We assist in establishing a professional structure within your professional team.

PL FOOTBALL can assist your club in organizing a professional football academy.

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PL FOOTBALL can assist the club in organizing their own scouting department.

Want to make the next step in your football development, PL FOOTBALL can assist you to go in to the right direction.

PPA is within PL-Football a service that will help professional players in a private surrounding to improve themselves. The subjects for personal training, video analyses or training advice will be selected and discussed together with the player. All advice needs to lead to a better understanding of the match played, tactical choices within the match played or upcoming matches, physical improvement, and all in connection with the team demands for the player on his position in all key moments.

The service will be available fully, personal meeting for analysing the players performance by video, or partly. The player can create his own plan of development by selecting the for him important subjects, the number of meetings or private training sessions.

The service will influence the players performance and lead to a progress and improvement within his football.


The coaching section of PL-Football is focusing on assisting football coaches or a single football coach to find the right direction for a long coaching career in (Youth) football. We will be able to develop coaches for average level or elite football level. With the structure that will be taught it is possible to see it as the foundation of the coach’s coaching career and then you have to add your own thoughts.


Here we focus in teaching coaches with or without a coaching license a clear structure. The basic football coaching lessons will bring a coach to the level where he can lead and organize his team during training sessions.
1. Organize your team or player
2. Direct your thoughts into a philosophy
3. Philosophy for training and playing
4. Practical sessions


This we organize at PL-Football as an advanced coach’s education opportunity.
We educate the coach and show him all phases that are possible in elite player development and teach him how to clearly react, organize and lead an elite session.
1. Organize your Elite team or player
2. Direct your thoughts into an Elite philosophy
3. Philosophy for elite playing
4. Philosophy for elite training
5. Philosophy for training in small groups

The contents for the lessons of Basic football coaching & Elite football coaching will be customized for a group of coaches or an individual coach. Contact PL-Football with your request.


NEW IN PL FOOTBALL application

Hi All, New in PL Football will be the section within the training exercises; Tactical Training. The exercises are prepared as a specific situation that you as a c coach can prepare for your team. It will improve the knowledge of your players about how you want them to play in all key moments. As a coach you are responsible for sharing with your...

Zenit Izhevsk: the application of PL-Football will assist our coaches

Sport director of the club Maxime Shevchenko is very pleased to start a cooperation with Patrick van leeuwen. His program Pl-Football (coaches application) will give a lot to our coaches from the academy in their preperation of training sessions. It is easy to use; quickly you find the exercises which have a clear explanation and an...

pL-Football application promotion

The video Sharing the information about the PL-Football application is ready. The application is in two languages available, Russian and English. We are working on the Chinese translation of the application. This application focuses on organizing a training session. Video: ...

Pl-football application undergoing server change

FYI, Due to some maintenance on the server the application will be offline for another day. The IT-department is working on changing the server.

Goal & dreams

A new year started, a new season started or the second half of the season started but most important is that your energy will focus you on your goal for this year but also bringing you closer to your dreams as a club, coach or football player. We need to set goals this year that will improve us at the end of this season or year. The goal will motivate...


PL-Football will introduce in the coming weeks an online coaching course. During the course all important football subjects will be discussed in modules. One module will possible be divided in different lessons. All lessons will consist of a 10-15min video explanation with information connected with a subject from the philosophy of PL-football....

Football Forum Odessa

PL-Football presents to all participants of the Football Forum 2019 the coaches application. The coaches will be able to create their own training sessions within the application of PL-Football. The application is availbale in the appstore and google play store in English and Russian.

PL-Football starts co-operation with football club Chernomorets Odessa

Football club Chernomorets Odessa (Ukraine) selected the PL-training application for the academy coaches from u8 up to u17. The application is very useful for the coaches in building an organized training session according a philosophy. Academy director Artem Vyderko knows that this philosophy of building a training session will assist his...

instat.Football + PL-Football

Patrick van Leeuwen brought up @feyenoord.rotterdam & @fcshakhtar & @f.c.kairat players to the top level, now he works with @maccabitlvfc ’s youth ⚽ InStat can help any player and academy to be better . "We use InStat Scout platform to weigh foreign opponents in different tournaments and...


