Coaching Courses

Rethink & Redesign Talent Development


Passionate Coaches 

commit to lifelong learning

TOVO Academy is dedicated to changing the way we develop footballers. To that end, we continue to work with dedicated and innovative coaches eager to rethink the way we train youth footballers. Our coaching courses are designed for passionate soccer coaches willing to invest in their own professional development. 


Practical Courses

Put theory into action

Our coaching courses will address all components of our TOVO Methodology. Coaches will engage in classroom and on field sessions as active participants. We pride ourselves on offering dynamic and practical programs. Of course, training on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea manages to add a bit of fun and flavor to every course we offer.

The TOVO Coaching Course is the highlight of my formal coaching education. This was a great experience from start to finish, complete with interesting and challenging course content, thought-provoking and engaging theory discussions, and lots of collaboration, lateral learning and camaraderie among the attendees and staff.
— Christopher H. (USA)

TOVO Training 

develop intelligent footballers

TOVO is based on Total Football, played and taught by Johan Cruyff throughout his brilliant career. A style where eleven players contribute systematically to both offense and defense, players utilizing divergent and convergent thinking to create and execute solutions. This can only take place when the brain recognizes patterns and possibilities at game-pace. TOVO Training methodology promotes a logical progression of exercises that directly construct the conditions under which you will need to perform. This learner-based program uses pattern recognition and geometric forms to simplify the complexity of the game and teach players the secrets to greater vision, precision and pace.

Each exercise within our training portfolio is designed to help players find solutions to the challenges presented by opponents.  


Our Learning Model


Our courses are dynamic, innovative and practical programs. Every aspect of the program is designed to promote the participant as the protagonist of the learning journey.

Balancing theory and practice, we engage coaches in programs that will challenge assumptions and inspire innovation. We use an action-learning model to ensure that each coach is proactively able to deliver an effective and purposeful program to his or her own players. We consider all coaches as capable colleagues who contribute to a positive and productive conversation about youth development.


T1 Course Description

T1: Introduction to TOVO Training Methodology, The Architecture of Intelligent Fútbol Training

TOVO Training provides coaches a new architecture for developing talent. This course presents an innovative approach to maximizing our players’ intelligence and provides participants with useful strategies to develop footballers of great cognition, competence and character. 

On-line Education
The on-line portion of the program is the first step toward understanding the basic elements of our TOVO Training Method:

T1-01     Legacy of a Legend
T1-02     The Argument for Innovation
T1-03     5/1 Framework for Talent Development
T1-04     Geo-Cognitive Paradigm
T1-05     TOVO Footballer 3C Model
T1-06     TOVO Module Review

On-Site Workshops
We engage coaches in an interactive workshop to prepare them for the transition from theory to practice.

T1-07     Cognitive Development
T1-08     TOVO Training Formula
T1-09     TOVO Training Wheel
T1-10     Geometric Patterns, Principles & Systems                            

On-Field Training
Putting theory into practice requires coaches to get on the field. Instruction on the field will demand that coaches participate fully in the training exercises and instruction.

T1-11     Rondos
T1-12     Movement
T1-13     Position Play
T1-14     Training Games
T1-15     I Skills
T1-16     System of Play
T1-17     Principles of Play

This course was by far the best coaching course I had ever done. The content and the training facilities and the location are second to none.
— Gary M. (Republic of Ireland)

T2 Course Description

T2: TOVO Coaching, The Art and Science of Performance Training

Our TOVO T2 Course guides coaches to activate talent and implement a coherent training program. Participants will explore the scientific research behind learning process in order to deliver a pedagogically sound TOVO Training session and develop a comprehensive training program.

On-line Education
The on-line portion of the program is the first step toward understanding the basic elements of our TOVO Training Method:

T2-01     Review of the TOVO T1 Fundamentals
T2-02     Systems of Play
T2-03     Personal Leadership
T2-04    The Science of Learning
T2-05    TOVO Movement & Performance Program

On-Site Workshops
We engage coaches in an interactive workshop to prepare them for the transition from theory to practice.

T2-06     TOVO Coaching Standards
T2-07     The Development Gap
T2-08     Movement & Performance
T2-09     Constructing a 3C Training Session

On-Field Training
Putting theory into practice requires coaches to get on the field. Instruction on the field will demand that coaches participate fully in the training exercises and instruction.

