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Scotland
Can Hamilton's youngsters be their salvation?
12:00 Friday 29th November 2019

Hamilton sign Hamilton! That was the announcement on Twitter. Your typical unimaginative football joke. If you're in the dark, the post referred to Scottish Premier League strugglers Hamilton Academical tying down 17-year-old…

Netherlands
Is Crysencio Summerville Feyenoord's next top prospect?
19:00 Wednesday 27th November 2019

It’s safe to say Feyenoord’s academy had produced some good players. Robin van Persie, Giovanni van Bronkhurst, Stefan de Vrij and Georginio Winjaldum are just a few names which graduated from its hallowed fields. The academy…

Opinion
10 of the best footballing academies in the world in recent years
14:40 Monday 21st November 2016

"The foundation of every football club is in its youth."  With all the Financial Fair Play rules coming in, it is now very important for all the football clubs to produce players from their own academies to compete in the modern footballing…

Premier League
Why Premier League Academies Are Strangling The Lifeblood Of The Game
19:49 Thursday 20th March 2014

Locked away in the vaults of the Premier League's official site is one of the most intriguing documents you will find about the state of British football; it is the Premier League's official Youth Development Rules, updated for the 2013/14…

Football
Damned if they do, damned if they don't – The Football League forced to adopt the Elite Player Performance Plan
19:06 Friday 21st October 2011

Yesterday, the 72 Football League Clubs voted in favour of the proposed overhaul of English football's youth system. 46 clubs voted in favour, 22 voted against and there were 3 no-shows and 1 abstention. These changes are the implementation…