ECNL Coaching Symposium | Day 1 Recap

LA JOLLA, CA (February 3, 2017) – The Elite Clubs National League launched the first ECNL Coaching Development Initiative (CDI) in 2012 as part of its mission to raise standards in coaching and player development in girls youth soccer. Since that first event, the league has hosted nearly a dozen coaching education events across the country to share knowledge and best practices in youth development from all over the world. This morning kicked off the first ever ECNL Coaching Symposium in La Jolla, California. Over 150 coaches from around the country gathered for the LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course.

The day began with three classroom sessions. The first session was dedicated to the Development and Management of the LaLiga Training Methodology. The second session explained the Methodological Criteria to Develop a Comprehensive Model of Formation and Performance in Soccer and the last classroom session of the day focused on Training Qualities and Preparation. The two afternoon sessions were held on the soccer field with demonstration players while the coaches observed live training. The first on-field session demonstrated different Warm-Up and Cool Down activities while the second session was concentrated on Physical Qualities and Preparation.

The course will continue on Saturday at 8AM and will finish up Sunday afternoon.

“Gari’s high energy and knowledge of his craft had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The detailed breakdown of concepts and philosophies had all the coaches leaving the room further discussing the lectures. I feel as though this course gives people the tools to come home and implement a structure that will help grow a clubs’ mindset to be better everyday as coaches which helps players improve.” - Kai Edwards, ECNL Director for Sereno Soccer Club

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