Almost all 50 participants of the 2012 edition in Amsterdam had registered for the WFA Expert Meeting 2013 in London. Football coaches, technical directors and physiotherapists from over 40 countries participated in this five-day event at the Surrey Sports Park (University of Surrey).
Each of the five days was devoted to a specific area of expertise: “periodisation football”, “football psychology”, “tactical and technical periodisation”, “football strength training” and “football rehab.” Raymond Verheijen and 15 experts shared their knowledge, including Javi Mallo (Manchester City), Ross Tucker (University of Cape Town), Mike Forde (Chelsea FC), José Tavares (FC Porto) and Andy Barr (NY Nicks). On Friday evening, the whole group enjoyed a network event on the Thames river.
What delegates say about this event:
“This year’s meeting was a big step forwards from our first meeting, expanding the logical, objective philosophical approach to football beyond the realm of conditioning. The addition of real world ‘case studies’ from clubs such as Porto and Feyenoord added a new dimension to the delegates’ education. Our work in Australia has many parallels with the vision of Raymond Verheijen and many of the ideas presented at this meeting are already being applied in our National Technical Direction. I believe we are seeing the evolution of the future of coaching and coach education. Congratulations to the World Football Academy for delivering such a high-class and challenging event.”
Kelly Cross – Assistant National Technical Director of the FFA- Australia
“Another fantastic learning experience which I will implement at my club. Many great speakers with great knowledge in their field of expertise. It was very good to see the old and new delegates from all over the world again. The best comment I heard in London was “I learned more here than on any other UEFA-licence course”. They all want only one thing and that is improving football by thinking football.”
Petter Loffeld – Fitness Coach at Nesodden IF – Norway