Forget the EPPP! – Our simple guide to help the England team

After England’s dismal performance against Chilli recently, we thought it would be a great time to publish our simple blueprint for success as it is clear that no one at the FA has the answer. Take a look at how Chilli play, take a look at how Spain play, take a look at how Germany […] Read more »

Football League Youth Development Rules 2013

football league youth development

Have you been wondering what the rules actually mean regarding the new Elite Player Performance Plan? We’ve obtained a copy of the latest Football League Development rules that govern football academies from 2013. You can download a copy here. The document is over 300 pages long and covers everything from leadership and management of an […] Read more »

Has the EPPP improved your academy in 2013?

The Elite Player Performance plan is now in full swing and most clubs have decided which category they would like to be in and many have now had their audits c9onfirmingwhich category they are going to be awarded. As the EPPP is all about player development, we would like to know what you think of […] Read more »

What’s changed at your academy?

It’s been several months since the Football League introduced the new Elite Player Performance Plan across all the football academies and centres of excellence in England. Clubs have now been given their categories under the new rules that are supposed to herald a new culture within our academy system that will eventually produce the England […] Read more »

EPPP – Is your football academy ready to be audited?

With the new season about to come to an end, this summer could be a very stressful time for most football academy managers as they prepare for the forthcoming EPPP audits that will determine which category there club will be in next season. The audits will be carried out by company called Double Pass who have […] Read more »

Could the Elite Player Performance Plan put some academies out of business?

EPPP - Is it all about money

The categorisation of football academies under the forthcoming Elite Player Performance Plan is still as clear as mud! Most clubs have decided which category they would like to be in and are now planning their own self-audits in anticipation of the forthcoming external audit programme by the governing body. The twenty Premier League clubs will […] Read more »

Academy assessments – it’s that time of year again!

John Terry signing his new contract

Another football season will soon be coming to an end and a few thousand football academy and centre of excellence players will be attending their second assessment of the year. For some, the April assessment could be the last if they receive the dreaded YD7 release form. For parents and players alike, the April assessments […] Read more »

Which category will your football academy or centre of excellence be in next season?

Football Academy rules

The powers that be at the Football League are all in meetings at the moment. Don’t bother trying to get hold of anyone; you won’t have much luck! My guess is that they are all debating the forthcoming new football academy rules and Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) that are due to come into effect […] Read more »

In a football academy – who will you be playing next season?


With the new EPPP rules coming into force next season, many academies will be frantically looking at the details of the new proposals and trying to work out which tier they will be in next year. It should not be too hard to figure out which academies will be in tier 1. Manchester United, Manchester […] Read more »

The new FA EPPP changes – good or bad?


Newsflash – England has finally won the World Cup! Football fans from all over the UK partied early in to the night now England has finally won the Fifa World Cup again with a sensational last minute goal in extra time. The nation has gone into party mode and the Prime Minister has announced another […] Read more »