"Ekkono's individual program has allowed me to deepen my understanding of myself as a player, grasp some details, and learn how to perform better"



The young promise Elijah Malik Dixon-Bonner, currently playing for English club Queens Park Rangers, joins the list of professional players who trust in the individual program of Ekkono to improve their performance.

Dixon-Bonner began his career with Arsenal joining the club at Under-9 level before moving to Liverpool in 2015. During the following years, he moved through the club's under-16 and under-18 until making his debut with the first team in 2020 at the age of 19.

Furthermore, during his time with the Reds, Dixon-Bonner was also selected for the England National team Under-16s (where he served as captain) and Under-17s.

Following his initial individual program with Ekkono, Dixon states that "The Ekkono individual program has allowed me to deepen my understanding of myself as a player, understand some details, and learn how to perform better."

"Ekkono helps me better undestand the needs of my position and enhances my performance in every match"



Sebastian Jurado, Mexican goalkeeper currently playing for FC Juárez, joins the extensive list of professional players who trust in Ekkono's Individual Player Performance Program (IPPP) to enhance their performance.

After 5 seasons playing for Cruz Azul, where he became champion of Liga MX, Supercopa de la Liga, and the "Campeón the Campeones" tournament, Sebastian, who also won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, joined FC Juarez in the current season.

For several months now, Sebastian Jurado has been receiving guidance from Ekkono through video analysis reports and subsequent feedback, providing him with the necessary support to improve his performance.

As Sebastian states, "The individual advisory program offered by Ekkono is a process that helps me better understand the needs of my position and contributes to improving my performance in every match."

Thus, Sebastian Jurado becomes the third Mexican player, alongside Santiago Naveda and Eric Lira, to trust in Ekkono individual mentoring program.

"I have been using Ekkono’s individual coaching program. They analyse me on video, give me qualitative feedback through private sessions and help me to improve day by day”



Unai Bilbao, central defender playing for Atlético San Luis, joins the extensive list of professional players who trust Ekkono to enhance their performance through individualized coaching program.

After training in the youth teams of Athletic Bilbao and making his debut with the Spanish U17 national team, Unai arrived in the Mexican League in 2018, where he has become a key player for Atlético de San Luis.

After several months of receiving individualized coaching, Unai states, “I have been using Ekkono’s individual coaching program. They analyse me on video, give me qualitative feedback through private sessions and help me to improve day by day”

Eerikkilä and Soccer Services Barcelona have extended their collaboration agreement for the use of the Ekkono Method in coaching education and players development



Eerikkilä Sports & Outdoor Resort, official partner of the Ekkono Method in Finland for over a decade, and Soccer Services Barcelona have reached an agreement to extend their collaboration for another year.

With the extension of the agreement, the Ekkono Method will continue to offer Ekkono Football Camps throughout the year, aiming to develop the understanding of the game and intelligence of young players.

Additionally, the Ekkono Coaching Pathway program will be offered again, open to all coaches in the country. The pathway will be divided into four different levels, covering important topics such as developing understanding of the game, designing the game model, training methodology, team fundamentals, and individual fundamentals by position, among others.

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 Antti Kekkonen, director of football services at Eerikkilä, stated, "We are very pleased with the contract extension. We were clear that we wanted to continue our cooperation with Soccer Services Barcelona. The role of Ekkono will be even more important in the future as part of training related to the development of game understanding. The goal is to produce better players, and this goal is favored by the fact that coaches have a better understanding of the game."

"When we started working together over a decade ago, we knew that Eerikkilä was an ideal partner for us and the right place to educate Finnish coaches and players using the Ekkono Method. Our goal with this cooperation is also to promote the development of Finnish football at all levels," said Miquel Farrerons, CEO of Soccer Services Barcelona.

Record-Breaking Attendance at Ekkono's Summer Camps 2023



Every summer and winter, Ekkono organizes Summer Camps in various countries, giving children the chance to learn how to enhance their intelligence as players.

This summer, over 700 boys and girls participated in the Ekkono Summer Camps, which were held in four different countries.

The Ekkono Summer Camps are primarily designed for U7-U13 players. Here, they are trained in the key universal fundamentals for the initiation stage, such as perception, passing, progressing, support, control, marking, and more, following the Ekkono guidelines. Of these fundamentals, the Ekkono Camps place special emphasis on Perception – crucial for understanding the game and nurturing a player's intelligence.

