The Changes in Youth Football Academies
In 1997 Howard Wilkinson introduced the FA’s ‘Charter of Quality’, which completely changed youth football in England.The charter aimed to improve the quality of English football academies, by inducting players into professional club academies, instead of youth club football.However, the Premier League had other plans…In 2011 English youth football had an even more drastic overhaul in the shape of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)
. Changes from the Charter of Quality included:
- A 4 tier Category System (1 being the highest)
- Changes to the scouting area restrictions allowing Category 1 clubs to recruit throughout the country
- A compensation structure to ensure smaller clubs receive relative compensation for youth players who leave for a bigger club
In the past, youth academies had a strict catchment area in which they could recruit their players. However, due to the Premier Leagues Elite Player Performance Plan, this is no longer the case for the top academies.