UEFA has hosted its first Youth Football Forum, an event tailored for technical and academy directors and youth coaches of both clubs and national teams.
The event, held in Brdo, Slovenia, provided a much-needed platform for these often under-the-radar yet essential figures in European football to enhance their expertise and exchange valuable insights.
Five European national associations – Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia – took part in the initiative, designed to foster a culture of continuous information exchange, learning and development within youth football coaching on both club and national team levels.
The forum featured a diverse range of sessions and workshops conducted by renowned experts in the field, including an invaluable insight into the youth development practices of Benfica, Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb. Topics covered included player development methodologies, sports psychology and effective communication techniques. The participants engaged in spirited discussions and hands-on activities that will undoubtedly contribute to the success of their future work.
Among the event’s highlights were the panel discussions, where seasoned technical directors, coaches and former players from various European countries shared their experiences and best practices.