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 players the information about how they should attack, defend or switch. You give them the knowledge so that they can recognise the situation and take a decision.

I think it is a valuable addition to the app for you as a coach. We need to go more into the direction of preparing all at the right quality. The quality of the players is what makes the performance successful but it is usable for all age groups.

The exercises will also have examples for teams that play in a different format during games, like: 9:9 or 8:8. As a coach you should also be able to translate it to 8:8 or to 11:11 when the topic of your training is mentioned in one of the other formats.

good luck, enjoy and thank you for using the PL Football application!

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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.


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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 us and will make sure that our dream of success will be closer or achieved. After that starts the next step. Good luck this year in your football development.


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. The philosophy will be supported with presentations and the PL-Football application for coaches.

The course will be introduced by holding a three days course to give the interested coaches an insight in the course.

More information will follow.


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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 multiple age categories” .
With InStat coaching staff easily creates personal tasks and prepares young talents way more effectively!
InStat Index, comparison tools, video summaries and other analysis instruments – all this will help a youngster to improve and become professional.


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.

Will Serie-A Reserve Teams Playing In Serie-C Catch On?

Newly elected President of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriele Gravina, the man who was behind the so-called “Miracle of Castel Di Sangro” in Serie B in the late ’90s, will have to call on all his “miraculous” powers to resolve the many problems about to pass across his desk.
As he takes over at the helm of the Italian football movement – he was elected as the only candidiate on October 22nd this year – the forecast would suggest that he can certainly expect some unsettled weather. For a start, this was the fifth time in five years that the ruling body of Italian football held (or tried to hold) elections to pick a leader.
For a second, his mandate in office lasts just two years, a time span considered far too short by no less than Demetrio Albertini, the former AC Milan star who for more than a decade now has been active in football politics. A deputy President of the Federation from 2007 to 2014, he argues that you need much longer for meaningful reform.
Albertini is almost certainly correct but it is at least arguable that Gravina may be able to immediately oversee the completion of one reform, already started, namely the creation of Serie A “seconde squadre” (Reserve or B teams) which will play in Italy’s Serie C, or third level of professional football, starting as and of the 2018-2019 season.    When introducing this reform last May, the Federation explained:
“From a careful analysis of the relevant European context, it becomes clear from all the major European (league) championships that (young) players mature more quickly thanks to being used in the second (B) teams…”.
The basic idea is this. Italian football has always used its U19 “Primavera” as a sort of reserve team. The problem here is what do you do when the player is over 19 years old but not yet adjudged ready to be enrolled in the first team squad. We are talking Serie A teams here and the player in question may be a budding but largely undeveloped talent. In an another culture, the player might be thrown into the first team squad, on a sink or swim basis, but that is not always the Italian way with coaches much slower to blood younger talents.
Until now, such players have either been sold (with a buy-back option) or loaned out by the Serie A club to a Serie B or lower Serie A club. The advantage here is that, if all goes well, the player gets invaluable, genuinely competive experience, so that when and if he returns to the Serie A club, he is a more valuable player, both on the pitch and on the transfer market.
The buy back option here is fundamental. Take the case of AS Roma and Italy international, 22-year-old Lorenzo Pellegrini, one of the brightest young stars in the current Italian firmament. In June 2015, at the age of 19, Pellegrini, a Roma youth team player from the age of nine, was sold to Serie A side Sassuolo for a reported €1.25 million euro with a first option, buy back clause of €10 million euro.
Two summers later, Pellegrini, having shown himself to be a more than useful player in 47 Serie A appearances for Sassuolo, rejoined Roma for the agreed €10 million buy back fee. Was this bad business? Roma had to fork out €8.75 million to buy back their own player, one that Roma had originally nurtured and developed.
At first glance, this clearly looks like bad business. Yet, in order to persuade a Serie A rival to take a player like this, you have to offer some sort of incentive. Otherwise, there is the risk that the club will take your young player and leave him on the bench all season long.
The other club will argue that if they do make good use of a promising player like that, in the process increasing his market value, there is nothing financial in it for them, whatever about his on field contribution to their cause. With a buy back clause, the lower down team has a serious financial incentive to make a good job of developing the young talent.
The idea of the “seconde squadre” is to avoid this situation, allowing the bigger clubs such as Juventus, Inter, AC Milan, Roma et al to hold on to the serious numbers of youth team talents which come through their ranks rather than having to send them off to the “provinces” for genuine, high level competitive football.
Another solution, of course, is for the leading Serie A club either to buy a Serie C club or to come to some sort of “arrangement” with one. Obviously, not everyone can afford to do that whilst such “arrangements” may run foul of Federation regulations.
With B teams playing in the tough and very real environment of Serie C (divided into three geographical areas and comprising 57-60 teams), clubs can look after their own players’ development, ensuring that they get that desperately needed experience.  Then, if the player develops well, the club can introduce him into their first team squad at no cost, putting themselves in the position of making the most of the player’s much enhanced market value if and when he begins to shine in the first team.   The bottom line is that the club would have much greater control over the destiny of its budding younger players.
That, at least, is the theory. Thus far the practice has proved rather different.  So far, only one such team, Juventus Under 23, has actually registered and is currently playing in Serie C. Other clubs have adopted a wait and see attitude with many of them arguing that the decision to allow Serie A 2nd teams to enrole in Serie C came much too late in the season, leaving them with not enough time to put together all the relevant infrastructure of a B team, including coaching staff, training facilities and a stadium.
For example, Juventus U23 play their home games at the 8,000 capacity Stadio Moccagatta in Alessandria, a stadium owned by the municipality of Alessandria and until this season used exclusively by Serie C team Alessandria, a former Serie A glory from the 30’s. Obviously, you are not going to stage reserve team games in 70,000 plus seater stadia such as the San Siro or the Olimpico.
For the record, at press time, Juventus U23 are seventh in Serie C, Group A on 10 points three behind the league leaders Carrarese who are on 13. Further point of information is that, in keeping with the overall principle, this Juventus team comprises guys called Zanandrea, Muratore, Kastanos, Mavididi etc – that is, no famous names.
Albertini argues that the B team project will need time to be properly assessed, adding:
“I would be very surprised, though, if other clubs did not sign up for it”.
Underlining his words came a promise from Torino owner, Urban Cairo, speaking at a Gazzetta Dello Sport organised forum in Trent in October, to the effect that “next year, Torino too will have a B team”. If Albertini is right and if Cairo keeps his word, then others may follow the Torino and Juventus example.
For the new Federation President, Gravina, the “seconde squadre” concept could yet prove to be a useful opportunity to prove that he means business when he speaks of reforming Italian football


