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U.S. Soccer CoachesNet Announces Two Educational Trips For 2010

  • Coaches Offered Trip to Argentina in February and Spain in March
  • Argentina: Unique access of two pro clubs Boca Juniors and Estudiantes; Attend two pro matches; Lectures with Argentina Football Federation and professional teams
    Registration open to “A” or “B” coaches or those who match these requirements with another license, diploma or coaching experience 
  • Spain: Stay on the campus of the Spanish FA and Real Madrid; attend two Real Madrid La Liga matches; Lectures with Spanish FA and Real Madrid; Observe professional training sessions
    Registration open to all coaches
  • “A” License Coaches Earn Eight Continuing Education Credits

CHICAGO (Oct. 7, 2009) – In an effort to continue to provide unique coaching opportunities to its members, U.S. Soccer’s CoachesNet is offering educational trips to both Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain in 2010. The announcement comes six months after the inaugural and successful coaching education trip that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Centered on the feedback received from the Buenos Aries trip this past March, U.S. Soccer has added to its agenda for the return visit to Buenos Aires. The time spent in Buenos Aires will focus on two specific clubs and their day to day professional training and youth development. This unique trip will allow coaches the opportunity to study and learn from two very successful international clubs.

In offering its first international coaching trip geared toward professional coaches looking to grow and advance their career, attendees will head off to South America on Thursday, Feb. 11 and return to the United States on Friday, Feb. 19. The first three days will be spent in Buenos Aires where coaches will attend two professional matches, attend youth games, and take part in lectures led by professional coaches and the Argentina Football Federation (AFA).

The fist few days in Argentina will focus around Casa Amarilla, home of the Boca Juniors training center, where they will take part in lectures and observe youth training sessions run by their professional staff. Access given will allow coaches an insider’s perspective to one of the most successful clubs in the world.

Upon departing Buenos Aries, coaches will head south to the city of La Plata where they will spend the next four days with professional club Estudiantes.

During the stay with Estudiantes, coaches will focus on how their teams prepare, train and play from their youth to professionals sides. Coaches will attend training sessions, take part in lectures and have access to the club and coaching staff.

“Estudiantes is well known for developing youth players and will provide a terrific opportunity for high level coaches to study how they handle youth and professional players on day-to-day basis,” said National Staff Coach Juan Carlos Michia. “It is certainly a great opportunity for “A” license coaches to immerse themselves with two very well-known clubs in a professional setting, continue their education and earn their necessary credits.”

Registration is open to coaches who currently hold a U.S. Soccer "A" or "B" license or those coaches who match these requirements with another license, diploma or professional experience. Upon completion, "A" License coaches will receive eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending this educational trip.

Registration also includes a certificate of attendance from U.S. Soccer, round-trip airfare from Miami, Fla., NIKE traveling gear, meals, accommodations and a full-time bilingual guide.

The second educational trip offers coaches an opportunity to spend six nights and seven days in Madrid, Spain. During the week long visit coaches will take part in lectures and discussions on player development and observe training sessions. Attendees will also have group discussions with the Spanish FA and listen to special lectures from professional coaches in La Liga.

Based off of a similar schedule used in Argentina earlier this year, attendees will enjoy multiple learning opportunities from various professional coaches, teams and administrators. Attendees will have unique, and typically private, access to the Spanish FA and Real Madrid training grounds and professional staffs, attend two La Liga Real Madrid games, analyze professional training sessions and visit some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks in the city.

Coaches will depart on Thursday, March 18 and arrive in Madrid on Friday, March 19, where they will be met at the airport by a full-time bilingual guide. The group will check-in to the City of Futbol hotel which is located on the grounds of the Spanish Football Federation and the Real Madrid Training Center.

“La Liga is a highly rated league and being able to stay on the campus of the Spanish FA and Real Madrid and have unlimited access is a very unique opportunity that will provide coaches with a truly educational and exciting trip,” says Michia. “Listening to and learning from the Spanish FA will be a true highlight.”

The educational experience will be highlighted with the attendance of two Real Madrid La Liga games. Real plays at home vs. Sporting Gijon on Sunday, March 21 and away against Getafe on Wednesday, March 24. This is a rare chance to see two league matches, the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, home of Real Madrid, and an away derby match vs. Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez stadium.

The focus of this trip will be to observe and interact with coaches from professional clubs like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Getafe and the Spanish Football Federation on how they develop players.

Registration is open to all coaches for the Madrid, Spain trip and current U.S Soccer “A” licensed coaches will earn eight (8) Continuing Education Units for attending this educational trip.

Registration also includes a certificate of attendance from U.S. Soccer, round-trip airfare from Newark, N.J., NIKE traveling gear, meals, accommodations and a full-time bilingual guide.

Available through, CoachesNet is devoted to educating its members on U.S. National Team coaching tactics by breaking down games at the highest level, analyzing training sessions and tactics and delving into the keys to preparation.

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  • Visit for more details on traveling to Argentina and Spain. A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter both countries. U.S. citizens may enter both countries for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.