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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


Steve Parish reacts to Academy redevelopment green light

19 March 2020

The pathway from Crystal Palace’s Academy to first-team has always been a well-trodden path and this looks set to continue after last night’s announcement that Bromley Council had approved the club’s...

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Palace Academy plans backed by Bromley Council

18 March 2020

Plans to develop the Crystal Palace Academy into a Category 1 site have been supported by Bromley Council’s planning committee, heralding a new era for the club.

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WATCH: Academy in Israel documentary launched in full

13 March 2020

The final episode of Palace TV's Academy in Israel documentary has been released, and now you can watch the entire series in full for free.

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WATCH: Palace Academy triumph in Israel closer

12 March 2020

In episode three of Palace TV's Academy in Israel documentary, the Eagles overcome adversity in emphatic fashion on the final playing day of their Winter Tournament, securing a fantastic final...

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