UAEFA stresses the importance of nurturing young talent

DUBAI - The youth and juniors football competitions, which are supervised by the Competitions Committee of the FA, are crucial for the future of the sport in the country from all respects, according to the UAEFA.

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2011, 12:59 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:04 AM

“It looks after talent and constitutes an strategic backup to motivate the future successes. And without a rich and solid base of talent, there’s no way to achieve our goals or realise the ambitions of our fans,” a statement by the UAEFA said.

Taking this very fact into consideration, the FA is following up carefully the said competitions in collaboration with the clubs in order to develop the same to keep pace with the variables witnessed by football worldwide. “We have been following up recently the estimations of the National Census Centre of the UAE Population at 8,264,070.000 including 947.997 local citizens, and 478.109 males against 468.888 females. We found it extremely vital to examine this figure to preserve our sports talent and urge our society to support and encourage talented children to practice sports for the best interest of the communal health and set up national teams capable of competing against other countries with huge population,” the statement said.

“If we took a look into the football environment in the Asian continent out of which we are part, we will find that the numbers of registered players in most of the countries which compete against us in the continental and international football tournaments exceed the numbers of local citizens in our country by far,” the FA said.

The numbers of registered professional local and foreign players for the 2010-11 season amounted to 5874 players. “It is a small number when compared to the existing figures in most of the Asian countries. Therefore, we are of the opinion that football talent is a national wealth, which should be looked after from all respects, including the educational, technical, and health aspects. Full support should be provided in order to reach the highest levels of preparations and readiness to defend the national colours in various competitions,” the statement said.

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