The Foundation Stage (TFS) Emphasis on the development of each player’s technical ability enabling the player to feel comfortable and confident when in possession by means of: “Ball Mastery”; gaining an understanding of “How – What & Why” leading to:

“When & Where”

  • Establishing an efficient & effective first touch (both feet & all surfaces)
  • Core Techniques (“Moves”) with encouragement for players to add to this base
    (Scissors – Maradona, Zidane – Flipper, Ronaldo – Chop, Giggsy – Rivaldo – Squeeze – Drag & Push – Combination of foot surface touches)
  • Core Turns (outside & inside hook – Drag Back – Step-Over – Reverse Step-Over – Cruyff Turn)
  • Running with ball under control
  • Passing effectively (using laces – inside & outside of foot)
  • Shooting & Finishing (creativity)
  • Team play (introduction to younger players and improve understanding for players closer to YDS)

Youth Development Stage (YDS)

In-depth continuation of the above providing continuity and building on each player’s passage through the Foundation Stage

  • Developing a deeper understanding of each player’s role & worth in a team environment
  • Continuation of improving individual techniques
  • Developing a deeper understanding of how various tactics may benefit or disadvantage
  • Explore and improve set plays both defending & attacking
  • Explore & improve understanding of “Patterns of Play” Attacking in balance & when out of balance / Defending in balance & when out of balance
  • Improve understanding of roles within a team framework Improve and achieve clinical finishing

Senior Development Stage (SDS)

Building on the foundations laid through TFS & YDS

  • Improving the probability of winning (a winning mentality- learning how to win)
  • Clarity of each player’s understanding of their role, responsibility & worth in a team environment
  • Continuation of improving / fine turning individual techniques
  • Continued development of understanding; how various tactics may benefit or disadvantage. (how to overcome for success)
  • Improve set plays both defending & attacking
  • Maturing understanding of “Patterns of Play” attacking in balance & when out of balance / defending in balance & when out of balance
  • Improve and achieve clinical finishing

The FA 4 Corner Model

FA Four Corners Model

The FA’s approach to Long Term Player Development which considers the interface between technical/tactical, psychological, physical and social elements of a player’s environment supporting the Premier League EPPP Principals.

The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) is a long-term strategy designed to take Premier League Youth Development to the next level.