Coaches at Reading FC Academy have shared with us how they pre-select MatchPlay Cards specific to the session theme or focus. They are often selected in relation to a players Individual Development Plan (IDP) or self selected by the players themselves for self challenge. 

Fun - Freedom - Focus 

“It’s all about choice & challenge and insisting to persist, then reflecting, tweaking, making changes to their next problem.”


“They are perfect for the foundation phase, and good for the youth development phase. ideal if your stuck planning time and want to challenge players individually”

Tom Hartley 
Arsenal WFC Development Officer

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One of our all time favourite MatchPlay Cards is 'Freeze Frame'. It holds particular strength and power in sessions with a tactical focus, encouraging players to recognise what is happening in their surroundings. 

Would you see the differences if you gave this card to midfielder in comparison to a goalkeeper? Consider who you give this card to, what would happen if you gave it a quieter member of the squad?