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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

Find out all the team news as Palace Under-18s take on Aston Villa LIVE on YouTube

15 April 2021

Crystal Palace Under-18s take on Aston Villa on Saturday, 17th April (12:30 BST) as they look to continue their title charge in the U18s Premier League South – and you can see how the boys get on LIVE...

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Jesurun Rak-Sakyi signs professional deal

12 April 2021

Crystal Palace Academy midfielder Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has signed a professional deal with the club.

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Hodgson: ‘Rak-Sakyi has a big future’

12 April 2021

Crystal Palace first-team manager Roy Hodgson has commended the work and attitude of Academy midfielder, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, with the youngster named on the bench for Palace’s Premier League game with...

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Find out how U18s line up in LIVE clash with Southampton on YouTube

1 April 2021

Crystal Palace Under-18s take on Southampton on today (Saturday, 3rd April) at 11:00 BST as they look to keep the U18s Premier League title in their sights – and you can see how the boys get on LIVE...

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