Burnley will go space age and turn to artificial intelligence in a bid to find footballing stars of the future.
The Clarets have become the first Premier League club to team up with identification platform AiSCOUT to unearth the next generation of talent.
The global search will see the Clarets bid to unearth players above the age of 14 who will be invited to upload their skills on a computer in the hope of earning a trial at the club in 2021.
The app enables hopefuls to try out for the Clarets Academy by undertaking specific football drills carried out in their own location and filmed using a mobile phone – due to current travel restrictions because of Covid-19.
The results will then be compared against other players using AiSCOUT’s artificial intelligence capabilities which allows scouts to assess players’ abilities.
Clarets chairman Alan Pace said: “This is a first opportunity for us to introduce new data-led technologies into the football club and promote Burnley to the wider football world by giving aspirational young players across the world an opportunity.
“With the pandemic currently leading a suspension of youth football in Lancashire and across the UK, this trial represents an open and inclusive opportunity for football players to complete a set of drills in their own environment that could end with them being scouted by a Premier League club.”