Youth Development Issues Plague Philippines Football 


Three issues loom large: access to club membership, inconsistency in training, and multiple club memberships.

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There’s enormous growth potential in Philippines’ soccer. Kids all over the country are embracing the game.

But impediments are affecting the progress of youth development–access to club membership, inconsistency in training, and multiple club memberships.

-Due to the high cost of training, only players from affluent families can afford to train three times a week (the normal routine).

-Inconsistency is due to a conflict with school hours. Football training during the school week football begins at 4p and some schools close at 4:30 or 5p.

-Finally, it’s not unusual for players to belong to three or four clubs simultaneously. That means players get different advice from different coaches.

Those three factors contribute to a major problem: coaches aren’t able to adequately evaluate players’ development and monitor their development.

Moving from club to club is a problem, not a solution.

To solve the problem, football authorities should adopt this rule: players can only belong to one PFF-registered club per year.

That simple rule will enhance player development.


About Lerche Njang

My name is Lerche Njang. I’m a coach and scout who specializes in soccer. I’m originally from Nigeria, but now live in the Philippines. I own L & M Football Academy in Nigeria and work as the U14 head coach with FC Metro Manila. I played with the San Francisco Seals, the Kunming International FC in China, and Thunderbolt FC in Nigeria. I have an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘C’ coaching license and hold a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. I also earned a certificate in Soccer Operations and Management from Sports Management World Wide Birmingham, UK.

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