Partners in Development - A Program Overview

The Partners in Development program is an inclusive and collaborative program for motivated youth development clubs,  youth coaches and those with a passion for soccer and learning together.  

One of the main objectives of the program is to help motivated clubs throughout Greater Houston, the State of Texas, and even from around the Country and World, come together in a consistent and positive way to share and learn together. The program has three main areas of focus: player, coach, and club development. There is special focus on the younger ages: before the entry-level Pre-Grassroots (ages 2-5) into the Grassroots (ages 5-8) and Foundation (ages 9-12) and Formation Phases (ages 13-15).

The Partners in Development is a program free of cost and is always open to any and all who love learning, sharing and cultivating a passion for youth development.

Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo, Academy Director

The Coaches Collaborative- Join us!

Each month in the Partners in Development program we meet in the Coaches Collaborative.  The objective of the Coaches Collaborative is to provide a consistent platform to learn and grow together and to inspire each other through the sharing of insights and experiences.  Each month we take 'deeper dives' into youth development topics and also have special guests and experts from around the nation and the world!

Some recent topics of the "Deeper Dives":         

  • Engaging and educating Parents as partners in development!
  • The forward-thinking philosophy of Soccer Starts at Home!
  • The importance of Grassroots and Foundation Phase development.
  • Improving Individual Player development.
  • Game models for player development at young ages.
  • The study and development of Positional Play concepts. 
  • Methodology and Core Exercise Design.
  • Guided Defending Methods in developing skill in young players
  • Innovative programming for player development at younger ages.
  • The importance of developing Perceptive skills.
  • Developing your club's philosophy and methods of development.

To join into future Coaches Collaboratives, simply contact, Academy Director, Paul Holocher at

Coaches Collaboratives are happening through ZOOM!

“All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections.”                              

Arthur C. Aufderheide

Mon. April 5th- Coaches Collaborative - Special Guest-  Dadi Rafnsson

Mon, April 5th- Coaches Collaborative - Special Guest- Dadi Rafnsson

Upcoming! Coaches Collaborative with Dadi Rafnsson

Partners in Development: Coaches Collaborative
Special Guest:  Dadi Rafnsson
Date: Monday,  April 5th, 2021 
Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

About our Special Guest:

Dadi Rafnsson will speak about lessons in development from the case of Iceland. He is the head of football development at HK, a premier league club in Iceland, former head of youth at Breidablik, Iceland's most prolific development club, former assistant coach at Jiangsu Suning women's professional team in China and has been teaching for the Icelandic FA's education department for several years. He is also a PhD student and lecturer at Reykjavik University and program director at the MK Academy dual career program. Dadi lived and studied in the USA for five years.

How did Iceland with a population of 350.000 people manage to qualify regularly for major tournaments at men's and women's level? How does the development system work? Why does coach education matter? How did Iceland's youth go from being one of the worst in substance abuse in Europe in 1998 to being one of the best through an emphasis on sports? And finally, why do Icelandic kids train in shorts in January?

This is sure to be an amazing learning opportunity for any coach or educator. As always, we encourage all our Partners in Development to share these Coaches Collaborative opportunities with their club’s motivated staff.  #KeepDeveloping  #CultureofDevelopment

Join the Culture of Development:  The Partners in Development is a Houston-based developmental program for all motivated youth clubs and coaches.  If you are a Youth Coach or Club Director with special interest in the Grassroots and Foundation ages, or simply an active 'Student of the Game'  who loves learning and would like to participate in any of our monthly Partners in Development programs, please click HERE or simply email to or call 713-446-0087  



Training Invitationals - 2 v 2 Dribble Festivals - Join Us!

The objective of the Training Invitationals is to inspire and develop the motivated young player to new levels and to help our Greater Houston coaches develop together with practical and on the field programming.  Our special focus is on player development at the Grassroots (ages 5-8) and Foundation (ages 9-12) phases.   

These special once-per-month trainings take place at the Houston Sports Park (HSP)- the home of the Houston Dynamo, and occasionally at one of our Partners in Development own training locations. The Partners in Development 'Training Invitationals' have also included special guests,  including professional players from the Houston Dynamo, which brings extra inspiration for these young participating players.

For more information on how you can participate in upcoming 'Training Invitationals' please contact, Academy Director, Paul Holocher, at or by calling directly to 713-446-0087. 

Check out the video below of our recent Training Invitationals - the 2 v 2 and 3 v 3 Dribble Festivals!