Elite Soccer Congress | 9 and 10 June

AS and Fútbol Táctico launch Elite Soccer Congress

Marcelino, Juan Carlos Osorio, Diego Cocca, Rita Guarino, Roberto Sassi... master classes from elite soccer coaches from Europe and the Americas. Register now!

AS and Fútbol Táctico have joined forces to create the Elite Soccer Congress, an online conference, presented in both Spanish and English, aimed at coaches in any sport, offering master classes from a world-class field of coaches, former players, physical trainers, sports psychologists, analysts, technical directors, managers and sporting directors of clubs and national sides from Europe and the Americas.

Marcelino, Juan Carlos Osorio, Diego Cocca, Rita Guarino, Roberto Sassi, Paco López, Joseba Arrasate, Carlos Carvalhal, Javier Bustos, Isaac Oriol, Paco Seirul-lo, André Tiago, Paco González, Carlos Inarejos, Juanjo Vila, Sergio González, Álvaro Benito, José Carlos Pérez Santos, Pedro Cerillo and Augusto César, among others, will be sharing their know-how, methods and tips with the Congress attendees, who will receive a diploma from the Universidad Europea. The Congress takes place on 9 and 10 June.

The experience of Fútbol Táctico, the global reach of AS

The Elite Soccer Congress brings together Fútbol Táctico, the leading online Spanish-language magazine for professional soccer and futsal, launched in 2007 and which offers specific editions for Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia; Diario AS and As.com, the official media partners of the event and leading outlets in the sporting press in Spain and the Americas; and the Universidad Europea, the academic institution certifying the 2021 edition of the course. The event will be presented by the journalist Ramón Fuentes, and will count on the participation of journalists from AS.

Fútbol Táctico boasts wide experience organising these kind of events, being involved in organising the International Football Congress in Valencia (2012), the World Congress of Football Coaches in Seville (2015), the International Carballo Congress (2016), and has published 139 monthly editions of its online magazine, as well as having given 5,500 courses, with more than 180,000 registered coaches.

Fútbol Táctico will stream the participants' sessions at the Congress, with the attendees at the Elite Soccer Congress (price €60, currently around $75) being able to watch live or up to 72 hours after the event in question. The ability to watch later on allows each attendee to follow the Congress as best suits them, in line with their schedule and the time zone of their country. The talks will each last 50 minutes with a 15-minute question and answer session.

Timetable for 9 and 10 June

The Elite Soccer Congress gets underway on 9 June at 9:30 am CEST (3:30 am ET) with the presentation of the event, being followed by talks until 8:30 pm CEST (2:30 pm ET). There might be changes to the running order, but in principle the first day will see talks from Álex Couto (former general manager of Dinamo Bucarest), Martí Perarnau (editor of Perarnau Magazine), Paco González (Real Valladolid analyst), Roberto Sassi (former training director at Juventus), André Tiago Pinto (sporting general manager at AS Roma), Carlos Inarejos (coach of Al-Shabab), Carlos Carvalhal (coach of Sporting Club Braga), Álvaro Benito (former player, coach and commentator), Diego Cocca (coach of Atlas) and Javier Bustos (physical trainer of Atlas).

On Thursday 10 June, the master classes start with Juanjo Vila (Editor of Fútbol Táctico), followed by Paco Seirul-lo (director of the methodology department at FC Barcelona), Isaac Oriol (methodology department at FC Barcelona), Rita Guarino (coach of Juventus Femenino), Gustavo Flores (goalkeeping coach), Marcelino García Toral (coach of Athletic Club), Augusto César Lendoiro (former president of Deportivo de la Coruña), Jose Carlos Peres (former president of Santos), Pedro Cedillo (president of Everton FC de Chile), Sergio González (coach), Joseba Arrasate (coach of Osasuna) and Paco López (coach of Levante UD).

Elite Soccer Congress Award for Luis Fernando Montoya

The Elite Soccer Congress will also pay tribute to Luis Fernando Montoya with the presentation of an award in recognition of his career as one of the most highly respected Colombian football coaches and an incredible example of the power of the human spirit, after being attacked on 22 December 2004. Pacho Maturana, another legend of Colombian football, will present the Elite Soccer Congress Award.