Coaching Methodology

PREMIER SKILLS developed the Practice Play coaching methodology with the aim of producing outstanding coaches and highly skilled players. Practice Play is built on the realistic learning of street football that progresses to advanced full game understanding.

Coaching Methodology Practice Play

For the crucial development period of the junior player, the Practice Play methodology recreates the street football playing environment allied to an advanced coaching methodology.

For the youth player, the Practice Play methodology progressively adds on realistic practices for larger playing numbers in areas that develop the outstanding skill, vision and decision making that is required for the PREMIER SKILLS playing philosophy.


For the senior player, the Practice Play methodology cements the skills and principles of the PREMIER SKILLS playing philosophy into the full-sided game


The Practice Play methodology:

  • Involves decision making on time and space through the use of interference or opposition in all practices.
  • Gradually increases difficulty - by adding opposition or decreasing area size or combining both. 
  • Ensures active involvement of every player at all times - no lines. no drills!
  • Involves practical realism at all stages.
  • Develops great individuality always allied to vision and game understanding.
  • Has a skills and tactical spine that runs throughout the work from junior to senior football. Every session has a link back to the PREMIERS SKILLS playing philosophy.


The Practice Play philosophy produces a contradiction in terms - it produces natural players.


PREMIER SKILLS delivers the Practice Play methodology through two interlinked areas of football - coach education and player development. PREMIER SKILLS offer a variety of courses for both coaches and players at all levels of the game.



Street football was the name given to the chaos type informal play times, often seen in the 1960’s, in which young players could practice. The Practice Play methodology is largely designed around the principles of street football development.

Features of street football:
•  Unorganised games were played (invented) according to numbers of players available.
•  Small area size meant small sided games were predominant.
•  Small games meant more touches of the ball with more decisions to make.
•  Lots of movement - fitness improved.
•  Games were realistic in many ways similar to full games.
•  High individual skill levels were produced.

Street football was a natural development programme that produced highly skilled individuals. The Practice Play methodology recreates street football in a modern coaching framework.


Street Football

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