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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


Soares to Pierrick: All Academy graduates since 2004

28 May 2020

When Palace were facing defeat against Norwich City early in 2020, Roy Hodgson turned to the famed south London Academy for inspiration.

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Palace Academy players unite to support community

20 May 2020

Footballers from the Crystal Palace Academy have been planning, delivering and evaluating a community participation project as part of Football Unites, a pilot initiative from community interest...

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VE Day: Palace U13s interview former Palace player who fought in WWII

8 May 2020

On this day 75 years ago, VE Day was declared and the slow process of returning to normal life, for those who had given so much, began.

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Premier League confirms end to 2019/20 Academy Games Programme

1 May 2020

The Premier League has confirmed that the 2019/20 Academy season has been called off across the Category One-Category Four pyramid. This will affect all Crystal Palace teams from the Under-9s up to...

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