PL-FOOTBALL is always interested in new tools to assist coaches in delivering a quality training session. The PL-Football training application will help coaches reach that goal. a training session needs a clear structure and clear exercises that will improve the players performance.

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With the coming into force of the Financial Fair Play Regulations, youth development is set to play an increasingly important role in every club’s future business plan. Since youth football investment is excluded from the Financial Fair Play break-even calculation, an efficient and productive youth academy is likely to become a must-have, and aid the...


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Patrick J. van Leeuwen

Nationality: Dutch

Date of Birth: 08-08-1969

Place of Birth: Assen, The Netherlands

Patrick van Leeuwen is founder and owner of PL-Football consultancy. Allready at a young age football was important part of his life. When He was playing football in a local team He was invited at a certain moment to join a professional club, Sparta Rotterdam. When He joined the academy of Sparta Rotterdam He also started to attend the Dutch academy of sports, called CIOS. So for him there were two things very clear at that time, He wanted to play professional football but also secure a social career for after his professional football career. He graduated at the age of 21 from the Dutch academy of Sports with the UEFA A license in football coaching. From that moment He fully concentrated on football and try keep that up as long as possible to get the experience that He could use in his future coaching career. He finished because of an injury at the age of 27 with his professional football career. As planned, when He was younger, He got an invitation to start his coaching career at Feyenoord Rotterdam when He finished playing professional football. Later in his coaching and manager career He obtained the UEFA pro license.

Patrick has a large network of external international experienced consultants at his immediate disposal. In this way he is able to meet all requirements made by international clients and bring them to more success.


1985 — 1994 Player FC Sparta Rotterdam
1994 — 1996 Player FC Helmond Sport
1996-1997 — Coach U/11 (Assistant U / 9 — U/12)

1997-1998 — Coach U/11 (Assistant U / 9, U/12, U/16 and U/23)

1998-1999 — Coach U/15 (assistant U/16)

1999-2000 — Coach U/14 (assistant U/16 and U/19)

2000-2001 — Coach U/14

2001-2002 — Coach of the project in China

2002-2003 — Assistant U/16

2003-2004 — Coach U/15

2004-2005 — Coach U/13

2005-2006/january — Manager International ProjectsFeyenoord

2006-2013 — Head of the Academy of Shakhtar Donetsk
2013- January 2016 Sport Director of FC Kairat
Performance Director

1 July 2016-June 2021 – Maccabi Tel Aviv FC

Head Coach

Pre-season 2020/2021 – Maccabi Tel Aviv FC

Winning Super Cup Israel

Head Coach 

December 2020 – October 2021 – Maccabi Tel Aviv Fc

Winning State Cup – 2nd in the league – Qualification Conference League group stage

Dutch Academy of Sport
UEFA Pro License
1. Coaching a team

2. Assisting other coaches

3. Organize an academy

4. Select coaches for the academy

5. Educate coaches of the academy

6. Organize a scouting department

7. Select scouting personal

8. Organize international tournaments

9. Organize coaches congresses

10. Set up a first team organization

11. Create a network of football agents

12. Scouting professional players

13. To organize the football department of the club

14. To organize the budget of the football department


Playermaker: Building the football philosophy at the most decorated club in Israel: Maccabi Tel Aviv

Patrick van Leeuwen was brought into Maccabi Tel Aviv to turn the youth department and academy into one of the best in the world and to ensure that the club’s footballing philosophy was represented at all ages. Patrick recognised that the...

MEGA INTERVIEW: Patrick van Leeuwen about Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Academy philosphy!

