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20 MLS Youth Academy Coaches Kick Off Yearlong Educational Program in partnership with French Football Federation

20 MLS Youth Academy Coaches Kick Off Yearlong Educational Program in partnership with French Football Federation
 
Elite Youth Coaches head to World Cup winning French home base Clairefontaine for Master’s Degree in Coaching Education
 
NEW YORK, NY (September 10, 2019) – Major League Soccer today announced the fourth iteration of its groundbreaking partnership with the French Football Federation (FFF) that will provide 20 experienced MLS youth academy coaches with world-class training through a yearlong youth development course resulting in participants earning their Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).
 
The initiative places participants through the same course and training demands the FFF mandates of its domestic coaches but customized for North America’s needs, accelerating Major League Soccer’s collective expertise in player development. The program incorporates features unique to each MLS market allowing coaches to better serve their respective club with learnings from this continuing coaching education course. Created in 2013, the partnership has already seen more than 60 coaches graduate through the program to earn an EFCL license.
 
Officials from MLS gathered in Paris in June to meet with French Football Federation President Noël Le Graët to officially renew the partnership and extend the pledge to offer mutually beneficial resources. The partnership with the FFF promotes an exchange of best practices and experiences in youth development. Program methods include on-field training sessions, classroom instruction and development of strategic academy growth through seminars with academy directors and coaches from the various international clubs and federations participating.
 
“Major League Soccer is committed to becoming a leader in the area of player development, and the continued partnership with the French Football Federation provides an important learning opportunity and world class education for our elite academy coaches,” said MLS Vice President & Technical Director, Youth Development Fred Lipka. “Since announcing the partnership six years ago, we have already seen its tremendous impact on our player development system, laying a strong foundation of expertise throughout our academies. We are incredibly excited to continue this process as these coaches continue to raise the standard of academies throughout the league.”
 
The EFCL program consists of three parts:
  • FFF course with a week of intensive field and classroom instruction at the Clairefontaine national training facility in France and an additional four weeks of domestic training in the United States and Canada
  • European Club Observations – One week of immersion at an international youth academy at one of the following clubs: Inter Milan (Italy), Benfica (Portugal), Anderlecht (Belgium), Espanyol de Barcelona (Spain), Olympique Lyonnais (France), AS Saint Etienne (France), FC Metz (France), RC Strasbourg (France), FC Lorient (France)
  • Integration of the Program with MLS Academy – Creation and/or modification of the Club’s youth curriculum and evaluation system for the development of players
The EFCL program begins in Clairefontaine for a week of training followed by a week of European club immersion where coaches will receive rigorous hands on instruction from club management on training styles from top to bottom of the academy. Following several installments of coaching sessions in the United States and Canada during the following months, participants will return to Clairefontaine 12 months later for a final week of evaluation. In order to complete the EFCL program, each participating coach must secure a CSA or USSF A coaching license in advance of the final exam at the end of the 12-month period.  At the conclusion of the program, all passing participants will receive an Elite Formation Coaching License.
 
Previous participants of EFCL include FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez, Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney, Real Salt Lake interim head coach Freddy Juarez, and Seattle Sounders FC technical director Marc Nicholls, among dozens more.
 
EFCL MLS CLUB PARTICIPANTS
First Name
Last Name
Current Club
Current Coaching Position
Steven
Covino
Atlanta United
U14 Head Coach
Michael "Ross"
Brady
Chicago Fire
U13 Head Coach
Joshua
Neff
FC Cincinnati
U15 Head Coach & Performance Specialist
Erik
Bushey
Colorado Rapids
U17 Head Coach
Kelvin
Jones
Columbus Crew SC
U19 Head Coach
Matias
Asorey
FC Dallas
U17 Head Coach
Gus
Teren
D.C. United
U14 Head Coach & Academy Technical Director
Javier
Cano Gallego
D.C. United
U19 Head Coach
Alex Kuehl
Houston Dynamo
U14 Head Coach
Victor
Pastora
Inter Miami CF
U15 Head Coach
Nicolas
Gagnon
Montreal Impact
U15 Head Coach
Samuel
Castellanos
New York Red Bulls
U19 Head Coach
Rodrigo
Marion
New York City FC
U17 Head Coach
Javier
Carrillo
Orlando City SC
U17 Head Coach & Academy Director Assistant
Cody
Worden
Real Salt Lake
U17 Head Coach
Daniel
DeGeer
San Jose Earthquakes
U14 Head Coach & Director of Pre-Formation
Daniel
Lock
Seattle Sounders FC
U15 Head Coach
Christopher
O'Neal
Sporting Kansas City
U15 Head Coach
Gianni
Cimini
Toronto FC
U17 Head Coach
Scott
Howey
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
U15 Head Coach
 

 

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