It is clear that much more can and needs to be done to make football truly global at the highest level. At the heart of this is a dedicated approach to talent development. Long-term commitment in this area leads to structural results.
The data clearly shows that talent development has a positive impact upon later success, both domestically and internationally. A concerted effort from all stakeholders (FIFA, confederations, associations, leagues and clubs) to influence the key factors of talent development could lead to a higher competitive balance. As shown in the forthcoming sections, the top MAs appear to be supporting talent development through-out the pathway to a greater extent. However, it is clear that there is still work to be done to truly give every talent a chance.