U.S. Soccer

Spain Workshop

When and where will the workshop take place?
March 17-24, 2012 in Spain (Madrid – Barcelona)

Confirmed coaches flying from the U.S. will take an overnight flight on Friday, March 16 and arrive into Madrid, Spain on Saturday, March 17. On March 24 coaches will depart from Barcelona, Spain.

Coaches arriving on March 17 should fly into:
Madrid International Airport (http://www.madrid-airport.info/)

Coaches will depart on Saturday, March 24 from the Barcelona International Airport

How much is the workshop?
CoachesNet members: $2,625 (airfare not included)
CoachesNet non-members: $2,725 (airfare not included)

How is registration handled?
Interested coaches are required to apply online and submit a non-refundable, non-transferable $450 deposit. Approved candidates will be notified via e-mail with additional course details. Candidates should secure travel only after receiving written confirmation from U.S. Soccer.

What if the workshop sells out or my application is not accepted?
U.S. Soccer will not charge you a fee.

Am I required to submit anything else?
Candidates who do not hold a U.S. Soccer "A" license may be asked to submit proof of their coaching background and/or license.

Do I need to hold a U.S. Soccer "A" license?
U.S. Soccer is recommending coaches hold an "A" license.

If I hold an "A" license will I earn continuing education units (CEUs)?
Yes, "A" license coaches will earn eight (8) credits, the necessary amount needed to renew, if they have not already earned the necessary credits towards their expiration date.

What if my "A" license expires just prior to the workshop?
If your "A" license is set to expire prior to the workshop (ex. January 2012) you may still attend this workshop and earn the necessary credits to renew your license.

What is included?
Workshop fee includes seven nights (double occupancy), meals, round-trip airport transfers on group departure and arrival days only (from designated airports only), ground transportation to group functions, applicable taxes, training sessions, lectures with professional coaches, ticket to a professional match, a professional bilingual guide, certificate of attendance, U.S. Soccer/NIKE travel wear and coaching materials.

What is not included?
Workshop fee does not include airfare, airport taxes, passport or visa fees, extra meals or activities outside of group schedule or gratuities for guides. Confirmed coaches are responsible for any incidental costs during the week such as phone, dry cleaning, movies, internet, etc. and will be asked to leave a credit card imprint upon check-in to cover any incidental charges


Am I required to have a passport and/or a visa?
Yes, you will need either one or both depending on the country of origin of your passport. A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Spain for any purpose. We strongly recommend you visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Which airport should I fly into?
If you wish to have round-trip airport transfers then you are required to fly into Madrid International Airport (http://www.madrid-airport.info/) on Saturday, March 17 and depart from Barcelona International Airport (http://www.barcelona-airport.com/) on Saturday, March 24.

Round-trip airport transfers will only be available on arrival day (March 17) and departure day (March 24). Additional transportation details can be provided for those arriving early or staying late.

When do I need to arrive on March 17?
Confirmed candidates flying from the U.S. will depart on Friday, March 16 and take an overnight flight to Madrid, Spain. A majority of flights land in the morning from the U.S. Ground transportation will be provided on March 17 as long as the candidate flies into Madrid International Airport.

An opening meeting will take place on the afternoon of March 17.

When will the workshop end?
The workshop concludes the morning of Saturday, March 24.

Am I required to secure a hotel room for the week?
No. The course fee includes seven (7) nights based on double occupancy. If you plan to arrive prior to March 17 or depart after March 24 and would like to stay at the chosen hotels, please inform us via e-mail at coachesnet@ussoccer.org

U.S. Soccer will arrange for special pricing at the designated hotel for those looking to extend their stay.

Will I have a roommate?
Rooms are assigned based on double occupancy with another attendee. Candidates who have not chosen a roommate will be randomly paired. Roommate requests should be e-mailed to coachesnet@ussoccer.org no later than March 1.
U.S. Soccer will periodically send updates on confirmed candidates.

Are single rooms available?
Yes, as long as the hotel has availability. On the registration form you may indicate you wish to have a single room. There will be an additional charge added to your registration fee for the week.

Is internet available at the hotel?
More details will be available once the hotel details are finalized.

Is transportation provided?
Yes. A charter bus will be provided for all group ground transportation needs.

