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Issue #19: Win At All Costs

The 2018 World Cup was one of drama, goals, incredible attack, huge upsets, diving and new trends emerging on the...

The 2018 World Cup was one of drama, goals, incredible attack, huge upsets, diving and new trends emerging on the world stage. Many of these trends will undoubtedly influence youth development and alter coaches' view of the game.

In Issue 19 of Player Development Project Magazine, we examine the impact of the tournament and some of the key stories at play. Why did Argentina fail so badly? What influence did team culture play on outcomes? Did Griezman dive to earn a free kick in the final? Did Neymar ruin his reputation with his rolling antics? What tactical trends emerged and how did VAR change the game? More so, many teams pushed values aside to go for the win at all costs, whilst Japan impressed the world with their ‘sweep the sheds’ mentality and positive approach on the pitch.

This edition of Player Development Project Magazine examines many of these stories and features a brilliant article from guest contributor, Dr. John Alder on values and culture. This is supported by the PDP team of James Vaughan, Dan Wright, Jon Hoggard and Dave Wright along with special guest analyst, Zaheer Shah’s examination and review of some of the key narratives from the tournament and their impact on youth development.

Issue #18: Understanding the Individual

In issue #18 of Player Development Project Magazine we examine an individual approach to developing players. Former New Zealand Football...

In issue #18 of Player Development Project Magazine we examine an individual approach to developing players. Former New Zealand Football Technical Director Rob Sherman & Positive Psychology expert, Lara Mossman share their expertise on the value of a player centred approach and the importance of character strengths. Dave Wright, Dan Wright, Jon Hoggard and James Vaughan from the PDP team all share their coaching expertise examining how we can redefine success, question if we are indeed ensuring our player’s have success and whether we are competing or collaborating. Finally, PDP Assistant Editor covers some of the top stories around the world of football. Don’t miss another fantastic edition of the world’s number one youth development publication.

Issue #17: El Clasico

Issue 17 of Player Development Project Magazine is Out Now! We go inside Camp Nou for El Clasico, the biggest...

Issue 17 of Player Development Project Magazine is Out Now!

We go inside Camp Nou for El Clasico, the biggest club game on earth. PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan shares his experience at the match after his 12 month stay in Barcelona and examines the history, rivalry and culture behind this epic clash.

We then head back to England, visiting Colchester United and speaking with their Academy Manager, Jon de Souza about his journey and the club’s strong program. We feature an in depth examination on team culture and values by Dr. John Alder of the English Institute of Sport & catch up with Josh Cullen, rising star at West Ham. Josh tells us about his experiences growing up in the academy, playing international football and going out on loan as a young pro.

Don’t miss these articles plus more in another in depth edition of Player Development Project Magazine!

Issue #16: Interview with an All Black

In this exciting edition, we cross codes and interview World Cup Winning All Black, Dane Coles. Dane shares insights into...

In this exciting edition, we cross codes and interview World Cup Winning All Black, Dane Coles. Dane shares insights into his personal journey, the types of coaches he responded to as a young player, the influence of mentors in the All Blacks environment and much more. We head over to the West Ham Academy as Dave Wright catches up with highly regarded U23 player, Dan Kemp. Dan talks about his development at Chelsea & the progress he has made since his switch to West Ham under the guidance of Terry Westley.

We also feature new research from James Vaughan as he exposes the PDP development model, Jon Hoggard examines the fall of Ranieri & we look at some of the environmental, cultural & developmental challenges in African Football thanks to an insightful piece from Uganda-based Founder & Director of Football For Good, Adrian Bradbury. Finally, we feature a follow up to Dr. Laurie Rauch’s excellent blog the Art of Movement. Laurie examines a number of excellent case studies in a variety of sports and goes into great depth on the science behind human movement. Don’t miss this fantastic edition of Player Development Project Magazine. Out now.

