Citius, altius, fortius.... electus?! A critical discussion on talent selection

Activity: Talk and presentationAcademic presentationAcademic


In this symposium, we will reflect upon current procedures regarding talent selection
in youth soccer players and the research methods that are being applied. First, a
general overview on natural development in youth players through adolescence is
provided. Thereafter, dr. Barbara Huijgen will give insight in how talent selection is
organized nowadays in western society and its related consequences. This overview
of decisions made in practice by stakeholders (i.e., club management, scouts,
trainers, coaches) will be put in the perspective of youth players’ natural
development. To end, prof. dr. Matthieu Lenoir will present a study on talented
soccer players who are monitored over a prolonged period of time with a focus on
their soccer learning ability. This approach may open new venues for both science
and practice when it comes to talent selection.
Event titleWorld Congress on Science and Football
Event typeConference
LocationGroningen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • talent development
  • talent selection
  • Soccer