The Global Football School uses the curriculum of the Global Football Training, which was a three-year Danish project studying talent development programs at leading clubs and academies across the globe.

The purpose of the Global Football Training project, was to collect and analyse data to map football development on a global scale.


After nearly 3 years on the road, the survey is now complete, and the GFT Curriculum is already affecting players at Global Football School in Charleston, SC USA.

The key word, and foundation of the curriculum is Game Intelligence.


The survey covered a number of focus points including


  • Player development environment

  • Training techniques

  • Player’s social environment

  • Player physiques

  • Nutrition


On top of this I looked at Training methods, Physiology, Social backgrounds, Scouting and
Club organizational structures.

All factors that influence the individual player and his/her development.

The survey’s focus points was selected so as to be as quantifiable as possible and allow for accurate comparison.


Questions like :


  • What variations are there in the way clubs in different parts of the world train and how often do they train?

  • What factors are most important in individual training and the player's football education?

  • What factors improve a country's relative standing in the area of talent development, and why other countries lag behind, both in terms of results and in terms of the number of players they successfully develop?

  • Why don't more talents emerge from the world's population centers and what prevents talent development in these areas?

  • Why are some clubs very successful in developing talents whilst others never succeed in developing young players of a high standard?

  • What factors should scouts be looking for when assessing players?

  • How many players should be scouted and at what age is it best to start?

  • Do individual clubs have a training innovation policy and if so how does it work in practice?


Surveys and data collection took place in 26 countries in


  • Europe

  • Africa

  • Asia

  • Australia

  • South America

  • North America


In other words GLOBALLY.

Survey visits to the +100 individual club/academy typically lasted for 1-4 days, some even longer.

GFT World Tour

Flight Map - GFT

Global Football Training - Articles

Below, are articles written by Kenneth Steel on the studies and research done by Global Football Training.

These articles are identifying the positive and negative relationship between country/continent and football development:









If you want to have an inside look at where I went, and what I did, please read this great article written by the Cleatbeat Magazine.