As part of the Kingdom’s transformative Vision 2030, the Ministry of Sport’s talent program possesses three key pillars – Mass Participation, Talent Development and Elite Performance. Its long-term aim is to improve Saudi Arabia’s football performances on the world stage and overall eco-system, through nurturing future talents, enhancing Saudi football’s general level of exposure and commercial value, establishing a strong foundation for youth talent and inspiring future mass participation in football.
The short-term vision of the project is formulating a group of players capable of achieving successful results and performances on the world stage at the upcoming football championships (AFC U-23 Championship, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, FIFA 2022 World Cup). Having won the latest edition of the U19 Asian Cup, the future for the current young players enrolled in the program is already very bright.
All 42 players, between 18-20 years old, have been carefully chosen by the coaching staff in cooperation with the Saudi Football Federation and football clubs in the country.