World Football Academy & ECNL Announce Second Seminar

WFARICHMOND, Va. (April 16, 2015) – The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and the World Football Academy (WFA) have announced the second seminar in their collaboration to further coaching development and education in the top youth female development league in the world.

The ECNL and WFA will host a collaborative seminar July 19-20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  The 2-day seminar will include unique instruction from world-renowned experts in periodisation and technical development:

  • Day 1: Football Periodisation – an in-depth look at periodisation for developing elite athletes, including fitness through games, avoiding accumulation of fatigue, maximizing player freshness, and more.
  • Day 2: Football Technique Development – use of periodisation and objective analysis in training technique, incorporating components of speed, movement and direction.

The seminar will also include tickets to the NWSL match between the Chicago Red Stars and the Boston Breakers on the evening of July 18.

The Football Periodisation seminar will be led by Raymond Verheijen, Verheijen has a masters in Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology, and has worked with multiple professional and international teams, including Holland (Euro 2000, 2004), South Korea (World Cup 2002, 2006 and 2010), Russia (Euro 2008 and 2012), Argentina (World Cup Final 2014) and many more.

The Football Technique Development seminar will be led by Marcel Lucassen.  Lucassen has helped develop some of the world’s top players through his work with the German DFB, including Ozil, Khedira, Marin and Gotze.

Coaches from ECNL clubs may sign-up for Day 1, Day 2, or both days of the seminar.  Registration information will be provided in the coming days.

The ECNL / WFA partnership is one component of the coaching development platform introduced by the ECNL in 2011 with the ECNL Coaching Development Initiative (CDI).  CDIs are held multiple times per year featuring presentations from US Soccer coaching education leaders and youth national team coaches.


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 for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams 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.

Facebook:  /theECNL  |  Twitter: @theECNL  |  Instagram: /theECNL

About the World Football Academy: The World Football Academy is the world’s leading independent education institute for coaches, staff members and practitioners with departments and events on all the continents. As a major knowledge provider to several FA’s and clubs around the world, the WFA is the prime contractor for thousands of football specialists.

Facebook: /WorldFootballAcademyUSA |  Twitter: @WFA_USA

Jen Woodie
Phone: (703) 304-5723