Skill Acquisition

How our players acquire skills through formal practice and informal play.

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Tom through the PDP Slack Community: Tom asks, “How do you support players with self reflection?”

The Magazine

Ben Bartlett, Senior Youth Coach Educator at the Football Association, gives some fascinating real-life examples to explain the importance of aligning a team’s ideal model of performance with the capabilities and behaviours of its players and the practice of its...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Callum via our Facebook Page Callum asks: “How do I balance developing athletic and technical players?” Image Credits: Dušan Smetana on Unsplash  

Masterclass Discussions

Warren Grieve is an AFC Pro License holder and Technical Director at Football NSW in Australia. In this interview, PDP Editor, Dave Wright sits down with Warren to talk coach education, learning environments and more. This conversation covers a range...

The Blog

In this article, PDP Coaching Advisor, James Coutts shares some of his favourite passing and possession practices which can be adapted for players across all age groups. Like many coaches I love using rondos or small-sided positional games consistently in...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Webinar replay, the PDP team host FA National Goalkeeping coach, Yilmaz Aksoy for a fascinating discussion on how to develop goalkeepers. Most kids dream of scoring the perfect goal. I’ve always dreamed of stopping it. – Iker...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Frank via our Facebook Page: “How can I plan a technical or tactical theme for my players?”

Masterclass Discussions

This Masterclass Webinar replay is a fantastic opportunity for you to explore the research behind scanning and awareness in football with Dave Eldridge, UEFA A licensed coach & lecturer at Chichester University in England. “I spend the entire 90 minutes...

Masterclass Discussions
Masterclass Discussions

In this Player Development Project webinar replay, we continue our series of discussions around position specific work and how you can create sessions to support their development across a variety of roles. This time, we focus on how coaches can...

The Blog

Coaches around the world are having to innovate with their session design as football training kicks off in some nations after the global pandemic. In this article, PDP Coaching Advisor, James Coutts shares some practical ideas for sessions that allow...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Webinar replay, the PDP team host Skill Acquisition and Coach Development expert, Ric Shuttleworth for a wide ranging discussion. Ric has worked at both the Australian Institute of Sport and with England Rugby as well as other...

Masterclass Discussions

In this PDP webinar replay, we facilitate a discussion on how we can better develop midfielder players. Hosted by PDP Co-Founder, Dave Wright, this conversation includes PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright & PDP Coaching Advisor, James Coutts. Our panel of...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Percy via Facebook: “Would you ever use isolated technique training?” Image Source: Carlos Machado on Unsplash