Issue #15: Keizer

Issue 15 of Player Development Project Magazine is out now! In this edition of PDP Magazine, we meet with Dutch...

Issue 15 of Player Development Project Magazine is out now!

In this edition of PDP Magazine, we meet with Dutch legend, Piet Keizer - a man at the heart of the Total Football revolution. Keizer is often referred to as a ‘genius winger’, playing alongside Johan Cruyff through an era that changed the game forever.

We head to Melbourne City FC to speak with John Van’t Schip, a man who grew up in the world of Ajax as a player and coach. We then go back to England to speak to FA National Goalkeeping Coach, Tim Dittmer. Tim talks to us about his work with the England U21s providing fantastic advice to coaches as to how to better develop young goalkeepers and discusses his journey into his current role.

These stories plus much more. Issue 15 - Out Now.

Issue #14: The Academy Edition

In this issue, we go behind the scenes of some of the top academies in Europe, including Birmingham City, Ajax,...

In this issue, we go behind the scenes of some of the top academies in Europe, including Birmingham City, Ajax, Deportivo La Coruña & Feyenoord. We feature three in depth interviews.

Dave Wright speaks to Birmingham City FC Academy Director, Kristjaan Speakman discussing the rise of Demarai Gray, Jack Butland and the value of trust in organisational culture. We then head to Spain where Head of Coaching at Deportivo, Jose Barcala Garcia speaks to us about Spanish Methodology.

Top contributor, Steve Lawrence gives us an in depth view of the new educational facilities at Ajax, a building for the future. James Vaughan attends the International Congress for Applied Psychology in Bilbao and listens to ideas from some of the best in the business, and finally, we get insight into some of the modern practices around brain behaviour being implemented at Feyenoord. Don’t miss this special academy edition of Player Development Project Magazine.

Issue #13: The Euro 2016 Edition

Player Development Project Magazine Issue #13 reflects on the recently held Euro 2016 tournament. Dan Wright examines the rise of...

Player Development Project Magazine Issue #13 reflects on the recently held Euro 2016 tournament.

Dan Wright examines the rise of Renato Sanches, still only 18 years old, and how he came to be a key player in Portugal’s successful campaign. Jon Hoggard investigates Iceland’s apparently small mindset and Dave Wright defends English football, whilst Consultant to Ajax, Steve Lawrence discusses the impact of average age at the tournament with some fascinating trends. FA Talent ID Manager Nick Levett & PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan analyse the impact of culture on the tournament plus much more.

Issue #13 of Player Development Project Magazine. Out now.

Issue #12: Spanish Style

In this edition we examine Spanish football in depth. We feature Barcelona legend, student of Cruyff & now Real Sociedad...

In this edition we examine Spanish football in depth. We feature Barcelona legend, student of Cruyff & now Real Sociedad Manager, Eusebio, examining his personal player development journey and coaching philosophy.

James Vaughan talks to Josep Gombau, a man who has coached all around the world, including a spell in the A-League as Head Coach at Adelaide United but began his journey in Catalonia. We also get an insight from Head of Methodology at FC Barcelona, Joan Vila Bosch into how the club walks the talk and is uniting science with football.

Finally, we head back to England and feature part two of England U16 Manager Dan Micciche’s in depth interview on creativity and best practice and Jon Hoggard heads to Fletcher Moss Rangers to discuss the journey of Marcus Rashford. This is by far one of our most in depth issues yet. Get your copy now.

Issue #11: Developing the Future

In this issue we meet with England U16 Coach, Dan Micciche. In part one of a two piece feature, Dan...

In this issue we meet with England U16 Coach, Dan Micciche. In part one of a two piece feature, Dan takes us inside his journey through the academies, discusses his philosophy, we talk creativity and he gives us great detail around the success of England international, Dele Alli…A must read for all coaches! 

We head to Norway to talk about their player development pathways with Hakon Grottland and get some insight into the story of Real Madrid’s Martin Oedegaard. 

