The Orlando Pride Development Academy strives to build complete players in every aspect of the game. Our development process focuses on teaching young players the required technical, tactical & athletic skills to compete successfully in the NWSL. 

Our development strategy is carefully crafted to create professional players. From the age of nine to eighteen, players will go through a meticulously crafted development plan that will set them up for success at the next level. 

The Orlando Pride Development Academy will create intelligent players with a high work ethic. Speed, balance and coordination will supplement a position specialization and help create a complete soccer player. Below are our four pillars of player development. 

Technical

  • Passing – varied distance
  • Disguise
  • Combinations
  • Scanning
  • First touch & control
  • Finishing
  • Crossing – cutback, clipped, whipped
  • 1v1 attacking
  • 1v1 defending
  • Tackling
  • Intercepting
  • Heading
  • Position Specific

Tactical

  • Building from the Back
  • Progressive Possession
  • Midfield Rotations
  • Switches of Play
  • Striker Play
  • Midfield Support
  • Pressing Triggers
  • Organization & Shape
  • Playing Between the Lines
  • Game Rhythm 
  • Movement off the Ball
  • Decision Making Under Pressure
  • Field Coverage
  • Position Specific

Athletic

  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Speed – linear & non-linear
  • Reactions
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Endurance

Social

  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Personality & Character
  • Togetherness
  • Love of the Game
  • Self Confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Humble
  • Growth
  • Connection
  • Certainty
  • Variety
  • Significance
  • Contribution