Principles of Player Development

In this excellent interview, PDP Editor, Dave Wright speaks with Head Coach of Team Wellington, Jose Manuel Figueira.

Jose discusses his player development philosophy based around some four key learning pillars and also talks about the transition from overseeing one of New Zealand’s top academies to now being placed in charge of Team Wellington, a team that won the domestic title in 2016. Don’t miss this informative discussion around the football landscape in New Zealand and some excellent advice on player development.

Jose Manuel Figueira is the Head Coach of Team Wellington and was formerly Head of the Auckland City FC Youth Academy – a club that has won the Oceania Champions League four times. A coach with vast experience having previously worked for New York Red Bulls and with New Zealand age group teams in both the men’s and women’s game, Jose is currently in his first season in charge of Team Wellington in the New Zealand National League.

Jose Manuel Figueira

Dave Wright


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