FA Unveil Young Player Development Review

Last updated : 28 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service
The Football Association have today unveiled their Young Player Development Review which seeks to improve the game from grassroots mini soccer level right up to the England team.

Sir Trevor Brooking and FA General Secretary Alex Horne presented the following 25 recommendations to the FA Board.

"The recommendations are fundamental in helping us to ensure that we produce more and better English players, and that everything possible is being done to help ensure their transition into successful international teams," said Horne to the FA's website.

"The FA must ensure that the highest quality coaches are available to the game, and that these coaches are trained with the right skills to specifically work with young players at every age across clubs from grassroots to elite level.

"We must ensure that the clubs and our international teams are working together in the interest of the individual player's development, and towards the ultimate success of our England teams.

"I believe that the development of future generations of the highest quality young English players is the central challenge facing English football today. The good news is that the game is willing, and as I have experienced during the consultation, is at its best working together.

"I am confident that with the unanimous support of The FA Board, alongside the hard work of Sir Trevor Brooking and his Development team, they will be delivered."

Brooking added: "Following on from the release of The Future Game document last year these recommendations form the basis for the outlook of our national game for years to come.

"A rigorous consultation with the whole game informed the process, which was followed up with a number of workshops, reviews and technical expertise."

  1. Agreed mandatory pathway for grassroots youth football playing formats
  2. Promotion of The Future Game as a best practice guide to player development
  3. Public communications campaign to target teachers, parents and volunteers about the importance of player development
  4. The FA to continue work with the other football authorities on whole game youth development issues, and to consider how youth development could be given greater prominence in the game's governance
  5. Expansion of The FA Tesco Skills Programme nationwide
  6. Work with policy makers to ensure the protection of football provision in primary education sector
  7. Work with the professional game to understand the impact of the 'relative age effect' and what solutions might be developed
  8. Identify opportunities for grassroots clubs to provide talent identification and development support to the professional clubs
  9. Update The FA coaching strategy and promote The FA's coaching philosophy across the whole game, including the development on an online resource
  10. Ensure that age-appropriate qualifications are included in rules and regulations for the appointment of coaches
  11. Establish a Coaches Academy network to bring together outstanding coaches of different levels and experiences on a regular basis for coach education opportunities
  12. The FA to launch the Licensed Club for Coaches to kite-mark qualified and up-to-date coaches in the grassroots and professional coaching workforce
  13. Work with the professional game and grassroots to ensure The FA supply of coach education staff is in tune with the demand across all levels of the game (seniors)
  14. Work with the professional game and grassroots to ensure The FA supply of coach education staff is in tune with the demand across all levels of the game (youth)
  15. The FA should undertake to report on an annual basis the latest available research on coaching techniques as well as an assessment of performance in terms of coach education, retention and development
  16. Develop further opportunities to ensure that England international development team coaches work closely with clubs on the identification, development and transition of young England players into the U16 England development set-up
  17. Expand and coordinate club visit programmes for the international to ensure that the international programme for individuals players is appropriate and consistent with their club-based development programmes
  18. Encourage England teams at all developmental age groups to play with a consistent playing philosophy to ensure transition amongst teams is consistent
  19. Overlay the transition of coaching staff individuals across age groups to provide continuity to young players progressing through the international teams
  20. Require future England senior team coaches to have significant input into exposure to the national development team structure
  21. Work with the professional game to consider ways to support the U17 - Under-21 age groups of developing young English players to ensure they maximise their opportunities for playing elite level football and their chances to experience the Club England environment
  22. Agreement between The FA and the professional game on the mandatory release of players for international duty
  23. Agreement to work with the professional game to collect and collate match performance, fitness and medical testing data to consider the impact of the English football calendar on pre-tournament fitness levels
  24. Undertake research to better understand the 'player experience' of international tournaments to inform future decisions on preparation and environment
  25. Formally engage with the leading professional clubs to share their experience on establishing the optimal preparation and environments to encourage player performance.