FIFA launches groundbreaking FIFA Talent Development Scheme

  • The latest in a range of FIFA projects targeting a boost in football’s global competitiveness

  • Adds data-driven and contextual structure to FIFA’s work with member associations

  • Arsène Wenger explains the details in the latest edition of FIFA’s Living Football show

FIFA has launched an innovative FIFA Talent Development Scheme (TDS), offering bespoke assistance to member associations (MAs) to help them achieve their full potential and continuing the measures taken to reduce the disparity in the level of football between different regions of the world.

TDS is part of FIFA’s collaborative work with MAs to increase global competitiveness. World football’s governing body is increasing its investment through a holistic approach to technical and education projects; also represented by new performance analysis and insights on the field as well as the FIFA Training Centre, launched in 2021 as a modern and dynamic platform to share knowledge with technicians of the game.

“One of our over-arching aims is to give every talent a chance,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “The launching of the FIFA Talent Development Scheme is one of the keys to achieving that objective. It follows on from the ground-breaking analysis of the football talent development ecosystem in over 200 of our member associations and will give boys and girls the chance to maximise their potential.”

FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger appeared on the latest edition of FIFA’s Living Football show to explain the programme and how its implementation will be rolled out worldwide.

“I am delighted that, with the launch of the FIFA Talent Development Scheme, we have taken another significant step towards giving every talent a chance, no matter where or when they are born,” said Mr Wenger. “By launching this programme for global benefit, we can improve the equality of opportunity for players across all six confederations and all 211 member associations.”

DAKAR, SENEGAL - JANUARY 17: Children play football during a FIFA Grassroots schools programme on January 17, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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The FIFA President’s Vision 2020-2023 targets work towards the goal of having 50 national teams and 50 clubs competing at the highest level for global silverware.

Whilst competitions are drivers of development, TDS also strengthens the solid framework for the pathways that take talent from the point at which they enter the game all the way through to transition opportunities into senior football. In turn, MAs forge relationships with key stakeholders to share responsibility for constructing and harnessing their talent development ecosystem.

For more information on the talent development and the details of the talent development scheme, please go to the FIFA Training Centre.