Developing more world-class players
New Zealand Football believes in equipping every young player to "be the best they can be." For some, that will mean setting their sights on a place in the All Whites or Football Ferns. Performing at this elite level is a hugely satisfying achievement and a great motivator for the next generation of stars.
Producing more Ryan Nelsens, more often, has to be a major goal of football in New Zealand. To achieve that, we need a well-structured talent development programme.
Evidence from leading football nations coupled with academic research has shown the importance of talent development systems to maximise potential. The first step is to develop greater numbers of talented players during the key early development years. The most able and motivated players can find their way into top class football, and our national teams will have a bigger talent pool to keep them competitive on the world stage.
Federation Talent Centres provide the missing link. As part of our Whole of Football Plan, they form a major part of the structure that will help us to develop more world-class players.
The goals of the new pathway;
The talent development arm of the national player development framework focuses on providing players with more and better opportunities to become the best that they can be. For some that may mean reaching world class status and for others it may simply mean playing for the first XI of their local club, school or federation team.