Germany one of the leading countries of the football world- is in the forefront with the importance given to the sports and the education. Sports and educational institutions’ “cooperative” mentality plays a significant role on the development of sport in Germany –particularly in football.
DFB (German Football Association) have a combined number of more than 26,000 clubs with more than 6,6 million members, making the DFB the single largest sports federation in the world. Germany participated in the World Cup 18 times and won this cup 4 times. In addition to this, Germans have participated in the European Championship 10 times and they have been able to win this cup 3 times. Germany is the only nation that has won both the men’s and women’s World Cup.
Within days of German National Team’s EURO 2000 elimination, Bundesliga clubs and the DFB leapt into action. A task force was set up to lay out a clear plan for the future. As well as pumping millions into the education of players and coaches as part of their Talent Promotion Programme, the DFB made it obligatory for the 18 Bundesliga clubs to operate centrally regulated training academies before being given a license to play in the league. In 2014/15, over a billion Euros had been invested by the 36 professional German clubs in their respective training academies since 2002, with over 100 million being spent each year. The proportion of German players in the country’s top two leagues has increased by ten per cent since 2001, while the average age of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 players has dropped from 27 to 25 years.
It is almost certain that a child included in a football academy, is a professional football player. Because scouting, selection and study programs are planned and programmed for this purpose. Aside from the psychological support and study environment within the academy; A special school education is given for young footballers in academies. In addition, DFB does not grant Pro-License to clubs without a football academy.
The Bundesliga is the youngest league with an average age of 26,00 among the top 5 leagues in Europe. The youngest average in the league is RB Leipzig with a score of 24,5 in this season, 33 footballers -under the age of 19- played in the Bundesliga.
On the other hand, Germany is one of the countries with the highest football passion. In Germany, from Bundesliga to the amateur leagues, all the matches have extremly high attendance. Bundesliga has the highest average stadium capacity in Europe, and an average of approximately 45,000 fans attended German league games currently.
The extensive development of talented young players remains a key factor in the success of German football, both today and in the future. This principle also guides the actions of the professional clubs, which keep a close eye on emerging players. Therefore, for young soccer embassies to join the PreFootball program, Germany will be an important experience, training center.