A new study done at Leeds University following 8 academies attached to professional football clubs found that some young players were getting disillusioned, suffering from stress and exhaustion and burn out, as the idea that they could play at professional level diminished. Only about 1 of 10,000 kids who played football were thought to make it to a professional level.
Many professional youth academies of football will start taking children from the age of 8, but over the next few years many of the children will be dropped from the academy as their performance is not adequate for the club. The clubs were seen as striving for perfection in football rather than supporting a healthy sport environment. Sport needs to have a positive influence on children to improve confidence and therefore help with life skills.