foundation phase

Masterclass Discussions
Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor, Dave Wright is joined by Mark Lyons – Pre Academy Co-ordinator and Lead Coach at Leicester City Football Club. In this wide ranging conversation, Mark and Dave dive into the topic of coaching foundation...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from an anonymous grassroots coach: He asks, “Should I recruit stronger players?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Talent ID & Youth...

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...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor Dave Wright hosts Birmingham City Assistant Academy Manager, Stuart English. Stuart has vast experience in player development having worked at Luton Town FC, Brentford FC and Birmingham City. In his role at BCFC, Stuart...

Masterclass Discussions

Jonas Bliksted is the Lead Foundation Phase Coach at FC Midtjyalland in Denmark, a club known for it’s innovation. In this conversation Jonas joins PDP host, Dave Wright for a candid discussion which outlines the FCM player development philosophy, some of the challenges the club faces through being geographically isolated and Jonas shares many of the innovative ways the club tries to ensure you...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Vincent, via Twitter: “How do I teach self organisation skills in the foundational ages?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In order to...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from David: “I am currently coaching a group of U8’s and they have just moved from 5-aside to 7-aside. How can I get them to spread out and try to maintain possession?“   Your Turn:...

Session Plans
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Nick Levett, former Talent ID Manager at The FA discusses the void in football that leaves foundation phase (age 5-11) coaches as the under-appreciated heroes in the world of player development, challenging why the top coaches are always seen to...

Session Plans