Federation Talent Centre

Your local Federation Talent Centre (FTC) provides a regional hub for talent development. Starting with a scouting process from age 11, players are recruited from age 12 onwards from their junior clubs to attend their local FTC.

FTCs complement existing club and school football programmes by adding focused training hours with specialist coaching for the most talented players, offering a unique set of advantages:

  • A programme to systematically develop the individual player
  • Consistent national curriculum to prepare players to cope with the modern game
  • Competitive and fulfilling environment for the most talented players – “the best with the best”
  • Coaches who are specifically trained and experienced in developing talented youth players
  • Players’ progress continually assessed to ensure the best players remain in the FTC programme
  • Weekly training sessions and an extended programme of development throughout the year
  • Regular performance feedback to players and parents
  • Regular games programme with inter and intra-federation tournaments

FTCs have been modelled on successful talent development programmes around the world, and then adapted for each local federation’s unique needs. The curriculum is consistent across New Zealand and quality standards are uniformly high.


2018 FTC Programme


FTC Update

Capital Football is keen to continue improving the Talent Perform platform in the region and will be hosting a Forum covering this area in October. In 2018 a Regional Youth Development League for 14th grade boys will be introduced. Four regional teams will be entered to play fortnightly games against representative teams from Central Football from mid-August to the beginning of October.

The Regional Youth Development League is being run in 2018 for the 14th grade boys on a pilot basis. A review into the league will determine how this progresses: whether age groups and female participation is added; as well as the format as to how it works.

The immediate implication of running the Regional Youth Development League in 2018 is that we will be offering an additional regional FTC opportunity for the 2004 boys throughout the year.

We will be publishing information regarding the longer-term set-up in the Talent Perform space later in the year but wanted to provide the essential information for FTC in 2018.



Nomination process

There will be no automatic selections of players for 2018. All players seeking inclusion into the FTC programme in 2018 are required to attend at least one of the two FTC trial dates. Ideally players will attend both trial dates but we appreciate this isn’t always possible.

New Players being nominated (any age):

  • All NEW players trialling for FTC need to be nominated by their club;
  • Clubs are asked to nominate only their very best players for this opportunity;
  • Clubs are asked NOT to nominate more than 5 players for any one age group – this is not a target, if you don’t think players are appropriate please don’t nominate them;
  • Clubs will need to complete the appropriate nomination form and return this to talentadmin@capitalfootball.org.nz by 5pm, Friday 22nd September 2017;
  • Capital Football will confirm with the email address provided that the player has been selected to trial.

Players currently in FTC programme:

  • All existing FTC players WILL need to trial again should they wish be part of the programme in 2018;
  • Parents/Guardians will need to confirm with Capital Football that their son/daughter would like to attend the trials (confirming which dates they can attend) by email to talentadmin@capitalfootball.org.nz by 5pm, Friday 22nd September 2017.

Should you have any queries regarding the trial process please contact talentadmin@capitalfootball.org.nz

For more information and trial dates, click here.

To download the nomination form, click here.


Player Welfare Information for FTC Players

  • Do you want to be the best footballer you can be?
  • Do you want to represent New Zealand on the world stage?
  • Does your weekly plan assist you on this path or is it actually putting you at risk of achieving your ambitions?

It is important to reflect on what you are currently doing and consider how the following factors are contributing to your overall development in order to become a top footballer.

Player Welfare Information