Scouted Football Podcast: 72

Understanding the Academy System

Academy football is notoriously ruthless and cut-throat. A minuscule proportion of young footballers make it into the professional game. For every Phil Foden, Mason Mount or Marcus Rashford, there is a trail of disappointment and heartache felt by hundreds of budding, hopeful youngsters.

Joe speaks to author of ‘The Dream Factory – Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football’s Academies’ Ryan Baldi about success stories, academy pitfalls, pros, cons and the growing debate around aftercare following the dreaded release conversation.

Also featuring segments on: Mason Mount’s journey, the making of Marcus Rashford, and what makes a Category One academy.