Additionally, every camp features the "Smartfielder" activity, a theoretical session where players learn about each fundamental through video clips from past training sessions. This unique approach showcases the players' correct and incorrect actions, offering a deeper comprehension of the concepts.

To conclude, each participant of the Ekkono Camps is provided an individual report, analyzing their performance across the various fundamentals covered during the camp. This report acts as a self-assessment tool, aiding their ongoing development as players.

Irene Paredes and the Spanish National Team make history becoming World Cup winners



The Spanish National Team was crowned World Champions for the first time in its history after defeating England in the final. From Soccer Services Barcelona, we want to congratulate all members of the team, with a special mention to Irene Paredes, who chose to trust Ekkono to help improving her performance through individualized guidance. We also want to congratulate the other international players who were advised by Ekkono at some point in their careers to improve their performance.

The Spanish national team's defender and current FC Barcelona player played a fundamental role in winning the tournament, being the only Spanish player to have played every possible minute during the World Cup.

A similar case of American midfielder Andi Sullivan, who played all possible minutes with the US national team until being eliminated in the penalty shootout in the round of 16.

Same fate as Nigerian forward Rasheedat Ajibade, who despite her speed and talent, couldn't avoid the Nigerian team's elimination against England in the penalty shootout of the round of 16.

Lastly, the Japanese national team was eliminated in the quarter-finals, despite being the top-performing team in the group stage with a balance of 11 goals scored and 0 conceded in the 3 played matches.

Among the Japanese Team are some of the players we had the pleasure to work directly with during our 3-year collaboration with the Japanese Football Federation, such as Jun Endo (1 goal and 1 assist in the group stage), Miyabi Moriya, Miyake Shiori, and Chika Hirao.

Congratulations to all of them!

“The Ekkono Individual Performance Program helps me improve my performance and understanding of the game”



Erik Lira, current defensive midfielder for Cruz Azul and international player for the Mexican national team, joins the list of professional players who trust the Ekkono Method to improve their performance.

At just 23 years old, Erik Lira has become a key player for Cruz Azul, with whom he won the Liga Supercup last season and was included in the ideal eleven of the Apertura Tournament in the 2021 season.

After more than a season following Ekkono's individual advisory program, Erik Lira affirms that: “The Ekkono Individual Performance Program helps me improve my performance and understanding of the game.”

“Working with Ekkono helped me understand who I am as a player and how to improve”



Luca de la Torre, current midfielder for Celta de Vigo and the United States national team, is another one of the many professional players that Ekkono advises to improve their performance through individual reports.

Since we started advising Luca in the middle of last season while he was still playing for Heracles Almeno in the Eredivisie league, his performance has been constantly evolving, becoming an undisputed starter for Celta de Vigo.

After more than a year following the Individual Performance Improvement Program (IPPP), Luca de la Torre states the following: "Working with Ekkono has helped me understand who I am as a player and how to improve my performance".

Thus, Luca de la Torre becomes the fourth American professional player with whom Ekkono collaborates to help improve their performance, joining Christian Pulisic (FC Chelsea) Timothy Weah (Lille O.S.C) and Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

“Ekkono did a fantastic job analyzing, organizing, and explaining their work so it was efficient, easy to understand and applicable. They can definitely help any player continue to improve”



Andi Sullivan, Washington Spirit and United States National Team midfielder, recently joined the long list of professional players to whom Ekkono has advised through individual reports to improve their performance.

At 27 years old, Andi Sullivan has a brilliant track record, both individual and collective, in which the NCAA Championship obtained in 2017, the 3 She Believes Cups (2018, 2020, 2022) and the CONCACAF tournament achieved in 2022 stand out.

After receiving advice from Ekkono, Andi stated the following:

“I really enjoy my work with Ekkono. It was refreshing to have an analysis of my game from a different neutral perspective. They were able to organize film in a way that provided so much feedback and but did so without being overwhelming. Everything fit and flowed together very clearly. They did a fantastic job analyzing, organizing, and explaining their work so it was efficient, easy to understand and applicable. They can definitely help any player continue to improve”

Thus, Andi Sullivan joins the list of professional women players with whom we have the pleasure of collaborating, which includes top players such as Irene Paredes (FC Barcelona), Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid), Vero Boquete (AC Fiorentina), Nahikari Garcia (Real Madrid) or Jun Endo (NWSL).

