[MLS]Coaches from all 19 MLS clubs, plus representatives of Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer, embarked Monday on a 16-month youth development course developed by the French soccer federation (FFF) to earn its elite formation coaching license. The program, hosted by the FFF at its famed Clairefontaine national training facility, is the same as the one it provides its domestic coaches. France is world famous for its development programs that have produced dozens of stars.
The program consists of three parts:
-- FFF course: eight weeks (320 hours) of field and classroom instruction.
-- European club observations: two weeks of immersion at an international youth academy at two of the following clubs: Paris St. Germain, Lyon, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and VfB Stuttgart.
-- 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.
Fred Lipka, the former director of the Paris Racing Academy and the Le Havre Athletic Club, will serve as the liaison between the FFF instructors and MLS, U.S. Soccer, and Canadian Soccer Association. Lipka will travel to each MLS club to review its youth academy and help guide the candidates through the sessions to obtain their formation licenses.
MLS Coaching Candidates:
Chicago Fire Larry Sunderland
Chivas USA Sasha van der Mos
Colorado RapidsSteve Cooke
Columbus Crew Billy Thompson
FC DallasLuchi Gonzalez
D.C. United Nolan Sheldon
Houston Dynamo James Clarkson
Sporting KC Jon Parry
LA Galaxy Jovan Kirovski
Montreal Impact Wilfried Nancy
New England Revolution Bryan Scales
New York Red Bulls John Wolyniec
Philadelphia UnionPeter Fuller
Portland TimbersMike Smith
Real Salt LakeFreddy Juarez
San Jose EarthquakesChris Leitch
Seattle Sounders Darren Sawatzky
Toronto FC Danny Dichio
Vancouver Whitecaps Craig Dalrymple
U.S. SoccerMarc Nicholls