We also interview FC Dallas homegrown talent & US U20 International Kellyn Acosta, examine the impact of street football on young players development and investigate bio-banding with Steve Lawrence.

These stories plus much more in Issue #11 of Player Development Project Magazine.

Issue #10: The Price of Success

In this issue we analyse the dramatic fall of Jose Mourinho, the most successful Manager in the modern game. How...

In this issue we analyse the dramatic fall of Jose Mourinho, the most successful Manager in the modern game. How did the dynamic at Chelsea FC, as well Mourinho's ruthless approach to winning, effect his position? Dave Wright and James Vaughan look deeper at the motivational climate, as well as his ruthless strategy for winning, which may have led to his recent sacking as Chelsea Manager.

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 coaching.

Steve Lawrence, consultant to Ajax and Cruyff Football explains Relative Age Effect and the profound impact it can have on the game. Lawrence uses real stats and case studies to clearly illustrate the powerful impact of this phenomenon - how is it impacting your players right now?

James Vaughan, Lead Researcher here at Player Development Project, attempts to break down the idea of 'talent' being a false reality - something which can often dangerously constrain people's ability to develop skill and creativity. How does the idea of 'natural talent' being a key ingredient in the success of any athlete, impact the mindset of young players?

Dave Wright speaks with Emerson Hyndman, the 19 year old American making big strides in the English game for Fulham FC. Hyndman discusses his growth as a player, and the key developmental experiences he had growing up in Dallas.

Plus much more from the world of player development.

Issue #9: Catch Me If You Can

This month we’re thrilled to have an exclusive interview with former striker for Liverpool FC, Galatasaray and Leeds United -...

This month we’re thrilled to have an exclusive interview with former striker for Liverpool FC, Galatasaray and Leeds United - Harry Kewell. We explore the development of the player voted Australia’s Best Ever Footballer. How did Harry develop such an extraordinary talent growing up in Western Sydney? Kewell also describes the highs and lows of a Champions League winning career at the top of world football.

James Vaughan looks at the history of Brazil and how certain factors have led to a culture of rebellion and an unspoken understanding of social justice. The colonisation of Brazil, combined with various oppressive forces has led to a set of values that define the modern Brazilian hero. Vaughan shows us how these sometimes anarchistic and rebellious tendencies have been the catalyst for developing ‘the beautiful game’ that we know and love.

Nick Levett, Talent Identification Manager for The FA, discusses the many different pathways and journeys players can experience on their way through their developing football years. Levett outlines the key areas that we must be aware of in order to give players the chance they need to reach their potential. An excellent insight into the complexity of talent identification, from a man well qualified to discuss it.

This month, Dave Wright has discussed all things academy football with West Bromwich Albion’s U21 Head Coach, Jimmy Shan. Shan describes his own coaching journey, WBA best practices, and his ambitions for the future.

Plus much more from the world of Player Development.

Issue #8: The USA Issue

We put the focus on soccer in the USA. Following on from the spectacular performance of the U.S. Women's National...

We put the focus on soccer in the USA.

Following on from the spectacular performance of the U.S. Women's National Team, Lara Mossman examines key motivational differences between the women's game and the men's. How do relatively low salaries and lack of celebrity status change the way players see the game? Are male players playing for the right reasons?

We're thrilled to have an exclusive interview with Portland Timbers Head Coach, Caleb Porter. Porter gives us an in-depth look at his journey into coaching, including his time in Europe learning from some of the world's best. We also caught up with Chris Rolfe - a player who has enjoyed a hugely successful career in MLS. As well as representing the USA at the highest level, Rolfe has also spent some time playing in the Danish Superliga. We explore the key factors throughout his development that have led to his success.

James Vaughan, C14 PDP's Head of Research provides a thought-provoking critique of the motivational cultures surrounding football's governing body. Is it time football had a rebellion?

Plus, much more from the world of player development.