COULD YOU FIND THE NEXT SUPERSTAR FOOTBALLER?
(Manchester City, 2017)
WHAT IS IT?
An Academy Scout is responsible for watching football matches to identify talented players for the club’s academy. They liaise with the Head of Academy Recruitment to understand the kind of player that the academy is looking for. After watching a match, they write detailed reports on the players that they have observed and share these with the Head of Academy Recruitment, who then decides whether to pursue any of their recommendations.
DID YOU KNOW?
The increasing use of data and statistics in football is changing the way that scouts work. Clubs may now identify players with the use of computer software and send scouts for a second opinion.
RECOMMENDED EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
Scouts are often recruited on the basis of their connections and networking ability. The FA’s Talent Identification qualifications help develop the knowledge required to be a scout. Completion of these courses will enhance any application. It is also beneficial to hold coaching badges, as these will prove an understanding of the sport.
Previous work at a football club, along with an understanding of how the academy system operates, is advantageous. Knowing about the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) and the rules and regulations of how clubs can sign young players will also help. Being able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of football – be it from a playing or coaching background – will set any applicant apart from the rest.
RECOMMENDED SKILLS & QUALITIES
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