Nike were responsible for quite a nice little initiative dubbed “The Chance”.
Out 150,000 applications worldwide, 100 were called out (after being scouted).
The 100 were put through coaching programs at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, and the top 16 out of these 100 were chosen stage by stage (52, 26, then finally 16).
Great initiative by Nike to scout out the best players in the beautiful game.
Nike: The Chance