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Skill Acquisition

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

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Webinar replay, PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright is joined by PDP Coaching Advisor, James Coutts for an interactive and engaging webinar on the challenging topic of How to Coach Teenagers. Dan and James present a series of...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Stuart via Twitter: “I coach U12 footballs and I have a player that wants to play rugby as well as football, how should I manage this situation?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps...

The Blog

In this article, UEFA A licensed coach David Garcia shares his thoughts on the benefits of chaos and failure within coaching environments. “You’ve got to live at the edge of your capabilities. You’ve got to live where you’re almost certain...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from the PDP Member’s Slack Channel. “How do I avoid over coaching?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Jean-Pierre through the PDP Slack Community. He asks: “What is the best way to run a session with a lot of players?” Additional Resources Session Plans: A collection of practical content including adaptable video...

Research Reviews

Manual Santos and Kevin Morgan The Big Idea In 1974 Studs Terkel, the American broadcaster, actor, and oral historian, published the best-selling non-fiction book, Working. In it he interviewed a cross-section of Americans about their working lives, “about a search...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Frank via our Facebook Page, He asks: “How can I do position specific work with my players?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

Research Reviews

Matthias Kempe & Daniel Memmert The Big Idea How about we introduce the big idea of this research study with a non-linear and entirely random historical observation?  How about we throw in an outrageous claim that the idea of this...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from a Richard via the PDP Member’s Slack Channel. Richard asks: “Should you have a season long plan?   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

Q&A Videos

In this Q&A Video Dave Wright & Dan Wright discuss considerations for coaches when preparing and organising match day for young players. The question this week comes from Simon via Twitter: “What is your advice on how to organise match...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Percy. Percy asks, “At what age do we coach defending?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, Dr. Craig Harrison is hosted by PDP Editor, Dave Wright for a wide ranging conversation on youth development, skill acquisition and the importance of play in the learning process for children. Craig and Dave cover a...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass, we share a replay of our live and interactive webinar with UEFA A licensed academy coaches Dave Wright and Dan Wright. Dan and Dave discuss practice design in the final third, considerations when planning your session and...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, FA National Women’s Coach Developer, Amy Price shares her unique approach to player development with Dave Wright & Dan Wright in a highly engaging conversation. Amy shares research on how coaches can use the principles of...