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The Magazine

How do you communicate with your players? In this article PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright shares some fascinating reflections and advice for coaches on how to effectively question and communicate with players to make sure they genuinely think about solutions...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Elliott, via Twitter: “How do coaches structure sessions? I know it depends on the topic, but I’d love to hear more from a typical session?”  Additional resources: Members Webinar: Fundamentals of Session Design...

The Blog

Coach and researcher, Ben Galloway shares a video about the importance of opposition in session design and of interactions between players in skill acquisition. In his video below, ‘Attuning to Others’, Ben outlines how football interactions emerge as a result...

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...

The Blog

How do you decide what coaching practices to deliver? And what process do you follow when designing the practice? FA Senior Youth Coach Educator and regular PDP contributor, Ben Bartlett shares an article from Hive Learning which provides steps 1 and 2...

The Blog

In this video and article, PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan shares a 3 v 3 + 1 practice from a session with AIK players in Sweden. The video and session plan outlines how manipulating simple task constraints can allow players...

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...

The Blog

This blog contains two videos of a modified 3v3. In this session, PDP Lead Researcher & AIK Academy Coach, James Vaughan changes task constraints and encourages player reflection to create opportunities for learning with space for creative expression.   A couple of weeks...

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...

Masterclass Discussions

In the second instalment of our new monthly, members only webinar we discuss the fundamentals of session design.PDP Co-founders Dave Wright and James Vaughan joined PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright for a discussion on a range of topics which can enhance your approach to session design.We walked through a presentation covering topics around representative design, t...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Alan, and was submitted in the lead up to a PDP Members Webinar. “In your experience what are the differences (pro/cons) of the whole part whole methodology. USA coach education is moving away from...

Masterclass Discussions

In this webinar discussion, PDP Technical Advisor Dan Wright joins PDP Editor, Dave Wright to discuss what constraints are and provide practical examples of session plans you can implement with your players.These two UEFA A licensed coaches go in depth to discuss the environment, the task and the person and cover a range of practical football topics and solutions for coaches to use ...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Tony, via Facebook: “It’s often said, that player development isn’t about winning. So what is it about?”   Additional video & reading Masterclass Discussion: Building Mental Strength – John Haime PDP Magazine: The Value...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Ash, via Twitter: “What is your planning process?“   Additional video & reading Session Plan Library PDP Magazine: Developing the Future – Dave Wright PDP Magazine: Dan Micciche: Brave New England – Dave Wright...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Dan Wright, who was asked: “What is coaching?”   Additional video & reading Blog: Get Over Yourself – Dave Wright Blog: Creating Decision Makers – Mark O’Sullivan Blog: Simplicity vs. Complexity: A Guide to...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Terry: “I’m coaching on my own with U9s and my group has expanded to as many as 18-20 players. What sessions would you recommend so I make sure they all continue to improve their...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Chris: “Within my team I have got a lot of players who tend to just dribble the ball all the time.  How can I encourage or help them to pass the ball more?”  ...