Kick-starting talent worldwide, DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga has launched its Bundesliga Football School – a new partnership model for promoting young talent. This model joins with national soccer associations, soccer leagues and professional clubs abroad to encourage talented young soccer players at local level. Over the course of one week, soccer players (boys and girls) between the ages of 13 and 18 will receive targeted assistance in a series of compact training sessions and workshops, enabling them to showcase their talent. The sessions are run by experts and licensed coaches from the youth training centers of Bundesliga clubs. The local associations and leagues can either make use of the Bundesliga Football School as a stepping-off point to build up their own system for promoting young talent, or profit from the Bundesliga’s know-how to professionalize and enhance their existing local structures. No fees are charged to participate in the Bundesliga Football Schools.
“The Bundesliga Football School is now ready to go and our approach is unique worldwide,” said Ansgar Schwenken, Director of Soccer Matters and Fans at DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga. “Our particular aim is to encourage professional soccer structures and foster local talent in different countries. The Bundesliga Football School sees itself as an ambassador for the Bundesliga, and for its values and quality. We are collaborating with experts and coaches from our clubs’ successful youth academies on a non-commercial basis and under our own direction.”
After a pilot project in 2016, the first official Bundesliga Football School took place in Israel in July 2017. The School cooperated closely with the Israel Football Association (IFA) and the Israeli Professional Football Leagues (IPFL) – with their 14 professional clubs – to enable up to 100 of best 13-to-18-year-old soccer players to take part in training sessions and courses over a five-day period. The program comprised of several training sessions each day as well as coaching on topics such as the rules of the game, nutrition and mental training. At the end of the week, all the participants received an assessment of their sporting potential based on the same criteria used at the Bundesliga youth training centers. As the players came from a wide variety of religious and cultural backgrounds, the Bundesliga Football School also underscored the power of soccer to bring people together and build bridges.