T2-10    Cognitive Progressions
T2-11     Movement & Performance
T2-12     Applied Position Play
T2-13     Training Game Variations
T2-15     Developing a System of Play


Enjoy the Benefits

your coaching journey

We ensure that each participant returns home with practical tools to become a better coach:

  • Learning in a manner that is active and engaging.
  • Interaction with expert faculty and professional practitioners.
  • Collaborating with fellow coaches from diverse club settings.
  • Building one' capacity to deliver an effective training session.
  • Immersing in the culture of the remarkable Catalan region.

Experienced Professionals

Our Dedicated Staff

TOVO’s lead professor is Todd Beane who worked with his father in law Johan Cruijff for 14 years in building the Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies and Co-founding Cruyff Football. He is a former professional footballer, a former US Soccer “A” Licensed club, high school, collegiate and professional coach, and professor of leadership and management. Beane has been honored to deliver training and workshops for such organizations as FC Barcelona, AJAX Amsterdam, Austrian Football Federation, KNVB Dutch Federation, Mamelodi Sundowns, Chivas Guadalajara, and Los Angeles FC.

TOVO coaches who lead components of the program are all professional coaches working at top Spanish and Dutch clubs and have vast experience working well beyond Europe’s borders. Our training specialists are youth experts in technical, tactical and physical training. Michiel ten Haken is a Biomechanics and Movement Specialist at ADO Den Haag in Holland with experience training at AJAX Amsterdam and Chivas Mexico. Other specialists may join us to share their experience in leading youth. Our global network is vast.

What can I say other than superb. Not only unbelievably knowledgeable but also great people and very approachable. Everything you as a coach are aspiring to be. If only I had a virtual one of each of them that I could take with me when I coach!
— Andy G. (Scotland)

Learn more about TOVO leadership and staff on our about page.




As a participant of the TOVO Coaching Course, you will join an ever-growing network of international coaches dedicated to talent development. By joining the TOVO Academy family you will be connected with like-minded professionals leading clubs and football organizations around the world. As that network grows, so will the opportunities to connect and communicate with colleagues at all levels of the game.

More than a course, this was a soccer retreat. Experiencing this course in the company of other seekers/growth mindset individuals, in the unbelievable environment of Barcelona, Spain, led us to some very deep, very real personal connections.
— Marianna S. (USA)

Post Course Expectations
Our hope is that each coach who earns the TOVO Academy Certificate will become a role model for our global coaching community and for the children in their charge. 


Get Started 

Your First Step

Let’s start a conversation to hear more about your coaching story. We will follow up to see how we can help you. 

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Upcoming Courses
TOVO Course T1: Introduction to TOVO Training Methodology

*September 2017 (on-line modules)
October 17th - 21st 2017 (on-site in Barcelona)
Coaches & Technical Directors

*November 2017 (on-line modules)
December 4th - 8th 2017 (on-site in Barcelona)
Coaches & Technical Directors

TOVO Course T2:  TOVO Coaching

*September 2017 (on-line modules)
October 23rd - 27th 2017 (on-site in Barcelona)
Coaches & Technical Directors

Sitges, Barcelona, Spain


In order to optimize learning and provide a multi-dimensional experience to all coaches, we divide the program into three delivery formats - on line, in class, on field.

Coaches who successfully complete all modules of the Coaching Course will be awarded an official TOVO Academy Certificate. This certificate also serves as a qualification for participants who wish to continue on working within the TOVO Academy global network or to host our TOVO Club Alliance Program at their home club and is certified by the Catalan Futbol Federation. 

Classroom Instruction
On-Field Training
TOVO Coaching Journal
TOVO Coaching Course Certificate
TOVO Training Top
TOVO Training Shorts
Training Socks
TOVO Polo shirt
TOVO Sweatshirt

Our TOVO hospitality team can offer you full room and board options at one of our TOVO Residences. Contact us for more information on accommodations in Sitges during your stay at contact@tovoacademy.com

Our programs are designed for coaches and technical directors. Participants will expect to have a reasonable understanding of the English language (unless program indicates otherwise). Typically a coach will have several years of experience and have basic licenses offered by their national federations. Most importantly all applicants must have a passion for educating young people and the best interest of their players at heart. Skills and knowledge can be acquired but an open growth mindset must accompany each applicant.

This program compliments your regional or national licensing
This program serves as a compliment to other coaching courses you have attended or other licenses you have acquired. We will explore our innovative training methodology and share with you our unique vision of talent development. Our course requires an open mind as we challenge assumptions about how best to train young footballers effectively. 

Applications now being accepted.

The Coaching Course can be paid online:

English Language Requirement
All on-field and off-field instruction is in English, and you must be able to understand instructions.

If you have questions about the TOVO Coaching Course, you can contact us at: