THE ACADEMY PHILOSOPHY
At Leeds United Academy, players must learn to be technically proficient, be able to deal with the ball anywhere on the pitch. Tactically they must become familiar with the club’s system of play and understand the strengths and weaknesses within it. Physically players need to become the football athlete, someone that can play at the tempo that is required to compete at the highest level and psychologically they need to have a balanced view of success and failure so that by the time they have reached the Professional Development Phase they have the confidence to be able to deal with the stress of playing to win, week in and week out.
The Academy play an efficient possession based passing game with quality distribution and well timed movement to play out from the back in order to work the ball through the thirds of the pitch. All players are taught to understand how to defend correctly and have the ability to balance and cover, make play predictable by applying good pressure in the right areas and at a good tempo in order to deny forward passing and ultimately regain possession of the ball.
The Academies style of play not only encourages players to be brave enough to receive and play in tight areas but also use their knowledge of when and where it is appropriate to do so. All players set out with a clear understanding of a game plan, how to deliver it going forward and to trust it out of possession.
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