Ekkono reaches an agreement with Pohjanmaa Football Academy with the aim of supporting development of youth women’s football in Finland



Ekkono continues advancing in its involvement in women’s football by collaborating with Pohjanmaa Football Academy, with whom will jointly organize Ekkono Football Camps in the Ostrobothnian area of Finland, addressed to U10-U12 girls.

Pohjanmaan jalkapalloakatemia (PJA) was founded in 2021 to offer possibilities for enthusiastic young girls to develop their skills with other highly motivated players. The academy founders have vast coaching experience with girls aged between 6-15 years old and have seen the obstacles preventing the talented youngsters from fulfilling their potential as football players. PJA exists to give young football enthusiasts great learning possibilities with world class coaching and a challenging environment to improve their football skills.

The 1st Camp, held in Kokkola this last weekend, was a huge success having sold out in a few days. The next planned camps’ dates will be 9th to 11th of December, 14th to 16th of April 2023 and 12th of August to 14th of August 2023.

According to Mika Filander, Pohjanmaa Football Academy’s director, “There were a few options how to continue with the growth of the academy, but the option #1 was quite clear. The key people of the academy had good experience of the Ekkono Method in the past. And then the idea started to take form. Now we have a solid plan in place to do long-term development work with the Ekkono Method. There will be 4 camps during the first year. We plan to do the development work with the girls and also with the coaches from various teams to also inspire them in their regular training sessions.”

On the other hand, Miquel Farrerons, CEO of Soccer Services Barcelona states: “Since the first time we met, we realized that PJA was the best partner to work with in the development of youth women’s football in Finland. Their commitment and huge effort are indisputable. We are sure that this collaboration will be a great success and hopefully extended for many years”.

More information about Pohjanmaa Football Academy: https://www.pjary.fi/ (only in Finnish)

Ekkono Method advances in their involvement in women's football by the holding and great reception of the Ekkono Girl’s Camp in Finland



For several years now, Ekkono has been getting involved and showing its commitment to women's soccer by carrying out different activities in different parts of the world.

This summer, after several years with the participation of a significant number of girl players in our Camps in Eerikkilä (Finland) and carrying on several clinics with women's teams in the country, we decided to hold our first Ekkono Camp exclusively for girls.

The Camp, held in the incredible facilities of our partner Eerikkilä Sport & Outdoor Resort, had a wonderful reception with the participation of dozens of girls from different regions of Finland, who enjoyed the training sessions led by Ekkono, as well as the rest of the educational activities.

As we explained in a previous news articles, since we began collaborating with the Japanese Football Association in 2012 to develop a training methodology program for both male and female high-performance centers throughout the country, we have been developing many projects related to women's football.

Some great examples of our work in women's football are the collaborations with clubs/federations, such as Universidad Católica de Chile or Thailand FA, to educate and support their women’s football structure, or the individual advice programs carried out with some great professional players such as Vero Boquete, Irene Paredes, Rasheedat Ajibade or Nahikari Garcia, among others.

“Ekkono Method has been of great help to me in improving my performance during the Africa Cup of Nations. I am looking forward to continuing the program during the coming season”



During the month of July, we have had the pleasure of advising Rasheedat Ajibade (Rash), a 22-year-old Nigerian forward currently playing for Atletico de Madrid, in order to improve her performance during the Africa Cup of Nations.

Despite her youth, Rash was proclaimed champion of the African Cup in 2018 in addition to winning the Spanish Super Cup with Atletico Madrid in 2021. Currently, Rash is a referent in African women's football, being nominated for best player in Africa.

Since we met together at the beginning of July, we have carried out two main advisory actions with Rash during the month of competition: before the African Cup begins, we presented her a report in which we analyzed her 2 most recent performances with the Nigerian national team, and we helped her to understand the most important fundamentals to be strengthen/improved in the positions in which she most often plays with Nigeria.

Later, once Nigeria was qualified for the knockout stage, we made a new follow-up report analyzing the 3 matches of the group stage and giving her some recommendations to improve her performance on upcoming matches.

