Simon Rolfes, Head of Youth Development @ Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Abstract on the ‘Infrastructure Analysis of Top Clubs in Europe’ for UEFA MIP Masters

A talent academy is an important strategic tool in creating a quality player pipeline for the first team as well as a club identity. The report analyses the infrastructure in nine European top clubs and focuses on the three main departments, first team, youth and administration.

It highlights the critical elements in establishing a successful academy.