DFB director Joti Chatzialexiou once again calls for far-reaching youth reforms

DFB director Joti Chatzialexiou has again spoken out in favor of far-reaching reforms in the training of young talent. If this area “does not change massively, German football will experience a long dry spell after the 2026 World Cup,” said the sports director of the national teams at the DFB in an interview 11 FRIENDS.

Most recently, they “rested a little on past successes and were unable to implement necessary changes with the necessary vehemence”. In a joint working group with the DFL, the DFB has been working on changes in the youth field since 2018 as part of the “Project Future”.

In addition to the abolition of the junior national leagues, there are to be changes in the area of ​​coach training, the selection teams or the funding structure of the regional bases. “We need the players who can assert themselves on the streets. That’s why we have to go back to the urban areas to catch these players,” said Chatzialexiou.

The project revolves around “promoting the players more individually,” explained the 45-year-old: “The discussion with our regional associations will take some time, but I hope that we will be through with everything and the DFB Bundestag in October 2022 Plans can then be adopted. “

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