Youth Development

Elite Youth Football continues to show growth in Asia


Monday, November 11, 2019
AFC 8th Youth Panel Meeting

Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Youth Panel continues to develop and promote Elite Youth Football in Asia following their eighth meeting at the AFC House in the Malaysian capital on Monday. 


The AFC Elite Youth Team Scheme is a key step in talent development that will help MAs to further develop their youth programmes.

To enhance the standards of elite player development, AFC’s Youth Scheme has highlighted a number of criteria that are necessary for the education of talented players – many of whom will become future international players.

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The 13-member panel led by AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh deliberated on a range of key topics focusing on developing young players in Asia.

Among the important issues highlighted included an update on the AFC Elite Youth Scheme and how it can be improved and promoted to the MAs.

“The AFC’s Elite Youth Scheme can be used as a promotional tool to further create awareness and encourage the MAs on the importance of nurturing young football talents,” says Roxburgh.

According to the AFC Youth Panel, Japan FA, Qatar FA and Korea Republic FA are among an elite group that are setting the benchmark in talent development in Asia.

Also at the meeting, Qatar FA (Asian champions 2019) was awarded full membership of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme and its Aspire Academy was endorsed at the highest, three-star level.