ECNL Announces First International Coaching Education Program, Powered by World Football Academy
RICHMOND, VA (April 24, 2017) – The ECNL is excited to announce the launch of the ECNL International Coaching Education Program to provide diverse educational and learning opportunities to help the league’s coaches and clubs provide the best possible development environment for their players. The ECNL International Coaching Education Program will annually bring ECNL coaches to some of the best coach education and player development environments in the world for unparalleled learning opportunities. The first ECNL International Coaching Education Program will be held in December 2017 in Valencia, Spain, powered by World Football Academy.
Participating coaches will travel to Valencia, Spain to take two unique educational courses – one led by renowned educator Raymond Verheijen of the World Football Academy (WFA) and one led by Valencia CF coaching leadership. Coaches will also observe Valencia CF youth teams train and compete, will interact with Valencia CF staff, and will attend two LaLiga matches. Coaches will depart the U.S. on Friday, December 8, 2017 and return to the U.S. on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
The WFA course will include:
- Football Theory: The Philosophical Reference
- Football Tactics: Principles, Foundation and Methods
- Decision making: Coaching Game Insight
- Execution of decisions: Coaching Football Technique
- Coaching Football Fitness and Football Conditioning Exercises
The Valencia CF course will include:
- Overview of the Valencia CF Academy
- Long Term Player Development and its Stages
- Building a Model of Play
- The Valencia CF Model of Training and Weekly Planning
The ECNL’s commitment to ongoing coaching education and development is part of the league’s mission to raise standards in all areas of the game. The ECNL launched the first ECNL Coaching Development Initiative in 2012, and since the first event, has hosted nearly a dozen coaching education events across the country to share knowledge and best practices in youth development. In February 2017, the ECNL hosted the first annual ECNL Coaching Symposium, a two-and-a-half day coaching development event for in-depth education, discussion and learning featuring the new LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course in partnership with US Club Soccer. The ECNL International Coaching Program is another expansion in the league’s commitment to develop better coaches in order to help develop better players.
About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
About World Football Academy: The World Football Academy (WFA) is the world’s leading independent education institute for coaches, staff members and practitioners with departments in Japan, Australia, Dubai, Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and the US. As a major knowledge provider for many FA’s and clubs around the world, the WFA is the prime contractor for thousands of football coaches and specialist worldwide.
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