VAN LEEUWEN: GOLDHAR’S INVESTMENT WILL REPAY ITSELF Maccabi’s Youth Department Manager in an interview: “Israeli football doesn’t value talent”, “There was difficulty in embedding a way to people who are certain they know more", "without...


The Performance Director discussed the course that is currently underway that deals with training principles in modern football. Watch a video clip from last class inside The brand new course from Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Sports Science Department and the...


The second season of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Youth Department under the direction of Performance Director Patrick van Leeuwen has come to a close and we sat down with the Dutchman to discuss some of the highlights of the campaign, the successful season had by...


The club’s Performance Director, Patrick van Leeuwen looked back at the International U-19 Tournament organized by the club: "Everybody showed their qualities during the tournament both on and off the field” The Maccabi Tel Aviv Performance Director,...

The results will be a natural effect of our work on and off of the field

Mentality of the Israeli player compared to other places: “I think that sometimes the Israeli player will be easy minded in way that if they show that they can do something once then that’s enough. I want to work with players who come to a session and...

Israel needs to give the clubs an option for under-21 team

General football development in Israel: “Israel needs an Under-21 league or an option for the clubs to register an Under-21 Team in one of the existing leagues. There needs to be something in between the Under-19 and Premier League level and I believe...

We want to give all the players the best opportunities

Performance Director Patrick van Leeuwen spoke about his first few months at Maccabi and what he has been working on in the Youth Department. He especially focussed on the importance of the Maccabi Tel Aviv School in the North of Tel Aviv and why it is as...

Van Leeuwen attends ECA Conference on Academy Standards

Academies has been an important topic amongst youth football over the past few years and just as new technology has been at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of football with information being shared between clubs the same is true about Academies....

One on one with Patrick van Leeuwen

It’s been exactly three weeks since Patrick Van Leeuwen (46) was officially announced as Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Performance Director. As he continues to adjust to the new position, the Yellow & Blue were drawn to face one of his former club’s, Kairat...

Results of the year through the eyes of director

FC Shakhtar Academy director has summed up the past season. The Dutch expert has assessed the performances of each team and the Pitmen’s soccer school. Shakhtar-3 - The team showed a good level of football. The boys achieved good results in the...


Life at the Shakhtar Academy never stops. Recently, trainings for all the mentors of our talents were held by Marco von Logem and Arend Reger representing the Netherlands Football Federation with our young players having the opportunity to practice...


FC Shakhtar Academy Director has summed up our teams’ performances in the U-19 championship and DUFLU. - Patrick, this season has seen the start of the U-19 championship. How would you assess its first steps our team’s performance? - Yes, Ukraine...

We are open to everyone

The November issue of the Russian publication Total Footballfeatured an interview with the FC Shakhtar Academy Director Patrick van Leeuwen. Total Football’s reporter personally visited Donetsk to find out detailed information about the...

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The e-learning section of PL-Football has changed. The information about my football philosophy that previously was presented in e-books is now also available as an application. The e-books describe the football philosophy at FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Kairat Almaty and the application will show you how to come to an organized training session.

The application “PL-Football” is available in the apple app store and the google play store the e-books are available here on the website.

The new application will give you an insight in the football philosophy, the structure of the training session and multiple examples of exercises that will guide you and assist you in your work as a coach. The application and the e-books are available in Russian and English language.

With kind regards, Patrick van Leeuwen


Re-set your football philosophy

What we are trying to do at PL-Football with our football activities is to influence your thoughts about football. To many times I hear that football is just a sport! I think a sport needs to be played well and organized! At all levels the intention should be to enjoy and to play as good as you can! Reaching maximum potential as a...

Football without football

What kind of impression it gives you; “Football without football?” Well, as a football academy manager, I can tell you that when football is your profession it still keeps you busy during the days of Corona. Where the hope at first was that maybe we would still finish the season, we can conclude that the season of youth football will be...

