US & Dutch FA’s to join Athletic Bilbao and Schalke as part of performance programme at Soccerex USA

4 November 2019 | Performance
US & Dutch FA’s to join Athletic Bilbao and Schalke as part of performance programme at Soccerex USA
Player performance at youth and elite levels will feature heavily at Soccerex USA, 21-22 November, Miami with expert speakers from leading organizations such as US Soccer, KNVB, Athletic Bilbao, Schalke, Charleston Battery and Totum Sport set to share their insight and experience on the different elements involved through a series of panel discussions and presentations.

The modern soccer is more physically demanding than ever before, meaning the analysis and monitoring of athletes and their physical and mental wellbeing is of the utmost importance. This analysis can be used to shape the correct training, nutrition and recovery programmes for individuals, to optimise an athlete’s performance. The methodology, technology and science behind optimising performance will be a running theme throughout the conference agenda, with sessions focusing on youth / academy level performance and physical conditioning and recovery and presentations from the Dutch Football Association, Athletic Bilbao, Empericus and BeStrong.

Youth talent is the life blood of many clubs and federation and to analyse best practice in maximising youth performance Soccerex USA will feature a panel of international and US experts including Derek Broadley, Youth Technical Director, Charleston Battery; Carles Romagosa, Technical Director, Thailand FA & Author, Ekkono Method; Andy Guard, Youth National Team's Sports Scientist, US Soccer and Mathias Schober, Head of Youth, Schalke 04. The session, moderated by United Soccer Coaches CEO, Lynn Berling-Manuel, will delve into how innovations in areas such as technology, fitness and nutrition can give these young players the competitive edge they need to succeed at the highest level.

The programme will also tackle physical performance and the issue of recovery with a session featuring Julian Haigh, NWSL and US Soccer’s Sports Scientist, speaking alongside John Kelleher, CEO, Totum Sport – the world’s first performance and recovery hydration solution for athletes. Julian and John will look at the analysis of a player’s physical state, and citing experiences working with elite athletes to explain what can be done to improve recovery and optimise physical performance, and the positive effects that having carefully monitored training and nutrition programmes can have on an athlete’s performance. 

Both the men’s and women’s Dutch national teams have been very successful in recent competitions, reaching the final of the UEFA Nations League and FIFA Women’s World Cup respectively, providing fantastic footballing performances along the way. Art Langeler, Director of Development, KNVB will provide a rare insight into structural and developmental philosophies that have underpinned this success. His presentation will cover the measures implemented at grassroots and elite development levels, whilst looking at how this transcends up to the senior teams. Art will also highlight the work that goes into the education of the coaches themselves at KNVB and how this has played a key role in the progression of their vision for development at all levels.

Delegates at Soccerex USA will also be treated to an exclusive session from Athletic Bilbao’s Director General, Jon Berasategi, on how the club manages to remain a regular fixture in Laliga despite a policy of identifying and developing talent exclusively from the Basque region With the club having such a small pool of players to choose from, player identification and development is key to their success and their academy has long been lourded as one of the best in Europe.

The focus on performance at Soccerex USA also includes presentations from Nuno Godinho of Empericus, and BeStrong Fitness Park’s Ian Campbell. Nuno will present Empericus’ patent pending health intelligence platform™, and reveal how critical metrics, machine learning and a 360-degree athlete health approach will deliver exhaustive history, analytics and decision-making power into the hands of anyone concerned with athlete wellness and organizational excellence.

Ian will inform on how BeStrong are the only company to produce complete outdoor training facilities specifically designed for soccer and how the configuration can help all levels from youth to elite level, and demonstrate how the BeStrong Soccer Training Park has been designed understanding the physical demands of youth and professional players and the risk factors related to injury.

Over two days, Soccerex USA will gather 2000 senior stakeholders from across the football industry to network, share insight and develop business opportunities that will drive forward the future of the game.  The programme will feature key figures from across the Americas and beyond to discuss a variety of topics such as the rise of women’s soccer, the evolution of soccer specific stadia, maximizing youth development, and adapting to soccer consumption trends, as well as an overview of MLS at 25.  

For more information on Soccerex USA including the full conference programme and list of speakers, click here

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