Despite being eliminated on penalties in the semi-finals, Rash finished the tournament as top scorer of the tournament and was included in the Africa Cup of Nations best 11.

Thus, Rash joins the list of professional women players with whom we have the pleasure of collaborate, which includes top players such as Irene Paredes (FC Barcelona), Vero Boquete (AC Fiorentina), Nahikari Garcia (Real Madrid) or Jun Endo (NWSL).

Amazing Academy Yamanashi’s players perform the "Co-analysis" activity with the aim of improving their game analysis skills



For the third consecutive season, we are carrying out a "Co-Analysis" activity at the Amazing Academy Methodology Department, in which all the academy players participate. This activity, which is included in the Ekkono Identity Co-Learning pillar, pursues the objective of improving players' understanding and ability to analyze the game.

Co-Learning is one of the four pillars on which the Ekkono Method is based to create or enhance an identity, and it consists of decentralizing teaching processes to accelerate learning processes.

During the "Co-Analysis" activity, players from one category (A) analyze different aspects of the game from players from another category of the academy (B). These aspects are previously defined by the Director of Methodology, taking into account the level of knowledge and the age of the players. After the analysis, players A provide feedback to players A on how many good actions they performed and how also on the number of actions to improve in the analyzed aspect of the game.

Therefore, the process of the “Co-Analysis” activity is as follows:

  1. The Methodology Department decides which academy teams will be analyzed and which teams will carry out the analysis. Ex: The players of the U13 team will analyze the players of the U15 team, those of the U15 will analyze those of the U14,…
  2. It is decided which aspects of the game or content is going to be analyzed for each category, adapted to the age and knowledge of each player. Ex: A specific individual fundamental, a specific phase of the game, …
  3. Players from team A analyze the aspects of the game or content previously defined from the players from team B during a match.
  4. Once the analysis is finished, both players meet for 45 minutes and player A gives feedback to player B on how many good actions and actions to improve they carried out in the analyzed aspect of the game (see video below).

After the activity, several players from the academy stated the following: ”The Co-Analysis activity is of great help to us since, on the one hand, it allows us to improve our ability to analyze the game, and on the other hand , helps us improve as a player by receiving an external opinion on our performance from a teammate”.

Carl Starfelt: “Ekkono Method have helped me to get a better tactical understanding of my position in the field, as well as pinpoint details in my game that I need to improve to become a better player and take the next step in my career”



Carl Starfelt, the 26-year-old Swedish center back and recent champion of the Scottish Premiership, is one of the many professional players to whom Ekkono advises through individual reports to improve their performance.

Our relationship with Carl started when in 2018 when he moved from IF Brommapojkarna to IFK Göteborg. Within our framework of collaboration with IFK Göteborg, Carl was selected as one of the 1st team’s players that would follow the Individual Players Performance Plan (IPPP) carried out by Ekkono.

After one and a half seasons in which he showed a great improvement in his performance, Carl was transferred to Rubin Kazan, where he played for 2 seasons and became indisputable, making his debut with the Swedish National Team.

In July 2021, he signed for Celtic Glasgow for a 5-million-euro transfer fee, thus becoming one of the most expensive signings in the history of the Scottish team, where he recently won the Scottish Premiership.

After over 4 seasons advising Carl and offering a tactical guidance to the player, Carl Starfelt states that:

“The Ekkono Method has helped me to gain a better tactical understanding of my position, as well as to identify details that I need to improve in my game in order to become a better player and take the next step in my career”.

Ekkono starts a selection process to incorporate female coaches into their team



Over the past few years, at the Ekkono Method we have been developing women's football worldwide and actively involved in many initiatives, thus giving it the value it deserves.

Our first steps in professional women's football date back to 2012 when, during our collaboration with the Japanese Federation (JFA), we developed a training methodology program for JFA's high-performance centers for both men and women.

Since then, many of the players with whom we work directly have managed to make the leap to professional football, such as the U20 World Cup champions Hannah Stambaugh, Endo Jun and Miyu Takahira.

Other professional players we have the pleasure of working with are the well-known Irene Paredes and Vero Boquete among others, who have been participating in advisory programs for the last 3 seasons.

