Welcome to
Player Development Project.
Learn to coach with confidence. About Membership
Have you got a coaching mentor yet? PDP Mentors
Looking to partner with PDP? Club Partnerships
Already a PDP Member?
Get Started

session plan

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...

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?”  ...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Lauren: “Do you have any advice on how I work on switching play with my under 12 team?”   Additional video & reading: Session Plan: The Coaching Spectrum Session Plan: Controlling Possession PDP Magazine:...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Rupert: “I’m always in a rush before training due to working in a shared facility.  Do you have any ideas that could help me get organised quicker and engage the players?”   Additional video...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from David: “Can I over do rondos-style drills with my U10s in our weekly session?”   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 Chris: “How do you scaffold sessions so that every player is getting what they need from the session?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Justin: “We are an U13 boys team, with half the team from last season, and half the team is new this season. How do I create an environment to continue the friendships from last...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from John: “I have a couple of players who are particularly challenging to deal with in my U12 group and demonstrate poor behaviour regularly. How do I manage this to help them, and the other...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Ben: “What tips do you have for designing adaptable sessions when you don’t know how many players will be at training?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Gary: “I started coaching my U13 team this year and the main issue I have is getting the team to keep possession and getting the players to be comfortable on the ball. I have...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Steve: “I am coaching U21 football and the lads play at a good level. My biggest challenge is finding a range of sessions that keep the players engaged and interested, can you help with some...

The Blog

The Player Development Project advocates game based coaching and a constraints approach. Football is often over-complicated by coaches and it’s easy to forget how much can be taught within small-sided games where players have to deal with the three key elements of...

The Blog

How do we help players develop resilience and tactical awareness to cope with defending out of balance? PDP Technical Advisor & UEFA A licensed coach, Dan Wright shares some advice. When playing an expansive or possession based approach there can...