Known as The Boca Factory, Boca Juniors youth divisions contains teams from under-8 to under-20 level, they participate in Argentina's youth leagues organized by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. In 1996 new ownership took over Boca Juniors and the ownership stated that rather than buy players for huge money only to put too much expectation on them and watch them under-perform, they wanted to create their own stars. Boca hired two very influential figures; one was leading expert of youth in Argentina who at Newell Old Boys created a fantastic scouting network. The second was the king of 'baby football' (indoor 6-a side football for 5-12 year olds). Since then Boca's academy has brought through, and also sold, more than 350 home-grown players from all age categories. From the list of the 350 players, more than 130 of the academy graduates would play around the world, including in Argentina, Spain, Italy, England, and many others in places ranging from Germany and Holland to China and Israel. More than 35 leagues contain players that were raised and developed by the Boca academy system. The players are taught the same formation (4-3-1-2) from early on to the first-team. This makes fitting into the first-team far easier for a young player. Boca's under-20 team are regular participants in the Under-20 Copa Libertadores and other international youth football tournaments.
The scouting system is comprehensive. There is a Boca Juniors scout in every small town and close to every village. Nearly all are ordinary people, such as teachers, butchers or policemen, and the head of the youth system, Jorge Griffa, regularly travel around Argentina when he took over and listened to the watching crowd, hiring the most appropriate as a scout for the area.