Welcome to
Player Development Project.
Already a PDP Member?
Get access to all PDP content. About Membership
Book a one-on-one call with our team. PDP Mentors
Looking to partner with PDP? Club Partnerships

Archives

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Adam, via email. “Should girls play in boys teams?” *Please note: We had some minor technical issues with the connection on Tony’s side, we apologise for the slight delay. Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals:...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Sarah, via Facebook. “How do I get to know my players?”   Additional Resources Magazine: Inside the Liverpool FC Academy, Michael Beale Masterclass:  Understanding Identity, Dr. Suze Brown Blog: The Player, Dave Wright Blog:...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Chaz via Facebook. Chaz asks, “Is there value in tournaments for my U13 players if they only get limited minutes?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Elliott via Facebook; “How can I help my players with emotional control?” In this discussion, Dan Wright & Dave Wright ask for advice from Positive Psychology researcher, Lara Mossman as she helps with some...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Paul via email; “What are the benefits of my players being exposed to mixed experiences against players at a better level or older ages?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Appleton AFC via Twitter; “What are your thoughts on equal playing time for players between U7 – U17?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Ryan, via Twitter; “What advice for you have for half-time team talks with foundation phase aged players?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Gordon, via email; “I’ve just started coaching teenagers for the first time, do you have any advice?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Dave, via Twitter: “Is hunger or desire coachable? I have some Under 13 players who are lacking in desire but they have a good technical base.”   Additional Resources Research Review – Controlling Motivational...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Sarah, via email: “Should you specialise, or coach across all age groups?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In order to build a...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Pete, via the PDP Facebook Page: “I see a lot of passing patterns online. What do you think of them?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Neil, via the PDP Innovation Space: “I start coaching a University team this month. I have not been involved with them before and clearly there will be new students involved for the first time...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Spence, via the PDP Facebook Page: “My focus as a coach is developing my players over winning.  However, winning games is very important to my girls team and sometimes they get frustrated by my...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Carlos, via the PDP Facebook Page: “What’s the best way to work with an Assistant Coach?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from David, via the PDP Facebook Page: “How can I help develop a physically mature young player?“   Additional video & reading Masterclass Discussion: Sports Science & Youth Development – Matt Depledge Masterclass Discussion: Talent ID &...

Q&A Videos

This question comes from Spence via Twitter: “Am I wrong for benching my best player?”   Additional Content The Shadow of Team Culture, John Alder Leadership & Culture in Coaching, John Alder Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will...

Q&A Videos

This question comes from Craig via Twitter: “What role do statistics play in youth development?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In order to build a broad range of...

Q&A Videos

This question comes from Tom, via the PDP Facebook Page: “Does repetition aid development?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In order to build a broad range of answers...