Young footballers here with the talent and the ambition to turn professional will have a direct route to one of the world’s most revered football clubs.
Budding players at the AC Milan Academy’s soccer school here will get to train in the Italian city and go through the famed Milan Lab, with the most talented youngsters possibly picked up by the club.
Speaking after yesterday’s official launch at the Tower Club in Republic Plaza I, Milan Soccer School Singapore principal, Joe Keiser, said: “Six of our players, born in 2001 and 2002, will be going to Milan in June for a one-week academy evaluation. They will train two sessions a day and have three sessions at the Milan Lab.
“At the end of the week there will be two matches where the players are evaluated by the Academy’s trainers on their odds of becoming a world-class player.
“That’s the actual point... Milan is using football schools around the world to increase their footprint and develop children to their standards so they don’t have to be scouted.”
Players across different age groups are likely to be assessed at least once a year, he added.
And, even if a player does not make it as a professional, he would have gained in other aspects under the Milan system at San Siro, according to Silvio Broli, the Milan Scuola Calcio’s global manager.