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Football Development Centre

FDC Coaching

Providing talented footballers the opportunity to develop in the pathway.

The aim of Cardiff University Football Development Centre is to improve the technical ability and tactical understanding of promising young players and enable them to play and train at a higher level.

Cardiff and Vale Schools Football Association

Cardiff University Sport is pleased to continue its partnership with Cardiff and Vale Schools Football Association to ensure that talented players have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Players who are excelling within the Cardiff University Football Development Centre will be provided with the opportunity to progress into the Cardiff and Vale Schools squads.

Talent ID process

Details of our 2021 - 2022 season talent ID process with Cardiff & Vale Schools will be communicated shortly. In the meantime, our programme remains accessible to talented footballers in the Cardiff and Vale area and we encourage you to contact us if you would like any further information.


Players selected for the Cardiff University Football Development Centre squad attend weekly training sessions between September 2021 and May 2022 at either Cardiff University Sports Fields or Cardiff University Sports Training Village. For the 2021 - 2022 season, players will benefit from a half term training camp during the Easter school break.

Games programme

In addition to weekly training sessions, players participate in fixtures against Welsh Schools county representative squads and FAW/EFL academies both in Wales and England, offering squad members high quality competition and opportunities to demonstrate their ability.

Fixtures between Cardiff University Football Development Centre and Cardiff and Vale Schools take place during the season to allow all coaches and managers to assess players' development.

Fixtures are an additional opportunity to work on topics covered in the weekly training sessions, with the importance being placed on player development over results.


Players in our programme will have the opportunity to develop their technical ability and tactical understanding in a structured and fun learning environment. The emphasis for our coaches is on developing players the FAW 'Welsh Way'. Players selected attend our Football Development Centre training sessions and fixtures in addition to any club/school football commitments.

All players participate in a 3 week futsal (indoor football) block to further challenge and expand their football education. Players are provided with sport science support and receive both mid/end of season individual development plans.

Squad members receive quality coaching led by FAW/UEFA B Licence qualified coaches.

Get in touch

If you would like further information, please contact us:

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