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ACADEMY PLAYING PHILOSOPHY

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At Crystal Palace F.C. our objectives are to maximise our players' potential as they grow and develop from age group to age group, through a detailed training and games programme. We aim to enhance the players' capabilities and knowledge technically, tactically, physically, psychologically and socially.

Our philosophy is about six situations within the game but is primarily a possession-based approach that requires excellence in spatial awareness, outstanding movement, technical adaptability off both feet, tactical awareness and adaptability, fluidity, strength and pace of movement and a collective respect and appreciation of working with each other. 
 
Our six situations are:
  • Understanding how and when to play out from the back
  • Controlling and creating in the middle third
  • Creating and finishing in the final third
  • Press our opponents high if and when appropriate
  • Retreat organised, compact and ready to re-press in the middle third
  • Be compact, controlled and calculating in our defending third
These areas will be key principles of our football education.   

Academy News

Academy

Academy pair sign first professional contracts

19 October 2020

Crystal Palace Academy pair Fionn Mooney and Jadan Raymond have signed professional contracts with the club.

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Academy Founder Members update

23 September 2020

With the 20/21 Academy season underway, we wanted to provide an update to our Academy Founder Members on all of the benefits they can look forward to, as well as information relating to the pandemic...

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Academy redevelopment update: Exclusive footage shows new site progression

23 September 2020

Exclusive new footage shows how the Crystal Palace Academy is developing after Bromley Council approved Planning Permission for the site earlier this year.

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Fixture list: Under-18s head to Fulham on opening day

7 September 2020

Paddy McCarthy's Under-18 side's 2020/21 season starts this Saturday, away at fellow Londoners, Fulham.

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