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Former Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Launches FIFA Talent Development Programme in Doha

Former Arsenal coach and FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, Arsène Wenger has announced the launching of FIFA Talent Development Programme in Doha, which will be a constructive focus towards developing a talent development program that will enable associate members to optimize their technical structures, establish sustainable and long-term scouting schemes and bridge the gap between themselves and the top teams. Wenger was with the Gunners for 26 years from 1996 to 2018.

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During a five-day FIFA Technical Development Workshop in Doha, which concluded on February 02, Wenger said “We are launching the FIFA Talent Development Programme to ensure that every talent gets a chance. That goal is very ambitious but we are highly motivated and focused. Nowadays, information can be made available and used all over the world within seconds. It’s a huge chance”. The event was attended by over 100 experts from confederations and member associations.

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Adding more to the real purpose of making this workshop, Wenger added saying ” In many countries, the focus of the association is mainly on the senior national team, but this national team is always the consequence of football development across the country. We need more youth competitions to identify talent, offer them a pathway and develop coaching”.

Through this FIFA Talent Development Programme, all 211 associate member associations will be entitled to benefit from a FIFA assessment of the various areas, including all national teams, domestic leagues, scouting projects and academies.

After the completion of the Talent Development Programme, an assessment will be made for all the member associations by FIFA’s experts which will have a reading of their technical ecosystem against global standards. Based on the report, FIFA will implement ideal technical programs in tandem with the member associations from 2021.

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“Sustainable development is a long-term approach and requires dedication, confidence and patience. Within the next six to eight months, we will have a good overview of what is needed everywhere in both men’s and women’s football, and then we will respond both online and offline with a team of experts to help develop football to the highest level”, the former Arsenal coach concluded saying.

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