When the analysis of this year’s Certification process of the Tipselit programme is complete, it is a fact that 757 still active elite players got their player education within Tipselit. 586 of these played in Allsvenskan or Superettan in 2018, which constitutes around 75% of all players in the leagues.
”This is an incredibly nice figure that shows how good Swedish player education is at the moment and at the same time how important Tipselit is”, says Svante Samuelsson, Sport Manager at Swedish Professional Football Leagues.
If you count on the total number of players who received their education through Tipselit, the figure is 1271 players who all played in Allsvenskan, Superettan, Division 1 or on elite level abroad in 2018. 285 of them played in Allsvenskan last year while 301 players played in Superettan. 171 former Tipselit players played in a elite league outside Sweden.
”The clubs are doing a solid work with their player education and that is what you can see in this report”, says Svante Samuelsson.
Of all the 1271 players included in the report, 77 have played international qualification games for their country and 75 have done international friendlies. 33 of these in a different national team than the Swedish one.
Eleven players have played in the Champions League group stage, including six for a Swedish club team, and twelve players have played in the Europa Leauge group stage for a Swedish team.
”Swedish football thanks Svenska Spel who have been able to make this investment in our academics for a number of years by now. Through this report that is now being done, we see the exact number of elite players who have received their football education through Tipselit, but we must also not forget all promising players who are currently undergoing their education and have not yet made their debut in the elite. Just check out the Swedish U17 national team that last week qualified for the U17-Euro in Ireland in May, with the majority of Tipselit players in the team”, says Thomas Lyth, responsible for the Certification of the Tipselit clubs.
The clubs in the Tipselit network receives money from Svenska Spel. A total of SEK 12 million, which is distributed amongst the clubs according to the number of stars in the Certification. The money is for the clubs to be used to hire full-time coaches for their U17 and U19 teams and by that offer the players a better education. The clubs receive points in the Certification for the number of elite players who have been in the club’s academy for at least one season between the ages of 12-19 years. The more seasons the higher the score.
”For young promising coaches, it is crucial to be able to invest fully in the coaching profession early and be able to live on it early. Many of the Allsvenskan coaches of today have their background in Tipselit. We must not forget that”, says Thomas Lyth.
The average number of players for each one of the 62 clubs in Tipselit is 20.5. 262 players have been their academy faithful for eight years but only 25 have reached a maximum of 144 points. The average for how long a player stays in their academy is 4.9 years, and the average points is 30.6. Examples of players who are around the average are August Erlingmark in IFK Gothenburg, Rami Kaib in IF Elfsborg and Tommy Naurin in Örgryte IS.
Malmö FF has received points for most players (76). Helsingborgs IF has received points for most new players during the season (30th) and Skövde AIK is the club that has educated the most players (16st) who still played in the club in 2018.
All results from the 2018 Certification of the 62 Tipelite clubs are available in a 160-page thick report from Svensk Elitfotboll.
Certification exists to:
– quality assure the clubs’ work with player training between the ages of 8 and 19
– identify the clubs’ own development areas
– support and engage in dialogue with the clubs’ own development work
– create a stimulating manual for the participating associations
– create clarity towards the board, sponsors, players, parents, other clubs, municipality etc.
– make it easier for the association to identify its role within Swedish football
– emphasize player training and leadership training as the most important factors
– Raise the quality of player training in an international perspective
– The certification must be a living document and constantly challenge and evaluate. Changes to the certification model must first be analyzed and decided in the academic management group
Tipselit is a collaborative project between Föreningen Svensk Elitfotboll (Swedish Professional Football Leagues) and Svenska Spel, the main sponsor of Swedish football, with the goal of developing Swedish elite football players and Swedish football in total. This is done through purposeful investment in young talent. Every year, Svenska Spel contributes SEK 12 million to Swedish youth football, money that Swedish Professional Football Leagues distributes to the 62 participating clubs according to a certification system.
The clubs gets the opportunity to strengthen their player education by hiring qualified coaches. The idea is that the talents will receive an elite-oriented football education from a primarily full-time hired coach. The purpose is to secure the future of Swedish football.