Are you Nike's Most Wanted?
Plucking young players from obscurity – such as Dejan Pandurevic (central Coast Mariners), Adam Edgar (Newcastle Jets) and of course Tomi Rogic (Celtic) – the program aims to put them on the path towards their first professional contract.
This season, Socceroo legends Craig Moore and Brett Emerton have been deployed as Pacific Head Scouts to assess and mentor hopefuls to see who has what it takes to compete at an international level.
Once again the program – previously known as The Chance – will give amateur, unsigned footballers from around the world an opportunity to earn a place in The Nike Academy at St. George’s Park, the home of the England national team, and showcase their skills in front of elite coaches and mentors from the top of the sport.
Since 2010 the quest for the world's most talented football teens has provided exclusive training opportunities to thousands of footballers and more than 20 alumni — including Dylan Burns (Nottingham Forest).
"My experience with (Nike’s Most Wanted) exceeded my expectations by far," said the Kiwi prodigy.
"To get the opportunity to play in front of scouts and coaches at the highest level and to come out of The Nike Academy with a professional contract is really a dream come true."
Other alumni include Bruno Covas (Santos F.C.), Dominik Boettcher (Hamburg), Abdul Waris (F.C. Spartak Moscow), and David “Titi” Accam (Helsingborgs IF).
Pandurevic, signed with the Mariners this year – treading the same path as Socceroo Rogic.
Meanwhile Newcastle product and stand-out striker, Edgar, was one of just eight players from around the world handpicked by Nike after a three-day global showcase.
Right now, Nike Most Wanted offers even more players the opportunity to realise their dreams with increased access to the program through the Nike Football App.
Players can use the Nike Football app to register for an invitation to local tryouts held in Melbourne on March 14, 2015.
But time is running out. Registrations close on February 18.
After these tryouts, 40-60 players from 30 countries will be selected for the Nike Most Wanted Global Showcase final, where they will battle to earn a spot at The Nike Academy.
Players are selected to participate in local trials based upon a variety of criteria including technical skills and determination. At these local trials, coaches and professional footballers will evaluate the participating talent based on speed, technique, pitch intelligence and conditioning.
And it’s a chance to make the pitch in front of celebrated Socceroos Moore and Emerton.
At The Nike Academy, players experience world-class facilities, elite coaching, and input from nutritionists, psychologists and fitness trainers.
Players over the age of 16 can sign-up for Nike Most Wanted by downloading the Nike Football App now at the iTunes Store or through Google Play.
PHOTOS: Rising star Adam Edgar and last year's Pacific Head Scouts Socceroo greats John Aloisi and Brett Emerton.