LaLiga rethinks academy structures in bid to boost player pipelines

April 28 – LaLiga is planning an overhaul of its clubs’ academy structures via a new initiative titled the ‘National Plan forthe Optimisation and Improvement of Youth Academies’.

The aim is to take academies to a new profesional level and bridge the gap to club first teams by providing higher quality youth players that will in turn boost the economic sustainability of clubs and LaLiga.

The plan is linked to the Boost LaLiga project that saw an influx of new money into clubs with a condition that a significant percentage was to be used to develop club infrastructure.

“We have identified a number of indicators for several strategic areas that have a direct impact on the work of the youthacademies, and will work with each club to define the final targets based on their different circumstances, according totheir strengths and weaknesses, as well as identifying opportunities for improvement for each of them,” said Juan Florit,head of Sports Projects at LaLiga.

The Plan is based on five strategic areas, and Project co-ordinators will work with clubs to define medium and long-term objectives.

The strategic áreas are headlined: Infrastructures and resources; Comprehensive care for the player; Development and transition to professional football; Training model and transition to competition; Structure and professionaldevelopment.

The centralised approach to improving club academies across the league is an extension of a strategy that in recent years has seen the development of the LaLiga Training Hub, a training space for youth academy professionals supported by shared data and intelligence from all 42 clubs.

The new plan was presented at the 6th Academy Meeting in Pamplona, hosted by CA Osasuna

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