ABSTRACT

The introduction of the English Football Association (FA) Technical Department’s ‘Charter for Quality’ (1997) has placed a firm emphasis on the young player’s development. The central figure within the Charter is the player. The objective is to ensure ‘. . . quality experiences for all young players . . .’ (Football Association Technical Department, 1997: 1). Soccer clubs required increased access to young players to allow them more time to develop. The Charter (implicitly) emphasised the need for a more holistic approach to young player development. The FA Technical Department’s Charter for Quality (1997: 1.3) stated that:

Quite properly the player’s match programme should be developed in the best interests of the player’s educational, technical, academic and social needs, by the parents in conjunction with the player’s school and Football Academy Education and Welfare Officer.