Role of Scouts in Football Academies

Football scouts are the football version of the unsung heroes. Nobody ever knows their names; nobody even knows how they look like. Some players finish their careers without ever knowing any detail of who it was that kick-started their careers by recommending them, but they are there, pulling the invisible strings from behind the scenes. They are the breath that brings life to football, without them we wouldn’t ever get to know about some players who are currently lighting up the world of football. Some of the roles that they play include:

Identifying Talent

Their biggest role is identifying talent and this is a long process that involves a lot of traveling and sitting through matches in places that some wouldn’t even know exist. This involves sitting through matches of 4-year-olds since they are also responsible for getting players for their youth academies. Much of their expenses are taken care of by the club but when it comes to doing the legwork, they are the ones that get the job done.

Advisory roles

Owing to their vast experience in identifying talent, they are able to judge a player within the first 5 minutes of them being on the pitch. This comes in very handy when it comes to making the decision to purchase a player. They can tell in a single look whether a player has what it takes to make it to the top-flight football or not. This kind of judgement call helps the club save a lot of time and money that they would have otherwise wasted on a useless buy.

Temporary Agents

After identifying a player, it usually falls on the scouts to act as intermediaries between the guardians of the player and the club wishing to acquire his services. Agents later take up this role once the players go pro.