Is airfare included?
Airfare is not included. If you are unable to use airline award miles, we suggest you look online at the various travel websites.

How many coaches will be attendance?
The group size will vary. In the past, the group sizes have ranged from 20 to 45.

What are the expectations of the attendees?
We recommend coaches be open to sharing their ideas and learning new ideas, approaches and philosophies. We will be guests of professional clubs and coaches and expect our group to be respectful of our hosts. We also ask that you remain flexible as there may be schedule changes during the workshop.

What should my expectations be?
Coaches should expect an organized, professional workshop that exposes them to professional coaches, teams, players and the host Federation that you may not typically have a chance to interact with.

We recommend you visit http://www.ussoccer.com/Coaches/CoachesNet/Intl-Workshops.aspx for comments from previous attendees.

Am I required to attend all lectures and field sessions?
Yes, U.S. Soccer expects attendees to attend all scheduled functions. Personal time will be scheduled based on the final agenda.

Will I be required to complete homework or course work?
Yes, candidates will be asked to complete a group assignment and participate in group discussions.

Can I bring my spouse, family members or friends with me?
U.S. Soccer does not recommend a spouse; family members or friends travel if they are not attending the workshop as a participant. We recommend you arrive early or stay after the workshop for personal travel.

What does the agenda look like?

Saturday, March 17
Arrival to Madrid
Check-in at the City of Fútbol Hotel
Welcome Meeting

Sunday, March 18
Real Madrid CF vs. Málaga CF (possible option)

Monday, March 19
Visit Atlético Madrid CF
Visit Real Madrid CF

Tuesday, March 20
Depart to Barcelona (bus)
Check-in hotel in Barcelona
Visit FC Barcelona

Wednesday, March 21
Visit Espanyol
Visit Espanyol
FC Barcelona vs. Granada CF (possible option)

Thursday, March 22
Visit FC Barcelona

Friday, March 23
Open afternoon
Farewell dinner

Saturday, March 24
Breakfast/Hotel check-out/Departure to airport

*Schedule subject to change.

What is a typical day like?
The agenda will be full from morning to night. On most days breakfast will be at 8 a.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. In between time will be spent visiting and learning from the various professional clubs and coaches.

Will there be free time?
The agenda will be full for the eight days. U.S. Soccer however does recognize the value in learning about different cultures and will try to provide time for coaches to explore, shop and learn about the different culture.

After reviewing the agenda and you feel you require additional time on your own then we recommend you arrive early or stay later.

Who will be attending the trip from U.S. Soccer?
U.S. Soccer will provide professional staff. The final list will be provided prior to departure.

What games will we see?
The final agenda will be available prior to departure. The current agenda includes one to two professional games.

What will the field sessions and lectures be on?
These will vary. In past trips we have focused on the local professional clubs, coaches and their players from youth to adult.

For all sponsored workshops U.S. Soccer works to include the host Federation. In 2012, The Spanish Federation is scheduled to present.

We recommend you visit http://www.ussoccer.com/Coaches/CoachesNet/Intl-Workshops.aspx to learn about previous trips.

Will we have a chance to play?
Yes, the agenda will call for some time to play during the week.

Am I required to play?
No, coaches are not required to play. Playing will only take place amongst the group or with local coaches.

Will training gear be provided?
Gear will not be provided so we recommend you bring along your boots and training gear.

Can I video tape lectures and/or field sessions?
Coaches are encouraged to bring cameras.

Do I need to submit a deposit with my application?
A $450 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required with your application.

When is final payment due?
Final payment is required 60 days (January 17) from departure date.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
A cancellation fee of $200 plus deposit ($450) will be assessed to candidates who cancel less than four (4) weeks from the start of the workshop, regardless of circumstance. All cancellations must be made in writing. Candidates enrolled who fail to attend will forfeit their entire tuition.

Does U.S. Soccer offer travel insurance?
Insurance is not included. We suggest you contact your local insurance broker for information on travel and medical insurance while for travel out-of-the country.

Will I receive a certificate?
All candidates will receive a certificate of attendance following the completion of the workshop.

Additional questions should be directed to Scott Flood at coachesnet@ussoccer.org or 312-528-1218.