Identification of talents
Development of Talents

Identifi­cation of talents

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Access to football

Offering continued chances to play, train and fall in love with the game at every stage is crucial to the growth and development of football.

Access routes into football in thetop 20 MAs

80 00 %

of the top MAs incorporate grassroots football in the overall strategy for player development

Call to Action

1. Implement comprehensive grassroots programmes countrywide

2. Encourage communities and regional associations to support the growth of volunteer engagement

3. Organise age-appropriate competition formats for optimal skills development

Scouting and identification

Motivated and talented male and female footballers should all get the chance to be scouted, identified and developed, regardless of where they are from, when they were born, or their social or economic background.

85 00 %

of the top 20 MAs have qualified scouts and talent ID staff.

50 00 %

of the top 100 associations have a TID system in place for boys and girls.

Call to Action

1. Implement a structured system for identifying talented young boys and girls at every stage of the pathway across all regions

2. Ensure that talents are not overlooked because of their date of birth or their maturation

3. Provide accredited training courses for the education of scouts and talent ID staff


Access to key technology is crucial to supporting the identification and development of players. From data collection hardware to data management systems that enable the data to be used effectively, knowing how to use the latest technology allows users to gain further insight into the game.

65 00 %

of the top 20 MAs have an IT system/database for talent identification.

Call to Action

1. Increase access to technology to support the collection of data to objectively support the identification process

2. Implement a data management system to support decision-making