Pep Guardiola recently launched a unique global football talent search that gives young amateur footballers from around the world a chance to prove themselves on an elite stage and take their game to the highest level.
'The Chance' 2012 allows the best young footballers over 16-years old who aren't currently playing professionally to train and play at leading facilities in world football. They can showcase their skills in front of elite coaches and mentors to get noticed.
Players from 55 countries will participate in 'The Chance' trials in 2012, where 100 players from the trials will then travel to a global final in Spain, which will be held at FC Barcelona's famed youth academy. The academy will provide them with world class facilities, elite coaching, and input from nutritionists, psychologists and fitness conditioners as part of the programme.
Nike will select the best 16 players from the global finals to experience the ultimate training tour as their reward, facing some of the most renowned academy teams in world football, including Manchester United and a U.S. Youth National Team during a once-in-a-lifetime four week tour.
Pep Guardiola, global ambassador for The Chance and FC Barcelona
Manager, said: “The Chance gives young players from around the world
the opportunity to showcase their talent and develop their skills on a
“The programme celebrates those players with passion for the game and
the best technique, giving them the chance to get noticed and reach
To grab the chance to live the life of an elite footballer and get noticed to earn a professional contract, players can register themselves and their teams by building a 'team page' on The Chance app, available on the Nike Football Facebook page. Players can also track programme updates through @NikeFootball on Twitter.
Nike scouts will then select teams to visit, and watch them play. The scouts will also talent spot individuals from local football networks.
Seon Min Moon from Seoul in South Korea, a winner of The Chance in 2010 proves that the programme can change lives. After joining the Nike Academy in the UK last season, (last year’s prize for finalists) his performances against sides including Arsenal FC and Inter Milan caught the eye of Swedish scouts, earning him a two-year contract with Ostersunds FK.
He adds: “The Chance gave me the opportunity to play with and against players from all over the world, helping my game, and getting me noticed by my new club. It’s a dream come true. I hope my story inspires the players in this year’s programme.”
Nike is also simultaneously running a programme that recognizes and celebrates emerging talent within the creative industry. Young photographers and film makers from across the globe are encouraged to join the programme to work with creative mentors from Nike and project ambassador - film director, writer, producer and actor, Spike Lee. Those interested stand a chance to be a part of the team.
Players can register their teams now. For more information on The Chance visit www.nikefootball.com.