Legendary former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is using his leadership position at FIFA to improve grassroots football and the transition to professional football
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Arsène Wenger is a proponent of the largest ever FIFA poll on the future of football.
Wenger, FIFA’s head of global football development, has contacted the Football Association to ask their opinion on how to protect the future of beautiful football. The former Arsenal manager, who championed youth development and young players during his 22-year tenure at the Gunners, is now using his role to improve grassroots football and the transition to professional football.
Wenger, 72, will gather the opinions of all 211 national associations from around the world for opinions on coaching, development and pitch access. The FIFA Amateur Football Program survey will help Wenger produce an in-depth report that will follow and also feed into FIFA’s talent development program to help more players launch a career in football.
Wenger’s high-profile role at FIFA has seen him push for a redesigned global calendar and World Cup every two years, while also conducting extensive research into automated technologies that can be used in refereeing decisions for things like offside.
This latest plan promises to be another high-profile campaign for Wenger and FIFA as world football’s governing body draws on the former Arsenal boss’s expertise and reputation in the game.
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Wenger said: “Amateur football is a crucial fundamental aspect of global football development. A strong amateur soccer system ensures that anyone who wants to play soccer has the opportunity to do so at any level, allowing all aspects of the game to thrive in this country.
“The FIFA Amateur Football Programme, which is closely linked to the FIFA Talent Development Programme, is part of our commitment to developing the base layers of the football pyramid while providing all our member associations with growth opportunities from a global perspective.”