2018 ECNL International Coaching Education Program, Powered by World Football Academy, To Be Held in Portugal

RICHMOND, VA (May 9, 2018) – The Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that the second annual ECNL International Coaching Education Program will be held in December 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, powered by World Football Academy and in conjunction with Benfica, one of the most renowned development clubs in the world.

Last year, the inaugural ECNL International Coaching Education Program was held in Spain with Valencia CF and World Football Academy, and provided an incredible learning and development opportunity.  The trip to Benfica will provide more information and new perspectives on development and methodology from some of the foremost coaches and educators in the world.

Participating coaches will travel to Lisbon, Portugal to take part in two educational courses: one provided by World Football Academy (WFA) founder Raymond Verheijen and one provided through the coaches and directors of the Benfica Academy. Throughout the courses, coaches will also observe youth trainings and a professional match.

The preliminary itinerary for the 2018 ECNL International Coaching Education Program can be found below.

December 9: Arrival in Lisbon
December 10: Benfica Academy Course – Day 1
December 11: Benfica Academy Course – Day 2
December 12: Benfica Academy Course – Day 3
December 13: WFA course – Day 1
December 14: WFA course – Day 2
December 15: WFA course – Day 3
December 16: Departure to USA

Registration information can be found HERE.


About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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.

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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, South Africa, 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.