The base for the Rossonero Youth Sector, where the players of the future develop


Every day, as part of their sporting activities, our young players deal with issues that go beyond the pitch. The young players are called on to make decisions as a group and to manage relationships with opponents while also dealing with the ups and downs of victory and defeat. All of this at a time when they are dealing with the demands of student life and everything on the football side. The training ground at Vismara is built to deal with all of this. A mix of different situations and emotions which can be difficult to define, often coming all at once.

It’s a delicate time in the lives of these young players who are not old enough to be considered professionals but neither are they young enough to be considered kids. Because of this, the figure of the Tutor is an important one as each day they play a vital role at the Rossoneri’s Academy. You train and you grow and there is the added excitement that comes from having mentors who were Rossoneri legends, who have great personal knowledge of what is needed in a balanced sporting life.

Tutoring activities emerged from AC Milan’s desire to create a relationship between the players, their families, educational institutions and the Club. Over the years, it has been clear that managing the balance between educational and sporting results is crucial in the personal development of the players. In order to help the youngsters with both their need to spend as much time on the pitch as possible while not neglecting their schoolwork, the Club identified and took on qualified professional figures who can support them in their education. Nowadays, this activity is aimed at those boarding with AC Milan.


The Academy has built a structure for the identification and development of talent. There are different teams ranging from the Primavera to the Pulcini which simultaneously deal with both the needs of the players and the Club. 

Such activity has taken on increased importance due to the UEFA regulations which state that a European squad list must contain at least four home-grown players (article 15.08). A player is considered home-grown at club level (15.09) if “regardless of their nationality, they have been trained by their club or by another club in the same national association for at least three years between the age of 15 and 21.”

In accordance with such European legislation, AC Milan has created an efficient network of scouts. On a daily basis, they follow instructions from the scouting structure and watch matches across different levels in all regions of Italy, with particular attention paid to the Lombardy region, especially in the younger age groups.


Composed of eight doctors and fourteen physiotherapists, the medical structure of the AC Milan Youth Sector deals with all issues related to the physical health of the kids who make up the Rossoneri youth sector. A demanding job faced daily with great responsibility and great attention to the problems related to sports and youth pathologies.

The medical specialities, in fact, range from Sports Medicine to Orthopedics and Traumatology, to Physiotherapy and General Medicine, embracing the Modus Operandi of Milan Lab, through collaboration with athletic trainers to solve postural problems and the dimorphisms of young athletes in growth. In addition to this, great attention is given to food education and above all to the fight against doping and drugs, involving the parents of the same athletes, in agreement with the club’s management. From this point of view, a series of meetings with doctors and psychologists are scheduled each year to tackle these problems with the right approach.

The operational headquarters is located within the Vismara centre and consists of a medical area plus a diagnostic and rehabilitation therapy area. The medical staff are also present during all official and friendly sports competitions, both at home and away, in order to manage even the most complex injuries with professionalism.


In recent years, Milan has put a lot of effort into improving monitoring the health of young Rossoneri talents. The relationship between Milan Lab and the academy has therefore been strengthened in order to apply consistent methods at every level of the Club.

With regard to this, the physiological and aptitude tests developed with the First Team have recently also been applied to the younger players, alongside the existing tests designed especially for the 6-18 age bracket. Every player linked to Milan can therefore benefit from personalised monitoring wherever they are in the world. The system also provides important information about the players’ health and mental state to the Club and the player’s family. The data collected is stored in a comprehensive database which allows for decisions to be made to determine the best possible intervention strategy in as personalised a fashion as possible. In every single season, around 10,000 data points are collected and stored by the laboratory.

In contrast to the usual position of a coach as a member of a single team, the Milan Lab project sees the coaches work in different roles across the age groups to create greater synergy in pursuit of objectives. Therefore, the coaching staff as a whole are seen to be points of reference for all rather than individual coaches for specific teams.

Therefore, there are no coaches with responsibility for a single group, but rather the coaching staff work at the disposal of every side. Coaches rotate between teams and collaborate with physiotherapists to assist the recovery of injured players. Fitness and conditioning work is designed according to the training protocols decided on by the staff in the planning phase.


For years now, the Club has ran, alongside its medical, technical and athletics departments, a psycho-pedagogical programme lead by Dr Michaela Fantoni, a psychotherapist and sports psychologist, and her team of professional experts in sports psychology. Its main objective is to make the youth academy an area of increasing excellence, optimising not only the performances, but also the well-being of the athletes and the entire staff, in an effective, cooperative environment based on collaboration between the various parties involved. The programme is therefore aimed at the young Rossoneri, with the aim of supporting them on their path to sporting and personal maturity, with adult figures, models and mentors along the way.

The project supports young people across all age groups, giving them support in responding to personal, societal and family demands and expectations. Specific courses dedicated to the Basic Activity and the Competitive Sector have therefore been devised.

The mission with young men and women players focuses, on the one hand, on the support and development of their abilities and available resources, making the most of their sports performance, and on the other hand, on supporting them in the management of difficulties that may affect their experience. In this sense, individual and group meetings are held, for example, to foster a 'winning mentality', enhancing a sense of belonging, developing group cohesion, and identifying the specific characteristics of the male and female footballers.

School and sport are two important educational paths in the lives of our children, both of which are fundamental for their development and growth. For this reason, special attention is paid to the progress of our athletes' schooling, supporting the athlete's motivation and focusing on their all-round well-being.

A substantial part of the project is dedicated, on the other hand, to offering opportunities for discussion and reflection dedicated to the adult figures who surround the athletes and play a fundamental role in the educational project. Thus, observation, coaching and training courses have been set up for coaches and managers. These include topics such as: the identity of the instructor and coach, the relationship with children and parents, motivation, effective communication, managing the different competitive moments faced during the sports season, etc.

Constant and continuous contact is made with the medical and physiotherapy departments in the rehabilitation of injured athletes, also monitoring the emotional aspect and, if necessary, direct work is conducted with the athlete, aimed at managing the different emotional dynamics emerging in view of their return to the pitch.

In order to support the growth of these boys and girls, not only as footballers and players, but as people, the psycho-pedagogical department is attentive and active in collaborating with all staff and parents, accompanying and supporting them in their pastoral and educational responsibilities, in the management of specific situations and in accompanying their child during this wonderful experience.

As part of the contract renewal agreement between AC Milan and PUMA, the latter has become the Official Naming Partner of the AC Milan Vismara Training Centre, the home of the club's future talents. The centre has thus been renamed 'PUMA House of Football' and will continue to be the home for the Rossoneri's performance development, with targeted investment in the next generation of young players, while also helping to support the women's sector. This partnership, allows Vismara to increasingly become a venue for brand and community activations, continuing to host important events and initiatives.

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