In order to continue to optimise the conditions for training and supporting talents in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, in 2019 the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga introduced a new methodology for the analysis, quality assurance and further development of youth academies in cooperation with the German Football Association (DFB).
The objective, among other things, is to coordinate all support measures concerning the academies using a holistic approach. Apart from defined fundamentals, considerations focus more strongly on focal points and objectives in particular that have been set by the clubs themselves. Various areas, such as management, football training and further support of the players in the youth academies are analysed and developed further both individually and in consultation. As a result of this cooperation, an individual concept emerges for each location, and the respective club is responsible for implementing it.
The youth academies can also network with each other more strongly, maintain an intensive exchange concerning key topics and learn from one another. A corresponding exclusive service portal for academies and a reference database of the DFL and DFB serve as aids for generating knowledge, looking up practical examples and expert opinions and carrying out detailed comparisons and in-depth analyses. The DFL is taking on an active role with regard to recognising current trends and further technological developments and will provide encouragement for putting specific new applications into practice as an interface to the clubs.