How Is Analytics Changing Talent Identification At The FA?

Where talent identification was once based on subjectivity, the analytics revolution in sport has made the process anything but. Richard Allen is the Head of Talent ID at the Football Association and uses data analytics to support his work. We sat down with him following his presentation at the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit in London this April. 

The FA
Head of Talent Identification
Richard Allen is responsible for leading The FA’s Talent ID department, overseeing the recruitment process across all of the men and women’s national sides and helping to develop and deliver the Association’s Talent ID Education Programme. He joined The FA in November 2014 as Talent ID Manager before moving up to take his current position as Head of Talent ID in February 2015. Prior to joining the organisation Richard spent two years as Head of Academy at QPR and eight years as Head of Academy Recruitment at Tottenham Hotspur.

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