Schalke Youth System

This is a very interesting read about player development at Schalke’s youth academy. Every kid has a ball on his foot the first 30 minutes of practice and tactical instruction doesn’t even begin in earnest until age 14. A winning mentality is fostered, with skill development, creativity and decision making as core components. They also put a huge emphasis on staffing quality coaches. Their developmental methodology has producing numerous top professional players. Check it out!

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