World Class LaLiga Youth Soccer Training Program at Walt Disney World ESPN Wide World of Sports

LaLiga youth soccer training program is coming to Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports this June.  Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports has grown into the premiere venue for youth sports, and the LaLiga youth soccer training program only adds to it.  This new multi-year relationship with IdeaSport, LLC will establish the LaLiga youth soccer training program for kids, coaches and officials at Disney’s sports complex, and bring a tournament, camps, and special events to Walt Disney World.

LaLiga Youth Soccer Training Program

(L-R) Former Real Madrid player Raúl González Blanco, Director of IdeaSport Planning & Development Eduardo Frisicaro, Director of Disney Sports Planning Jorge Senior, LaLiga President Javier Tebas, Vice President of Disney Sports Faron Kelley, and former Barcelona player Gianluca Zambrotta. Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

From Disney Sports’ Press Release

As the popularity of soccer continues to rise around the globe, Walt Disney World Resort is teaming with IdeaSport, LLC to host a soccer program for youth athletes at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida that will be sponsored by LaLiga, one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world.

Through this multi-year agreement, the program presented by LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort will provide a holistic approach to soccer education with proven, year-round training and development for youth soccer athletes, developing them on and off the field, as well as training for coaches and officials.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

“For the last 20 years, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been a top venue for athletes of all ages and levels to pursue their sports dreams,” said Faron D. Kelley, vice president of Disney Sports. “As we continue to expand our growing portfolio of youth soccer events, we are excited to work with IdeaSport and LaLiga to provide this world-class development opportunity for youth soccer athletes.”

An open house will be hosted by LaLiga and Walt Disney World on June 1-4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and training and development is scheduled to begin in late June. In addition, multiple events and exhibitions are expected to be brought to the complex each year, including a tournament, on-site events and summer camps with current and former LaLiga players and coaches, visits from LaLiga legends and ambassadors, and more events to be announced throughout the multi-year relationship.

Disney's Soccer Showcase

“This represents the coming together of two strong brands where passion, drive and authenticity meet,” said Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga. “This unique opportunity will help aspiring youth soccer players to learn the LaLiga style of soccer from our world-class coaches, players and officials associated with our league.”

LaLiga is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. It has produced Europe’s top-rated club more times (18) than any other league, and it reached 2.1 billion viewers worldwide in the 2015-2016 season, according to Nielsen ratings. During the first round of the 2016-17 season, that number grew by 37 percent.

For more information on this exciting new soccer program, visit www.idea-sports.com. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagramtwitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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