Goals and dreams

A new year started, a new season started or the second half of the season started but most important is that your energy will focus you on your goal for this year but also bringing you closer to your dreams as a club, coach or football player. We need to set goals this year that will improve us at the end of this season or year. The goal will...

Connection between the academy and First team

First team and academies need to connect, Clubs need to add to their philosophy a clear movement of players from the academy to the first team. When is a player ready? When should he be ready but most important does the club create opportunities for these young talented players that are the future of the club? At this moment clubs wake up...

Amazing future ahead

I thought the changes that I have created, together with all coaches, for football clubs by influencing their thoughts about the academy philosophy , the players that they produced and the level that those players are performing at gave them a foundation for the years to come. The Champions league, europa league and national team qualifications for EC...


Development compensation is common in most of the European football countries. In all countries it is clear at what age it starts. If clubs start their serious development from the age that compensation start, they could lose a lot of quality development time. Therefore, is it not honest that if you invest early, you should be compensated from the moment...


What do we mean with the words “Tactical flexibility”in football? One coach thinks it means that a team should be able to play different systems in a competition; the second coachwill say that he wants his team to be able to change systems during a match; the third coachwill say that he wants his team to be able to be...

Coaching the coaches

How to coach the coaches, is something that is important when working as an Academy Director or Sport Director. As club management your director has a role of following the philosophy and maintain the direction that has been set by the club, with the intention to strengthen it. The club can also give the Academy Director or Sport Director the opportunity...

Reserve teams; U21; u23?

Whatever the name of a team is that comes after the academy but before the first team is not the most important in this discussion. That you have a team in the age between 18-21 is what counts. This important step, before a player really makes it is as a professional, will give so much to the career of most players. The opportunity to get used...

Coaches development; club policy or the responsibility of a coach?

A short holiday break in your weekly activities as a football academy gives coaches a chance to rest or to develop themselves. To develop themselves a coach has several ways: by the activities of the federation, activities organized by the club or the coach can organize his own activities. The federation needs to take care of the official...

Confirmation or recognition?

When you work in football, and have worked in different clubs you always keep looking over your shoulder what goes on in your previous clubs. In my case I still follow the clubs I played for and the last years the clubs where I organized the football departments. FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Kairat Almaty are the clubs that I follow with interest. A...


To start a new position at a football club is always exiting. You have little information of the club but you always want to make an impression from the first moment you enter. The normal procedure would be, or if you want to buy yourself some time, to evaluate for a few weeks the situation within the club and then you start making your changes. For...

Why not all club owners follow a plan?

To answer this question, you need to analyze why these people want to be involved in football. Do they want to make money by selling players? Do they have the knowledge to coach a team? Or do they think that they have the knowledge after a few years involved in football? Or they just want to show off…


At a certain moment a club will need to start searching for a new coach. This can be because of different reasons: A previous coach his contract is expired and the club would like to sign a new coach; a coach would like to make the next step in his career and moves to a different club when…

Club databases: are they a useful tool?

In academies it is important that there is communication with coaches on a daily bases. It is not only important to talk with them face to face but also offering them the tools to be accurate in their work over a longer period. I am referring to databases within clubs that are managed by all coaches…

Pre-season Training camps

The opening blog will be dedicated to the pre-season camps that all football clubs are organizing before the start of the season. At this moment I am working in Kazakhstan. The championship is from March until November. That means that all teams in Kazakhstan are preparing in the months of December, January and February. These months most of the teams...

Selecting a team

Within the training camps (I wrote about training camps in the first blog) a coach is trying to bring his team into balance. Bringing a team into balance means that you are selecting the qualities that the coach thinks he needs to create a good team. What is a coach looking for in his team? Every coach is different in selecting the qualities that...

What do the best football clubs have in common?

At this moment in football a lot of clubs are privately owned. This not only means smaller clubs became big because of only the input of money but also the former clubs with a good history are under control of new owners. When a smaller club becomes big, I think it means that they would like to stay on the top of the league and not be there for a few...


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