Some other clear examples of our relationship with women's football are the continuous technical support and advice offered to the Thai Football Association in the development of women's football at all levels (including the national and senior teams), the methodological coaching education given to the women's team coaches at the Universidad Católica de Chile, or the creation of the "Women's Football Analysis Committee" with the objective of analyzing, together with a group of female players/coaches/professionals, different competitions in order to understand the needs of the game.

For this reason, in order to continue enriching this strategic line, at Ekkono we are starting a worldwide selection process to give the opportunity to female coaches from all over the world to join them and work on the development of future projects.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact us by sending your CV to the following email: hello@soccerservices.net

Have you ever heard about the Ekkono Academies in Japan?



The Ekkono Method and Japan have always had a special connection since we first visit the country more than 15 years ago, when we carried out the first Ekkono Camp in the country. It was a bit later, on April 2014 when after a year collaborating together with JFA (Japanase Football Association) we decided to open our own Ekkono Academy in Japan.

Nowadays, Ekkono counts with two football academies in the two biggest cities of Japan: Tokyo and Osaka. Both academies put into practice the Ekkono Smart Method, in order to help the more than 220 players attending the academies, to learn all about individual fundamentals of football while they have fun.

The academies divide the training sessions into three age groups (U10, U11 and U12), and 6 different contents are taught to each group during the season. However, there is one fundamental which is worked in every training session and in which Ekkono put all the focus: Perception.

Perception is an essential part of the decision-making process and one of the four pillars of the Ekkono Smart Method. Therefore, enhancing players' perception skills will help them to understand better the game, take better decisions and improve on the other fundamentals.

On the other hand, Ekkono Academies offers to all its players the chance to show up their skills in a competition scenario since the two academies take part in different competitions all over the country. Moreover, twice a year, a selection of players for both academies travel to Spain to compete with best clubs of the world in U10 & U12 International Tournaments.

Find more about the academies (in Japanese)

Two players from Albirex Niigata Academy make their first team debut in an official match 3 years later



Last June, Oya Mizuki and Takano Shuya, both from Albirex Niigata’s U18 team, had the pleasure of debuting with Albirex Niigata’s first team during an official match.

The debut was made during the first round of the Emperor's Cup played against Zweigen Kanazawa and ended with a 4-1 result in favor of Albirex Niigata.

This great news gains even more weight taking into account that it has been 3 years since a player from the Albirex Niigata Academy made his debut with the first team. A fact that shows the high level that an U18 player must have to be able to compete in the J-League.

Since we reached an agreement in early 2019 with Albirex Niigata to use the Ekkono Identity method in their academy through the creation of the Methodology Department, we have prepared and presented to Oya Mizuki and Takano Shuya a total of 9 individualized reports that served to improve their performance and enhance their strengths.

From Ekkono we would like to congratulate both players and the club for this great news which reflects the great job that the entity does both in improving its academy and in building club identity.

Finally, we would like to show our special thanks to Uchida Jun (Academy Director), who not only coached both players in the past, but as Academy Director he perfectly takes care of the structure of the Academy and helps the Methodology Department carrying out all established processes, and to Irie Toru (U18 team Head Coach) for the great work he is doing with the players on his squad.

Irene Paredes, the incredible signing of FC Barcelona: "The Ekkono method has helped me interpret the game better and make better decisions"



After making history by winning the first French League for Paris Saint Germain Féminines, the central defender Irene Paredes has recently signed for FC Barcelona, current winners of the 2020/2021 UEFA Women's Champions League.

Irene is, along with other distinguished players such as Veronica Boquete (AC Milan) or Nahikari Garcia (Real Madrid FC), one of the world-class players whom we have the pleasure of advising in order to help them grow and improve as professional players.

Since mid-2019, when we started working with the current captain of the Spanish National Team, we have designed a specific individual advising program for her, that we have been following for the last two seasons.

To do so, we designed a specific Individual Player Performance Program (IPPP) for Irene. We analysed different games she played, in order to identify different aspects to be perfected such as the positioning in the build-up phase, the type of passes which generate greater advantage, and the understanding of when to maintain or break the balance from the defensive line.

During these last two seasons which she has been following the advisory program, the former captain of PSG, has become one of the best central defenders in the world, being included by UEFA among the best 50 footballers of the year.

