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U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Workshop to Germany and Netherlands to Take Place from April 28-May 6, 2011


  • Week-Long Trip Provides Top-Level Educational Opportunity for Coaches
  • Additional Workshop in Brazil Set For March 17-25, 2011
  • Registration is Now Open for Both Workshops

CHICAGO (Oct. 5, 2010) – U.S. Soccer announced the coaching education workshop in Germany and the Netherlands will take place from April 28 – May 6, 2011, providing coaches with another fantastic opportunity to interact directly with top-level coaches, administrators and players from some of the best clubs and soccer countries in the world.

During the eight day, seven night workshop, participating coaches will have the opportunity to interact with members of professional coaching staffs and youth national teams, attend a first division game, analyze professional training sessions, and visit some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks. Registration also includes meals, accommodations, ground transportation, U.S. Soccer travel wear and coaching materials, certificate of attendance and a full-time guide.

This is the second international educational workshop provided by U.S. Soccer in 2011, as there is also a trip from March 17-25 to Brazil.

The visit to Germany will mark the 40th anniversary of U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program which began under the direction of Dettmar Cramer, a former coach of numerous national teams, including the U.S., and various club teams, including Bayern Munich.

“Germany has found success in a philosophy which starts at the top (senior national teams) and extends all the way to their youth national teams,” said Technical Advisor Mike Dickey. “They coordinate all their work with regional training centers and the regional training centers work directly with the clubs. They are also one of the best when it comes to coaching education. This is a perfect time to take a look at what they are doing and see how we might apply some of their ideas here in the USA.”

Attendees from the U.S. will depart on Thursday, April 28, on an overnight flight to Germany. The first part of the workshop will be located in Leverkusen, Germany, allowing access to the numerous professional clubs in the region. During the first part of the workshop, the agenda includes attending a professional game, a visit to the German Football Association (DFB) and visiting three professional clubs.

The second part of the workshop will begin on Wed., May 4, when coaches depart their hotel for the three-hour journey to Amsterdam, where they will stay for two nights before departing back to the U.S. on Friday, May 6. In Amsterdam, the coaches are scheduled to visit the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and professional club Ajax FC.

Since the first educational workshop in March 2009, more than 110 coaches have traveled internationally with U.S. Soccer to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain. In Argentina, coaches visited with coaches at the Argentina Football Association (AFA) and discussed coaching philosophy from U-15s to U-20s.

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