MLS announces partnership with French Football Federation

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Major League Soccer and the French Football Federation (FFF) have announced a partnership aimed at providing MLS academy coaches with world class training through a 16-month development course and earning their Elite Formation Coaching License.

The FFF will host the MLS delegation at its Clairefontaine national training facility and guide the youth directors through the same program as the one it provides its domestic coaches; however, the EFCL program will include customized features developed by MLS, the United States Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).

"We are incredibly excited about this new partnership with the French Football Federation.  As part of our vision to be among the top leagues in the world by 2022, we are committed to becoming leaders in the area of player development. This initiative will provide an important learning opportunity for MLS youth academies,” MLS Executive Vice President of Player Relations & Competition Todd Durbin said.

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The course will feature eight weeks of coursework, a two-week immersion at the academy of a number of major European teams, including Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Paris Saint-German and an eventual integration into the MLS academy system.

“Through our partnership with MLS, The French Football Federation is proud and excited to be engaged in such a marvelous project. The expectations of MLS are very high and the FFF technical department is greatly honored to be selected in this area. Our commitment with MLS will be the foundation for concrete and great development between U.S. and French football, as it mirrors the long term friendship between France and the United States,” said FFF Technical Director François Blaquart.

Each MLS club, along with US Soccer and MLS, nominated one coach from their academy to participate in the program, which will be spread out over eight sessions between February 2013 and May 2014, culminating with the integration of the program into MLS academies starting in July 2014.

The program timeline is as follows:

February 25 - March 1: Session 1 at Clairefontaine
March 2-8: European Club Observation #1
June 2013: Session 2 & Session 3 in the United States
September 2013: Session 4 & Session 5 at Clairefontaine
September 2013: European Club Observation #2
February / March 2014: Session 6 & 7 in the United States
May / June 2014: Session 8 at Clairefontaine
July 2014: Begin Integration of Program into MLS Academies

MLS Club Candidates

Chicago Fire

Larry

Sunderland

Chivas USA

Sasha

van der Mos

Colorado Rapids

Steve

Cooke

Columbus Crew

Billy

Thompson

FC Dallas

Luchi

Gonzalez

D.C. United

Nolan

Sheldon

Houston Dynamo

James

Clarkson

Sporting Kansas City

Jon

Parry

LA Galaxy

Jovan

Kirovski

Montreal Impact

Wilfried

Nancy

New England Revolution

Bryan

Scales

New York Red Bulls

John

Wolyniec

Philadelphia Union

Peter

Fuller

Portland Timbers

Mike

Smith

Real Salt Lake

Freddy

Juarez

San Jose Earthquakes

Chris

Leitch

Seattle Sounders FC

Darren

Sawatzky

Toronto FC

Danny

Dichio

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Craig

Dalrymple

MLS

Greg

Vanney

U.S. Soccer

Marc

Nicholls

 

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