Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent

The FAI Emerging Talent Programme helps identify and develop talented young players around the country with a view to helping them progress onto the international stage in due course.

As the governing body of a country with no professional underage competition/coaching/development structure there is an obligation to assist in the structured development of young players countrywide for all facets of the game

There is now a structured programme of development, which mirrors best practice in European and World standards, at League, Regional and National level to assist clubs and leagues

Emerging Talent Programme Aims

* To provide emerging talent with the opportunity to train within their own area in a more structured and quality environment
* To provide a higher quantity and quality of players for National and International teams
* To improve the quality of players across all levels of the game countrywide
* To identify, develop, monitor and evaluate players in the Under 11-15 age groups
* To enable emerging talent to develop all of their capacities to their potential
* ​To provide emerging talent with a more challenging level of training and development

The Pathway will now be:

League Centres @ Under 11,12,13,14 Regional Emerging Talent Block training @ Under 12 Centres of Excellence @ Under 13/14
32 Schoolboy leagues 10 centres (one group per centre) 10 centres (one group per centre)
Training weekly 8 blocks of 2 days 27 training nights & 7 matches
National Academy @ Under 13 and Under 14
1 National Centre
18 training events per year, per group
Area Venue
Arklow Arklow Town FC
Castlebar Milebush Park
Cork Blarney United FC
Dundalk Oriel Park
Galway Mervue United
Kerry Killarney Celtic FC
Mullingar Mullingar Athletic FC
Letterkenny Ballyare
Limerick University of Limerick
Waterford Waterford IT