Last August, US Club Soccer dropped a bombshell on American soccer by announcing a “technical partnership” with La Liga. As part of its nascent Players First platform, this would encompass a wide-ranging host of things.
One of those was what’s become the La Liga Formation Methodology Course, led by some of the leading technical minds in Spain.
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 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.
Last weekend, US Club Soccer hosted another of these courses at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif., and we have the evidence. Here’s a look at what one of the newest pillars in American soccer development looks like.