March 2 – FIFA have enlisted Belgian company Double pass as a partner to roll out a new ‘Talent Development Progamme’.
The world federation’s director of football development and former Arsenal manager, in making the announcement, said: “FIFA wants to ensure that every talent and federation has the opportunity to optimise their talent development system. Over time this will lead to a more balanced competitive landscape. This High Performance Program will support football federations, clubs and academies in their processes to set up a sustainable, long-term talent identification and development program.”
Double pass was founded in 2004 as a spin-off from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) to assist clubs, federations and leagues in optimising data around their youth academies and player performance analysis. The firm has built a reputation partnering with among others US Soccer, the Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin and Brazilian club Internacional.
FIFA will launch the project in April with the stimulation programme set for 2021. Double pass will supply 15 experts for the talent development programme that aims to get 120 national federations to embrace the system.
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