After receiving the presentation of 5 individual reports in recent months, Irene Paredes states that:

"The Ekkono method has helped me interpret the game better and make better decisions"

Christian Pulisic: "I got an immediate improvement on my performance due to my work with Ekkono”



Christian Pulisic is one of the elite players with whom we have the pleasure of working, in order to help him grow and improve as a professional player.

The 22 years old american winger, signed by Borussia Dortmund when he was just 16 as part of the U19 team. After playing 15 games with the youth team, he was promoted to the first team, where scored 19 goals and give 26 assists in 127 games.

After 4 brilliant seasons during which he was two times nominated for the best under-21 player in the world, at the beginning of 2019, Chelsea F.C. made his signing official. This 20/21 season is his second one in the english team, where he has scored 13 goals and played 50 games.

Pulisic is also one of the most important players of the United States National Team, with which he became the youngest player in team’s history to score a goal.

After presenting him several individual reports in recent years, Christian Pulisic affirms that:

 "I have achieved an immediate improvement in my game thanks to Ekkono"

"The Ekkono method has helped me interpret the game better and make better decisions"



Irene Paredes is another elite player with whom we have the pleasure of working, in order to help her grow and improve as a professional player.

The Basque center-back is currently the captain of Paris Saint-Germain, where she won the French Cup in 2018. Before landing at the French team, Irene had played 5 years (2011-2016) at Athletic de Bilbao, where she won la Liga, and 3 years at Real Sociedad (2008-2011).

In addition, Irene is also the captain of the Spanish National Team, in which she has played more than 60 matches. A proof of her great talent is that in 2017 she was chosen for the ideal team of FIFPRO World XI as one of the world’s best center backs.

From Soccer Services Barcelona, we designed a specific Individual Player Performance Program for Irene. To do so, different games played by the player were analyzed in order to identify different aspects to be perfected, such as the positioning at the start of the game, the types of passes that can generate greater advantage, or the understanding of when to maintain or break the balance from the defensive line.

Once this analysis was done, some reports were presented to the player explaining different concepts and fundamentals that would help her improve her performance.

After receiving the presentation of 3 individual reports in recent months, Irene Paredes states that:

"The Ekkono method has helped me interpret the game better and make better decisions"

Veronica Boquete, in the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2020. Irene Paredes, nominated as best defender



Last week the The Best FIFA Football awards gala was held in Zurich, where the best football players of 2020 were voted and honored.

Among so many awardees, we are proud to see Verónica Boquete, current AC Milan player and with whom we have been collaborating for several years, selected in the in the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2020.

As stated by Vero "The Ekkono method makes you a smart player and therefore it maximizes your performance"

On the other hand, Irene Paredes who is the current Spanish National team and PSG captain, and with whom we have the pleasure of advising, was nominated as one of the best defenders in the world.

According to Irene, "the Ekkono method has helped me interpret the game better and make better decisions"

Congratulations to both of you!!

Jesper Tolinsson, a new success story at IFK Goteborg’s academy players development



IFK Göteborg's 17-year-old midfielder Jesper Tolinsson, has recently signed a 5-season contract with Belgian second division team Lommel SK, which is owned by City Group.

According to Pontus Farnerud, the IFK Goteborg’s Sport director “Jesper has begun the journey in which many players before him have succeeded, first being developed in our club’s academy and, after promoting to the A-team, reaching out to professional life in Europe. We are proud when our own players achieve this level of accomplishment and it is further proof that we have a very good academy.”

Even though Jesper will not move to Lommel until next summer, this transfer "will strengthen the club's coffers in these challenging times" according to club’s director Max Markusson.

Since he was promoted to club's A-team, Jesper Tollinson have been following an Ekkono Individual Player Performance Program in order to help him to improve his performance.

Best of luck Jesper!!

Kai Meriluoto: "I am very grateful to Ekkono Method for helping me improve my understanding of the game and become a professional player"



Young Finnish striker Kai Meriluoto is called to be one of the most promising revelations in Finnish football in the short term.

At 17 years of age, and after scoring 13 goals in 14 games for the Klubi-04 (HJK reserve team), HJK coach Toni Koskela gave him the opportunity to play his first minutes with the current Finnish League leader. In just over 10 minutes Kai managed to score his first goal with HJK, positioning himself as one of the youngest scorers in the club's history.

