How Football Scouts Build Their Careers

Posted on October 12, 2021 at 12:55 pm

Some people think football scouts have one of the most exciting jobs around. In many ways they do, getting to pursue something that they love on a daily basis. What people do not always see is the hard work and commitment that goes into becoming a successful, well known football scout who gets hired for the jobs that they want to do. Crafting a reputation for yourself in this industry and making a name for yourself is often all about finding your niche and discovering the part of football scouting that you want to do.

In order to get your career off the ground, having an excellent knowledge of football on a tactical level is an essential prerequisite. This is what scouts are fundamentally employed to do: to find the right people for teams that will fit in and get the job done so they can score more goals and win more matches. There are also other types of scouting that focus even more on tactics and some scouts will purely look at how teams play and provide reports into this. Therefore an excellent level of understanding is a very good place to start.

From there, it is time to begin thinking about how you will work and who you will be working for. Some scouts work on a freelance basis, while others are employed by football clubs. Your choice will probably depend on lots of different factors, from the amount you will charge to the flexibility you want in your employment, vs how much security you want. It can be a tough industry to find security in, as many jobs will come and go, and many will involve travelling and working unsociable hours. The football scouts who make it in the long term will be those who are willing to put in the work at the beginning.

Think about what aspects of football you are most interested in as well. If you are interested in the tactics, you may be a scout who wants to observe teams and give feedback on tactics. If you are someone who thrives on the game itself and would relish the opportunity to find the best players, you may be interested in working with a club to onboard new players. If you like building relationships, you may also want to represent a player and help negotiate contracts and positions for them. You also need to be clear on where and when you want to work. Some scouts are international while others are based in one location – think about how much you want to travel and if you want this to be part of your future career. Whether you work for yourself, a scouting agency, a club, or in another capacity, many football scouts use directories and advertising sites to find their jobs. As a new scout this is a good way to look for junior positions and to get your name out there, so that potential employers can see what you can do and what experience you have.

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