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U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet Gears Up for Educational Trip to Spain


Dave Chesler, Jay Hoffman to Lead Group of 44 Coaches During Week-Long Trip

U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department is currently preparing for its educational trip to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, from March 17-24. A group of 44 coaches will spend a week there learning about player development from various coaches, teams and administrators.

CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2012) – U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department is finalizing plans for its upcoming educational trip to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. The group that will participate in the excursion is made up of 44 coaches who will spend a week learning about player development from various coaches, teams and administrators.

“Spain is recognized as a current leader in soccer in many areas, such as coaching development and team performance,” U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Dave Chesler said. “Their teams perform at the highest level of club and national team competition.”

Chesler and Virginia Rush Director of Coaching Jay Hoffman will guide the group’s numerous activities throughout the week. During the trip, coaches will take part in lectures and discussions on player development and observe training sessions.

Participants also will have group discussions with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and listen to special lectures from professional coaches in La Liga. Some of the renowned lecturers include Javier Minano, fitness coach for the Spain National Team, Paco de Miguel, fitness coach for Liverpool FC, and Lorenzo Buenaventura, fitness coach for FC Barcelona.

“We will have the opportunity to visit professional clubs and have face-to-face presentations and discussions with teams’ technical leaders and club leaders,” Chesler said. “My role will be to facilitate the technical portions of the trip and try not to filter the information but highlight the information, to challenge the coaches to process it for application in our home environment in the U.S.”

Attendees will have many other unique opportunities offered to them throughout the trip. Some of these include private access to the Spanish Federation and Real Madrid training grounds and professional staffs, attendance at professional matches and the chance to analyze professional training sessions and visit some of the most well-known stadiums and landmarks in Spain. Participants will also be staying at the Ciudad del Futbol hotel, which is located on the grounds of the Spanish Football Federation. Access will allow coaches an insider’s perspective into one of the most successful clubs in the world.

Chesler said the itinerary sets up for an innovative and beneficial trip for the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department.

“Spain’s technical ability on the ball and soccer competency is extraordinary,” Chesler said. “They have a common system and style throughout their range of age groups for their national teams. I think that style and attention to detail and technique is prevalent throughout the clubs and their culture, and this trip will provide an unfiltered perspective of their academy development programs and clubs.”

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