The chance to play for a top club presents a route out of poverty for some young boys – but less than 1% will ever make it to the professional ranks.
On this edition of the Sky News Daily podcast, Dermot Murnaghan is joined by our sport correspondent Martha Kelner, and former footballer Max Noble - who signed for Fulham when he was 15.
Daily podcast team:
Podcast producer - Annie Joyce
Podcast producer - Nicola Eyers
Podcast producer – Lauren Pinkney
Interviews producer - Tatiana Alderson
Archive - Simon Windsor
Archive - Rob Fellowes
Archive – Nelly Stefanova
Music - Steven Wheeler