For a year and a half, Kai Meriluoto has been following an individualized Player Performance Plan by Ekkono in order to maximize his performance:

"I am very grateful to the Ekkono Method for helping me improve my understanding of the game and become a professional player."

Paris Saint-Germain’s academy, one of the best producers of world-class players.



Despite their recent defeat in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich, PSG have been among the elite of world football for several years now. This success can, in part, be credited to the brilliant work they are doing with their youth teams, as Paris Saint-Germain’s academy has become one of the best world-class players producers in recent years.

An example of which is Kingsley Coman, who scored the winning goal in the final and was trained at the PSG’s academy from a young age, before signing for Juventus. Coman aside, there is a large list of players who came out of PSG’s academy and are now succeeding in Europe: Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Dan Axel Zagadou (Borussia Dortmund) , Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig),…

During our 3 years of collaboration with the club, we had the opportunity to work with several of these players. Among them, was the promising young French player, Yacine Adli, who stated "I have made a lot of progress both tactically and technically thanks to the method of David Hernández, with whom I have worked a lot on an individual level."

The American ESPN interviews our CEO, who explains the Ekkono Method and our different projects around the world



A few days ago, our CEO Miquel Farrerons was interviewed on Soccer Matters, a sports program broadcasted on the American channel ESPN and directed by Glenn Davis.

During the course of the interview, Miquel spoke about the Ekkono projects carried out around the world, such as our collaboration with PSG or FA Thailand, as well as recently, at the Catholic University of Chile.

At the same time, he answered questions about our Individual Players Performance Plan followed with top-class players such as the American Christian Pulisic, and had the opportunity to explain what is the Ekkono Identity methodology and its differences with Ekkono Smart.

Listen the full interview.

Smartfielder: Implement training and video-analysis model to develop professional players (video)



Smartfielder is the pillar of the Ekkono Method which focuses on maximizing a player’s access to the professional environment, turning him into smart and expert players.

In order to do so, the following five cognitively oriented methodological elements must be worked on; they will bring us closer to achieving the objective of creating a "smart player".

Therefore, the Ekkono Method continues to focus on the creation of training contexts which, through teaching styles such as guided discovery or problem solving, require the player to be actively involved in his learning process. Recently, the talks with coaches, the sum of experiences working with professional players and the contributions of the latest research in sports sciences, have led us to include video-analysis as a key factor in our approach.

Through the use of technology, young players will be able to learn to evaluate themselves from an early age, which is one of the main characteristics of expert players.

Watch the video here:

Jordi Alba: "Carles Romagosa is one of the coaches from whom I have learned the most" (video)



Carles Romagosa, co-founder together with David Hernández of the Ekkono Method, began his career at Futbol Club Barcelona in 1998. During his time in the catalan entity, he was the director of the FCB Football School from 1998 to 2000. In addition, he was grassroots coach for 4 years and trained young figures that would later become professionals and even world champions like Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Cesc Fàbregas, Bojan Krkic or Víctor Ruiz among others.

Many of these players still have great memories of Carles and this can be clearly seen in the following interview with Jordi Alba, in which he states that "Carles Romagosa personally helped me a lot; as a person he was outstanding and he is one of the coaches from whom I have learned the most".

Watch the original interview here:

China continues its plan in search of an identity in which we had the opportunity to collaborate



The People's Republic of China has been developing national football development plans for more than 15 years. The one conceived in 2014 with the aim of becoming a footballing superpower by 2025 evidences China’s intention.

In the previous national development plan, in 2011 the Chinese Football Association (CFA) planned the creation of a High-Performance Centre in Catalonia where Chinese players would be permanently shaped under Spanish methodology.

After being part of the technical sub-directorate of the Catalan Football Federation 2009-2011, at Soccer Services Barcelona we had the mission to select the best Chinese players in U15 and U17 categories who would later launch the program. To that end, we travelled to China for a season, where we visited all the country's prefectures analysing a multitude of young players from all over the territory. Besides, we held regular meetings with the Chinese National Team coaches of that age group, and with coaches whose teams were qualifying for the prefectures’ final phases.

