Adam Day U-16 Residency
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Whitecaps FC continue coaching education through elite international MLS program

In conjunction with Major League Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Thursday the club's continued participation in the Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL), in addition to a new continuing education course in partnership with La Liga.
 
Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency coach Adam Day will take the EFCL course this year, while technical director Craig Dalrymple will build on his EFCL license through the La Liga course. Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) head coach Rich Fagan has also earned his EFCL license.
 
This year marks the third iteration a groundbreaking partnership between MLS and the French Football Federation (FFF) that provides MLS youth academy coaches with world-class training through a 14-month youth development course resulting in participants earning their Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).
 
Created in 2013, the partnership has already seen more than 40 coaches graduate through the program and earn their EFCL license. The initiative places participants through an MLS customized program incorporating features unique to their regions allowing coaches to better serve their respective club needs, while providing the same course and training demands the FFF mandates of its domestic coaches.
 
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 for MLS youth academies,” said MLS Executive Vice President of Competition & Player Relations Todd Durbin. “Since announcing the partnership four years ago, we have already seen its tremendous impact on our youth academy system and we are incredibly excited to continue that process.”
 
The EFCL program consists of three parts:
  • FFF course with two weeks of intensive field and classroom instruction at the Clairefontaine national training facility in France and an additional five 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: Olympique Lyonnais, Toulouse, Guingamp, Atletico Madrid, Malaga, RCD Espanyol, RB Leipzig
  • 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 on April 29 in Clairefontaine for six days 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 in June 2018 for a final week of instruction and the conclusion of the program.
 
In addition, a landmark partnership with Spain’s La Liga will give EFCL-certified coaches and current MLS academy directors an opportunity to receive continued education in conjunction with some of the leading academies in global soccer. In total, 18 MLS academy directors and EFCL-certified coaches will participate in the 10-day educational program learning from top academy coaches and sporting directors from internationally acclaimed clubs on topics including strategic youth development, scouting, and athletic development.
 
“This tremendous partnership is the first step in developing a special relationship with La Liga and Spanish clubs based on mutual respect and giving both Spanish and American and Canadian coaches the opportunity to share their best youth development practices,” said MLS Technical Director of Youth Player and Development Fred Lipka. “We look forward to seeing our youth academy directors and coaches take these invaluable experiences and adapt them to Major League Soccer.” 
 
The La Liga continuing education partnership includes observations and seminars with French Ligue 1 clubs OGC Nice and AS Monaco along with Spanish La Liga clubs Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Malaga. In addition to the hands on immersive courses with each club, participants will also receive coaching seminars at the FFF Excellence Preformation Center in Marseille.
 
EFCL MLS CLUB PARTICIPANTS
Atlanta United
Matt
Lawrey
Chicago Fire
Francisco
Murguia
Colorado Rapids
Chris
Cartlidge
Columbus Crew SC
Ben
Cross
D.C. United
Nathan
Kish
D.C. United
Dave
Sanford
FC Dallas
Chris
Hayden
Houston Dynamo
Scott
James
LA Galaxy
Mauricio
Cienfuegos
Minnesota United FC
Tim
Carter
Montreal Impact
Serge
Dinkota
New England Revolution
Patrick
Ouckama
New York Red Bulls
Simon
Nee
Portland Timbers
Ryan
Miller
San Jose Earthquakes
Eder
Quintanilla
Seattle Sounders FC
Chris
Little
Sporting Kansas City
Declan
Jogi
Sporting Kansas City
Kelly
Findley
Toronto FC
Michael
Stefano
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Adam
Day
 
LA LIGA CONTINUING EDUCATION PARTICIPANTS
Atlanta United
Tony
Annan
Chicago Fire
Cedric
Cattenoy
Colorado Rapids
Bryan
Crookham
Columbus Crew SC
Oscar
Suarez
D.C. United
Ryan
Martin
FC Dallas
Luchi
Gonzales
Houston Dynamo
James
Clarkson
Los Angeles FC
Todd
Saldana
Montreal Impact
Philippe
Eullafroy
Orlando City SC
David
Longwell
Portland Timbers
Larry
Sunderland
Real Salt Lake
Martin
Vasquez
San Jose Earthquakes
Chris
Leitch
Seattle Sounders FC
Marc
Nicholls
Sporting Kansas City
Jon
Parry
Toronto FC
Laurent
Guyot
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Craig
Dalrymple
Major League Soccer
Tommy
Wilson

 

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