How to develop young players

Former Barcelona youth co-ordinator, Albert Capellas, tells FFT how to develop the next generation of footballer
English football is in a rut. Just 30 per cent of the players in the Premier League are English. There’s a dearth of talent and Three Lions are suffering.

It was a disastrous summer for the nation’s footballing sides as the under-21s failed to win a game at the European Championship, as did the under-20s during their World Cup campaign.

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The women’s senior team didn’t fare any better, as they returned home from the European Championship without a win.

The production line to the national team needs a boost, starting with a shake-up at grassroots level.

Coaches from the bottom to the top need to learn how to develop players the right way – focusing on technical ability, rather than physicality.

The FA could do worse than listening to the thoughts of Albert Capellas, former youth co-ordinator at Barcelona.

Capellas worked at the Catalan club for nine years between 1999 and 2010, before taking up his current role as assistant coach at Vitesse Arnhem.

During this time he helped develop many of the stars currently gracing Barcelona and Spain’s all conquering sides.

FFT spoke to Capellas to find out the secrets to creating master technicians.

Albert Capellas was talking at the Science + Football Conference. For more information visit

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How to catch Wenger's eye
Building confidence in young players
Tony Carr: Dealing with a step up in class
Peter Taylor's 3 top tips for young players
Damien Comolli: How to make it as a young player
Tony Carr: Psychology for young players

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