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 move away from huge transfer fees and inflated player wages. Furthermore, the concept of squad size limits, with an unlimited number of players under the age of 21, is being introduced in more and more leagues throughout Europe, encouraging clubs to invest in youth development.

It goes without saying that youth development reduces financial risks in club football and can only be beneficial to the future well-being of the game. However, at ECA, we have come to realise that we lack a real detailed and coordinated mapping and understanding of the different models of youth development that exist in Europe.

As a result, ECA decided to enlighten the situation and look into this matter in more detail. A dedicated Task Force, mandated to visit and report on the different youth academies and their respective youth development philosophy across Europe, has led to the publication of the first ECA Youth Academy Report: a guide designed and focused on youth development, which aims to provide advice and share experiences on youth academies with the clubs.

The report provides a comparable perspective that underlines the different approaches and philosophies of youth academies across the continent. It does not classify different academies, but rather acknowledges what is happening and shares this with interested clubs in order for them to compare and assess their own academy. A dedicated ECA Task Force has made several field visits to youth academies of different sizes across Europe, and this has formed the basis of a qualitative analysis involving detailed case studies. The report also offers a wider picture via information it has gathered through a survey, responded to by 96 ECA Member Clubs. This survey has revealed many interesting facts and figures on topics including organisational structure, scouting, coaching, education, and infrastructure. Each topic has been summarised to allow for key recommendations on each topic to be made.

To download the full report, click here


Real Madrid is for the tenth successive year the richest football club of the world, according to a report from accounting and consulting firm Deloitte. With eight clubs in the top 20 of richest clubs, the Premier League continues to expand its domination. Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United is the wealthiest UK-based club, while Everton can call itself the financially fastest growing club.

Every year the Sports Group of Deloitte assesses the finances of the highest earning clubs in the world. The latest report – titled ‘Football Money League 2015’ – reveals that the world’s most popular sport is increasingly seeing a gap, at least in financial terms, between the elite and the rest. In 2004, the 20th richest club of the globe, Aston Villa, had a revenue of €84 million, while the richest club (Manchester United) earned €259 million. Ten years later the financial threshold for the top-20 has risen to €144 million (Everton this year), with leader Real Madrid earning a staggering €550 million. The ‘explosion’ in revenues is mainly the result of large increases in broadcast revenue, supplemented by income from commercial merchandise.

An overview of the 20 richest football clubs of the globe:

Together, these 20 clubs have an aggregate annual revenue of more than €6 billion, a barrier which they have exceeded for the first time. At the top end of the Money League, Manchester United joined Real Madrid as the only clubs to earn over €500 million. German champions Bayern Munich come in third place, with Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona in fourth. England’s second richest club, Manchester City, has a revenue of €414 million, 25% less than its city rivals. The number 20 of the list, Everton, earns slight more than €400 million less than Real Madrid. Clubs from the English Premier League dominate the top 20 – the number of clubs increased from six last year to eight in the 2015 edition. A view at the top 40 however makes the financial edge of English clubs more striking: the number of Premier League clubs in the top 30 has risen from eight to 14 and all 20 Premier League clubs are now within the top 40 globally. This can according to the researchers be explained by one factor: the much larger broadcast revenue that English Premier League clubs enjoy, as well as the relative equality of its distribution.

An analysis of the growth rate of clubs shows that Everton was the financially fastest growing club last year, boosting its finances by 43%, followed by Champions League finalist Atlético de Madrid (+42%) and Italian side Napoli (+42%). Only two clubs in the top 20 saw their revenue fall – Milan-based giants AC Milan and Inter Milan.