Player Development

The Welsh Football Trust is responsible for the identification and development of young players in order to support the success of future Welsh national teams.

Our central objectives are to work with the key partners to improve the Player Pathway to ensure talented players fulfill their potential and to prepare the elite youngsters for international training.

Our partners – the Welsh Schools Football Association (WSFA), Welsh Premier League academies and the three Welsh professional clubs - make up the National Player Development Forum and representatives from each discuss and plan player requirements at regional and national level. The forum publishes an annual Player Development Calendar.pdf.

Player development policy is developed through the Welsh Football Trust's Technical Committee, which passes on recommendations to the FAW for consideration.

Regional development squads have been established in North and South Wales for boys and girls aged 13 and 14. Players are nominated for these squads from WSFA county squads, Welsh Premier League academies and professional clubs in England and Wales.

Links have been forged with the FAW intermediate national squads (men and women) to ensure there is a seamless transition from under 16 level through to the National 'A' squad. Joe Ledley, Lewin Nyatanga and Aaron Ramsey are products of the system.

The Welsh Football Trust is keen to know about Welsh qualified boys and girls attending Centres of Excellence and academies outside Wales. Parents and guardians should first check the criteria for eligibility before contacting us.

Eligibility to play for Wales

A player must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have been born in Wales;
  • Have a parent who was born in Wales;
  • Have a grandparent who was born in Wales

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