Finally, a total of 44 players were selected (22 from U15 and 22 from U17) to be part of the only high-performance Chinese centre in Catalonia. At the same time and in parallel, a report was made detailing the strategic development both for the training of coaches, the development and organization of Chinese competitions, as well as for the development of teaching units in the country's schools.

Vero Boquete visited our office to recieve her 3rd Individual Report



Soccer Services Barcelona has been advising high level world players for years with the aim of helping them grow and improve as players.

Since we worked together at PSG, Vero Boquete (world reference in women's football, UEFA Women's Champions League champion and FIFA & La Liga ambassador) has placed her trust in our experience developing the talent of players in order to help her continue improving as a professional player.

Thus, Vero visited the offices of Soccer Services Barcelona to receive her third individual annual report. These reports consist in an analysis of the player's performance in the latest matches stressing the previously defined aspects to be worked on, and then advising her on how to boost her strengths and improve her weaknesses.

After several years of working together, Vero Boquete states:

"The Ekkono method makes you a smart player and therefore it maximizes your performance"

THE EKKONO BOOK



SYNOPSIS

Creating intelligent players is becoming a trend in modern football. However, its important to question, what is behind this expression? What makes an intelligent player? How should a Club or Federation organize themselves to create such profiles of players? What should I train if I want to become an intelligent player?

All of these questions and many more are coming from club owners, parents, coaches, and players from all over the world. But there is no single answer for any of them. Most importantly, what is useful and important in one country, may not have the same significance in another country.

In this book you will find the history of the EKKONO METHOD, a successful football model used by a wide range of clubs and federations world wide who share a common objective: become a reference in developing youth players.


THROUGHOUT THE BOOK YOU WILL
  • Understand the origin of the EKKONO METHOD
  • Learn its main training pillars
  • Highlight the expansion around the world
  • Become familiar with the authors by reading about their backgrounds
  • Know about the world of professional football 

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FA Thailand

Albirex Niigata

JAPAN

Paris Saint Germain

FRANCE

Japan FA

GIF Sundsvall

SWEEDEN

Universidad Católica De Chile

CHILE

FIFA

China FA

PersIja Jakarta

INDONESIA

FC Barcelona

SPAIN

Asian Football Confederation

Eerikkilä

FINLAND

HJK Helsinki

FINLAND

Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.

ISRAEL

San Jose Earthquakes

USA

Shandong Luneng Taishan

CHINA

Pachuca CF

MEXICO

Club Deportivo O'HIGGINS

CHILE

Latino Coaches Group

USA

If Elfsborg

SWEDEN

Santiago Wanderers

CHILE

Catalan FA

IFK Göteborg

SWEDEN

Polish Football Association PZPN

POLAND

TESTIMONIALS

Christian Pulisic

"I got an immediate improvement on my performance due to my work with Ekkono"

Cesc Fabregas

"Ekkono has helped me to gain a better undestanding of football and become a professional player"

IRENE PAREDES

“The Ekkono Method has helped me interpret the game better and make better decisions"

David López

"I have improved my performance as a center back thanks to the Ekkono Method"

Carl Starfelt

“The Ekkono Method has helped me to gain a better tactical understanding of my position, as well as to identify details that I need to improve in my game in order to become a better player and take the next step in my career”

Elijah Dixon-Bonner

"The Ekkono individual program has allowed me to deepen my understanding of myself as a player, understand some details, and learn how to perform better."

Verónica Boquete

"The Ekkono Method makes you a smart player, therefore it maximizes your performance"

Unai Bilbao

"I have been using ekkono’s individual coaching program. They analyse me on video, give me qualitative feedback through private sessions and help me to improve day by day"

Erik Lira

“The Ekkono Individual Performance Program helps me improve my performance and understanding of the game”

Luca de la Torre

“Working with Ekkono helped me understand who I am as a player and how to improve”

ANDI SULLIVAN

“Ekkono did a fantastic job analyzing, organizing, and explaining their work so it was efficient, easy to understand and applicable. They can definitely help any player continue to improve.”

Rasheedat Ajibade

“Ekkono Method has been of great help to me in improving my performance during the Africa Cup of Nations. I am looking forward to continuing the program during the coming season”

Santi Naveda

“The Ekkono method focuses on the small details and this allows me to improve my performance”

Jordi Mboula

"I would recommend Ekkono to reinforce those tactical aspects you do not have time to work with your team"

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