Academy 13 July 2022, 16:31

La Diagonale is among France's top academies

La Diagonale is among France's top academies
As they are every year, AS Monaco are among the top 5 of the most successful clubs at developing talent in France, according to the annual rankings of the French Football Federation.

Now, more than ever #MadeInLaDiagonale! As they have for several years now, the AS Monaco academy has been honored for its performance. Again present in the top 5 of the best top flight academies, La Diagonale is in a very good position in the 2022 rankings of the French Football Federation. With an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5, the Principality club finishes behind only OL (4.5), Le Havre, Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain (4).

Criteria for excellence

The Rouge et Blanc Academy thus shares its place at the top of the rankings with two other clubs renowned on the French scene for the quality of their training: Stade Rennais and FC Nantes. This hierarchy, established at the end of each season by the governing body of French football, grades the clubs on several criteria:

  • The number of professional contracts signed by players trained at the club (U16 to U23) and playing in the top two divisions of the ten countries best placed in the UEFA rankings (as well as the National in France)
  • The cumulative playing time in the first team by players trained at the club
  • National caps earned by players trained at the club
  • The diplomas obtained during the schooling of players trained at the club
  • Cumulative playing time in European competition by players trained at the club

Benoît Badiashile in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season

According to the data collected by the FFF and reported on by the National Technical Director, Hubert Fournier, in the report published at the end of last week, AS Monaco had – at the time of publication – 26 graduates with professional contracts. Among them, Benoît Badiashile stands out in the eleven of the most-used players during the 2021-2022 season (1838 minutes of play in Ligue 1). Chrislain Matsima, winner of the Maurice-Revello trophy this summer with the French U20s, and Eliot Matazo, also made several appearances in the various competitions in which the Club played last season.

Five new faces in the first team

While Félix Lemarechal, Maghnes Akliouche and Tiago Ribeiro celebrated their first appearance in the top flight during the year, Yllan Okou and Soungoutou Magassa had the chance to make their first professional appearance in the Coupe de France. In all, nine young players trained at the Club have started the 2022-2023 pre-season with the first team. Playing for France, AS Monaco are also distinguished by the place of Kylian Mbappé in the national team, along with Benoît Badiashile and Képhren Thuram being regulars for France’s U-21s, Les Espoirs. In addition, 14 players trained in the Principality took part in European competition.

Scholarship at the heart of the team’s educational project

But it is also thanks to its academic structure that La Diagonale shines at the highest level of French academies. With 100% of the team’s youngsters passing their Baccalaureate in this summer of 2022, the Academy stands out with its extensive support of its young footballers’ education. It’s a mark of excellence which confirms that the Rouge et Blanc academy  is once more one of the most successful in France, as often! #MadeInLaDiagonale 🇲🇨

The Ligue 1 team of the season for academy-trained players: 

Bajic (Saint-Etienne, U21 – 507 minutes) – Gusto (Lyon, U19 – 1886 minutes), Estève (Montpellier, U20 – 1856 min), Badiashile (AS Monaco, U21 – 1838 min), Lukeba (Lyon, U20 – 2007 min), Merlin (Nantes, U20 – 1928 min) – Chotard (Montpellier, U21 – 2945 min), Gourna-Douath (Saint-Etienne, U19 – 1806 min), Truffert (Rennes, U21 – 1637 min) – Pereira da Costa (Lens, U21 – 1464 min), Wahi (Montpellier, U19 – 1793 min)

To read the FFF’s complete report, download it here

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