The Chance to be Nike's Most Wanted
Nike Most Wanted – previously known as The Chance – gives unsigned players an opportunity to earn a place in the Nike Academy at St George’s Park, home of the England national team.
At the academy, players experience world-class facilities, elite coaching, and input from nutritionists, psychologists and fitness trainers.
Since 2010, the program has provided elite training opportunities to thousands of talented footballers with a roll call including Rogic (Celtic Football Club), Dylan Burns (Nottingham Forest), Bruno Covas (Santos F.C.), Dominik Boettcher (Hamburg), Abdul Waris (F.C. Spartak Moscow), and David Accam (Helsingborgs IF).
Rogic, 21 – who only missed the final cut for the Socceroos World Cup Squad due to injury – hailed the impact of the unique talent search on his career.
In 2011 the former Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory star won the competition along with eight other footballers from more than 75,000 participants around the world.
"My hunger to win Nike’s Most Wanted was driven by my lifelong dream to become a professional footballer," Rogic said.
"(My experience) was unreal and lived up to every expectation I had. I wouldn’t have had this chance at my dream without it."
And now, through the Nike Football App, even more hopefuls will be able to access the program and realise their dreams.
Players in Australia can use the app to register for an invitation to local tryouts held in Sydney on October 4.
Afterwards, between 40 and 60 players from 30 countries will be selected for the Global Showcase Final, where they will battle for a spot at The Nike Academy.
Players are invited to participate in local trials based on a variety of criteria including technical skill and determination.
Most Wanted Pacific Head Scout and former Socceroo, John Aloisi, said the program is a great step for football in Australia as well as the individual players.
“Most Wanted gives players an opportunity to test their skills against the best unsigned talent in Australia and the world,” Aloisi said.
“It’s fantastic for the game in Australia that the next generation of footballers are learning what it takes to compete on the international level,” he said.