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FAI DEVELOPMENT PLAN
A PLAYER FOCUSED PHILOSOPHY
Over the past numbers of months I have met with many people from the football community around Ireland and have received very positive feedback on the recommendations we have put forward to change the way we develop our young football players.
There is certainly huge appetite for change right across the country.
This briefing document gives detail on the recommendations of the Player Development Plan and when implementation will commence, a full and comprehensive implementation plan will be issued in due course.
A great deal of work has gone into putting these new structures in place which will see improvements at all levels of the game if these recommendations are followed and supported by those people who are working with our young players.
With the formation of the Technical Advisory Group we brought together experienced football people from the various sectors of the game with a view to creating a Player Development Plan with the aspiration of producing better football players in Ireland in the coming years. We set out to develop an overall philosophy that will be a player-focused model.
We compared what was done with the youngest players in other countries including England, Spain,Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands with what we have done here. We also looked at the various different playing formats being used around Ireland at present. To be successful in our objectives we need the whole football community in Ireland to work together to create uniformity in what young players experience when playing our game no matter where they are in the country. We acknowledge of course the good work that has been done by coaches here for many years but we are now seeking to build on those efforts so that every player can benefit, which will improve standards across all levels of the game.This document will help guide coaches, clubs, parents and others involved in the development of our young players to understand how the game will change at the different levels and how our young players will all reap the benefits of our actions. By using the experience our coaches already have and putting a clear plan in place we believe the future can be very bright for Irish football.
Ruud Dokter, High Performance Director, Football Association of Ireland