LaLiga Tryouts, the talent detection and development program launched in 2022 by LaLiga Grassroots, landed for the first time in Mexico this May.
LaLiga Tryouts, the talent detection and development program launched in 2022 by LaLiga Grassroots, landed for the first time in Mexico this May. It is a pioneering process of scouting for young talents from a European league in Mexico, and it arrives in the country thanks to the work that the Spanish competition has done in developing the market and the collaboration agreements it has with local entities.
27 soccer players were selected from more than 500 participants between the ages of 12 and 17 after an exhaustive scouting process, carried out by scouts and technicians from LaLiga Grassroots, which began on May 14 and 15 in Guadalajara, and continued in Monterrey on May 21 and May 22 and ended in Mexico City on May 29. The three events, organized by the hand of Elevate Football, concentrated the arrival of players from all over the country, from states such as Sonora, Baja California, Veracruz, Durango, Puebla, Tamaulipas, or Zacatecas.
The tests open up the opportunity for the participants to develop part of their training at LaLiga Academy, the long-term academic-sports excellence programs that will host the new ESC LaLiga & NBA Madrid Center, the reference center for grassroots football at the service of LaLiga clubs that will open its doors in the summer of 2022 and will also host these new programs of LaLiga Grassroots for international players in the capital. For the first time, two leading institutions in the sports industry will coexist at the Center, such as LaLiga and the NBA. The winner, selected from among the 27 finalists, will have their training in Spain covered by a scholarship from the organization during the 2022-23 academic year.
“The reception in Mexico has been spectacular, and the level of the players is very high. We are betting on early detection activities and the development of international talent, since grassroots football is an area where LaLiga and its clubs’ academies are a worldwide reference. The accumulated experience and the level of the coaches offers an opportunity to support in this sense the development of grassroots football and its best players in countries where there is a lot of football talent, as is the case in Mexico”, he states. Francisco Javier Hernández, Head of Business and International Development at LaLiga Grassroots.
“Sports projects are part of our development strategy in the Mexican market, with LaLiga Tryouts we want to help develop talent and provide opportunities for Mexicans to have a comprehensive experience. The success of this edition confirms that the soccer level that exists in Mexico has enormous potential that we can help develop”, affirms Alejandro de Gabriel, delegate of LaLiga in Mexico.
A comprehensive selection process
During the tests, an exhaustive scouting process was carried out by LaLiga coaches and scouts, professionals with the highest qualification: UEFA Pro license and with experience both in Spain and internationally. The players had to pass several tests for their individual evaluation, after which the scouts prepared a detailed report with the data collected.
After the three individual tests, the performance of each of the players was examined in matches organized between different teams of participants, advised by the LaLiga coaches. The technicians analyzed each player in real game situations based on the four performance areas of the LaLiga methodology: tactical-cognitive, technical-coordinative, physical-conditional and psychological-socio-affective analysis. These are areas of direct influence on the comprehensive development of the player that bring together more than 100 training concepts.