How the talent development pathway works
From the age of 12 years, a large number of talented players are scouted and recruited to the Federation Talent Centre programme for training that leads to district or zonal representation. At 14+ years, there are two pathways young players can take based on their ability and commitment levels.
Firstly, the small percentage of players who are identified as gifted – and who are fully committed to achieving world-class status – will find themselves on the Talent Excel Pathway. These players are exposed to an accelerated development opportunity where the training focus is intensified to help them achieve future national representation at the U-17 FIFA World Cups and beyond into professional football.
Other players will find great opportunities to reach their potential with our Talent Perform Pathway. All will receive expert training and experience representative football at federation levels. Optimal opportunities are given to players to stay in touch with the Talent Excel pathway through scouting and other methods designed to monitor, assess and predict the player’s suitability for higher level playing and training opportunities. The Talent Perform pathway concludes with exit routes leading towards the highest levels of amateur football, ASB Premiership, USA college scholarships or national representative honours.