Long term perspective on youth player development focusing on Player Peak Performance (23-32 years of age) and alignment with upcoming Mens FIFA World Cup Tournaments.
Youth player development is often a rudderless journey for parents, relying on others to guide and support their childs football development experience. Sometimes glancing ahead and setting a direction can help navigate the journey.
As an example, for a young player born in 2010, the Men’s FIFA World Cup in 2034, when the player is 24 years of age (in 12 years time), is the next likely tournament that aligns with the peak performance phase. For a young player born in 2014, it is in 2038, that is 16 years away.
A starting point for those involved in youth player development should be to cast an eye towards the future to understand the ultimate goal for aspiring young players. The information below may be a useful resource. Please feel free to download.