attendee to Kimet Sport – the software for design, control, evaluation and periodization of training sessions used as for the course and by LaLiga academies, including Real Madrid C.F., FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla FC.

Follow-up webinars are also included post-course for continued learning. Completion of these webinars is required for advancement to Level 2 courses.


Options are as follows:

  • Individual registration – US Club Soccer members:                                  $325
  • Individual registration – Non-US Club Soccer members:                           $400


  • Friday, Aug. 7:                      8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 8:                  8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 9:                    8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

A detailed schedule is available here.

For information on lodging and travel, please visit the course web page.




LaLiga methodology expert Gari Fullaondo is the Technical and Methodological Advisor for LaLiga and the Committee of Football Coaches of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Director at Kimet Sport, which advises sport methodology and offers consulting services. Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO coach with a master’s degree in physical training, and was previously the Director of Methodology at Athletic Bilbao.



Hugo Blanco is LaLiga’s Sports Projects Coordinator 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.




Zunbeltz Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO Coach with a Degree in Sport Sciences specializing in soccer. He is Methodology Director at Kimet Sport. He is teacher of the Basque Coaches School. He previously worked as the Director of Formation and External Project at Athletic Bilbao, physical coach in senior categories, and many years as coach in youth categories. He has been Technical Director of Women’s Soccer Club in Bilbao.



Fernando Sanz is the LaLiga General Director Middle East & North Africa and International Projects. He oversees the US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership. Sanz played at Real Madrid C.F. from 1994-99, winning UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Spanish League titles. He concluded his playing career with Málaga C.F., playing in 205 games from 1999-2006. After retiring, he became the club’s president (2006-10) and consequently saved it from economic turmoil. During the same time, Sanz was also a member of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.




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