FA Emerging Talent Centres

The FA is changing the structure of it’s talent pathway for the female game, replacing RTCs with ETCs and Professional Game Academies (PGAs).

These changes will be phased in over the coming year for introduction in 2023/24, when RTCs will cease to exist in their current format.

 ETCs will operate as coaching/development centres for those aged U10 – U16 and will be permitted to no more than 6 fixtures per year, none of which can take place at weekends.

The guidance for ETCs which can be viewed below, also clearly prioritises schools’ football on the second Saturday (page 21). ETCs will be supplemented with PGAs in due course, which will provide competitive football for those aged 14-21 and further details will follow when released.