The Football Innovation Summit constantly aims to update football professionals about the progress and opportunities being made in talent development programs across the globe.We have already highlighted the partnership between the MLS and French Football Federation in regard to coaching young players in North America, in our interviews with MLS Technical Director of Youth Development Fred Lipka.
Wales FA Head of Performance Tony Strudwick recently spent some time in Abu Dhabi advising them on how to structure their academies and is due to speak at this year's Football Innovation Summit on April 1-2 about his holistic approach to youth development. So with less than a month to go before our big London event it is interesting to note that youth player development in India is getting the Premier League treatment this week.The Premier League Football Development Week kicked off in Mumbai on Sunday.
Representatives from the Premier League, Arsenal and Leicester City are leading workshops, club-to-club training, referee development and forums for ISL clubs, AIFF coaches and executives.The highlight of the event is the PL-ISL Youth Games Tournament which will see 40 youth players from Arsenal and Leicester City play in friendly games against Mumbai City FC and Reliance Foundation Young Champs academy teams.
Arsenal Director of High Performance Darren Burgess is set to speak about talent identification at next month's Football Innovation Summit in London and it would be great to hear any feedback he may have received from his club colleagues regarding the progress being made in India with their player development programs.