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Skill Acquisition

How our players acquire skills through formal practice and informal play.

The Blog

Awareness, decision-making, perception and execution are all part of improving skill acquisition. PDP contributor & Founder of TOVO Institute, Todd Beane shares an article on coaching methodology to enhance players cognitive fitness. Are your players cognitively fit? If you are...

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

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...

Research Reviews

Mark Williams and Nicola J. Hodges The Big Idea These authors celebrate growth of sport science over the years.  But their concern is that especially in the sport of soccer “sport science” is construed to mean the physiology of it...

The Blog

PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright examines one of the greatest midfield players to ever play the game, outlining why a long term view to player development is essential to ensuring every player has a chance to fulfil their potential and...

Masterclass Discussions

In this fascinating and in depth conversation, PDP Editor, Dave Wright hosts International Hockey Coach & Coach Developer at Oxford Brookes University, Danny Newcombe. Danny and Dave discuss a wide range of topics around skill acquisition, constraints based coaching, creating a learning environment, the coaching spectrum and more. This is a must watch interview with a true innovator ...

The Blog

Technique in sport is a topic that often polarises opinion. How do we find the balance of developing players who are technically proficient with game intelligence? Founder of TOVO Academy, Todd Beane shares what he believes to be the most...

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...

Session Plans
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...

The Blog

High performance sport is dominated by a common narrative around winning, elitism and competition. Co-founder of myfastestmile & top coach developer, Mark Upton shares an excellent article on how this narrative reflects culture, and what the alternatives are.   “As...