In the latest of a series of compilation interviews recorded at the FIFA Blue Stars Tournament 2022, the FIFA Training Centre asked a panel including seven coaches and Switzerland’s most-capped female player about the specific characteristics that set the very best youngsters apart from their peers. Yet again, the experts came up with a broad range of responses that reflected both complex challenge of identifying and maximising potential in young players and differences in approach between clubs. However, they all agreed that aspiring professionals need a rare blend of natural talent, passion for the game and sheer determination if they are to reach the summit of world football.
Since this piece was filmed, Heinz Moser has left FC Zürich to join FC Augsburg, and Marco Otero has joined Olympique de Marseille from Valencia CF. The eight interviewees are thus attached to six different clubs in four European countries, and can each draw on a deep knowledge of the professional game and of youth coaching practices.