How to Become a Football Agent in 4 steps

1 – Developing Your Skills

Understand the sport. First and foremost, you need to know the regulations of football on a local and international level. Read through the current regulations for your association in regards to player stats, other agents, and the latest news. Speak with officials you already know and spend a lot of time learning the inner-workings of the game

Learn the basics of civil and contract law. Agents have to know how to write and negotiate a contract as well as understand their client’s personal rights so they can properly represent them. Consider taking courses online or at a university so you know all of the laws you need to follow when you’re an agent.

Study business management. Start working on how to understand and manage financial data and how to make decisions based on budgets. Management requires critical thinking and problem solving, so work on these skills to get better at working as an agent.

Get a degree in sports management for a formal education. Although it’s not required to have a degree to become a football agent, it will help you understand the ins and outs of the field you’re going into. Look into universities or postgraduate opportunities that offer these courses


2- Getting Licensed

Send an application to your national football association. Look for the application online for the association based on your nationality and fill it out completely. The application asks for standard background information, so be sure to fill it out fully and honestly. Send the application along with the required application fee to be taken into consideration

Take the written exam in March or September. If your application meets the criteria to be an agent, the association will invite you to take their required exam. The written examination consists of 20 multiple-choice questions that ask about football regulations on transfers as well as civil and contract laws. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.

Get professional liability insurance. Once you pass the examination, the last thing you need is insurance with a reputable company. This helps to cover any risks associated with your activity or termination. Reach out to your current insurance provider to see if it can be added to your existing policy. If not, reach out to national insurance providers and ask for a quote.The average yearly cost of professional liability insurance is about $767 USD


3- Making Contacts within the Sport

Check if any agencies offer internships. Speak to the heads of your local sports agency or reach out with an inquiry email. Ask if they have any voluntary positions or available internships so you can get experience in the field. Once you’ve gotten established, you can work on your own as a freelance agent for players.

Meet with former coaches or players to get recommendations for clients. If you played football previously, keep in contact with your old colleagues and coaches. They may still know others in the business and help you network. Ask them if they notice any players that stand out or any that they’re interested in.

Talk with the club officials to stay connected. The officials can help point you towards new talent that you may not have considered before. They may also need your services if they are looking to buy a player out of their contract. Be sure to reach out to them often to see if they know players that need representation


4-Representing Players

Scout minor league games and matches to find up and coming players. Attend a lot of games so you get a feeling for how consistent certain players are. Watch their movements and how they behave on and off the field. When you find someone that you’re interested in, you can speak to them about representing them as an agent.

Local players who haven’t joined large football clubs will be the easiest to find since many players higher up will already have representation.

Agree on the details of a contract with a player you want to represent. The contract should include details about who is involved, how long the terms are, what services you’re including for your client, how to terminate the contract, and the percentage you’ll take as a salary. Make sure the player is fully aware of everything in the contract you’ve drawn up before they sign and answer any questions they may have.

  • The maximum amount of time the contract is valid is 2 years.
  • Use an exclusive contract so you’re the only agent that can represent them.
  • If the player you’re signing is a minor, their legal guardians also need to sign the contract.
  • The standard pay cut for a football agent is around 10% of the profits the player makes, but it can vary to fit your needs.

Be supportive of your clients through personal difficulties. If the player you’re representing is going through a tough time, do what you can to help them through it so they can focus on the game. Handle any grievances they may have against the football club they’re a part of.

Negotiate contracts for your client. Have a clear understanding of your client’s interests so you know what needs to be in the contract. Take salary, location, the length of the contract, and any injury compensation into consideration. Try to work together with who you’re negotiating with in order to get the best deal for your player.

 

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16 thoughts on “How to Become a Football Agent in 4 steps

  1. Thank you for the article. A lot of relevant information here!
    I will share this to a friend I know is looking to get into this.
    Have a great day!

  2. Hi,

    Great post man! 

    I know all about Football but I went to school for IT and know nothing about Business Management but I’m really passionate about the sport and want a career change. I’m in my 30’s and have 0 experience. I guess my question to you would be this: do you think it’s too late for me to be a player agent?

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,

    Miguel

    1. Hi Miguel , Thanks for the great question. actually i don’t think it’s too late at all, Let’s say you started to looking into being a player agent by next year would took you Max. two years to finish the study you want and get the license. so if you really feel interested in doing that i think it’s a perfect timing.

  3. Hello and thank you for post. It was a really nice read. Well written, clear and easy to follow. I myself always dreamed of becoming a football agent because of couple of reasons. 

    First, I am a huge football fan. Second, good football agents earn a lot of money and can become agent of famous players. Now, where I am from licencing from football coach is not that easy. I mean licence can be obtained but it is not considered as valuable and trustworthy as would be in some western countries.

    Representing players is another great thing about this job as you mentioned. But this also takes communication and HR skills. Not everyone is good at representing others to the public.

    I will continue checking your blog. Like the stuff you got here.

    Thank you.

    Strahinja

  4. What an interesting and informative article! I would think having a love of the sport would be a grea asset. I believe this is something my husband would have been good at. He is an avid fan and he can call the plays usually before the announcers get it out. He is very quick that way. 

    Although tennis and hockey are his first loves, he quickly grasps the concepts of any sport and has a great understanding of them all. He also has some coaching background.

    Your step by step instructions should really help someone who is contemplating this as a career. I think it would take a lot of hard work but could maybe mean some good money down the road.

    1. Hi Mary , I believe those steps could work in any sports not only football/soccer and you are right it would take some work and patience to be achieved but it would worth it for sure , specially coming from coaching background would make it easier for him to understand the players mentality 

  5. This is great information on becoming a football agent and all those four steps make a lot of sense to me. I’m not a fun of football but my brother is and recently he told me that he would like to start a football agency and so I think this article would actually be resourceful enough.

    Apart from those four steps, are there any more skills needed to become an agent?

    1. Wish your brother best of luck , and most important this is making a good network as that’s mainly the point how you could find good players to represent

  6. Hey man! This post is just out of this world. The most important aspect to consider out of the fours you mentioned is definitely getting licensed. I mean if your not certified enough, people won’t come to you and you can forget about your football dreams then and there. Licensing is the most important factor that one must take into consideration. I’ll share this post with my friend. Keep up the good work. 

    1. Thank you AV , hope the article would be useful for your friend . as you said you must be licensed to work as agent as that would be the first step to build trust and credibility

       

  7. I was very interested to read what is involved in becoming a football agent because my son has began showing a interest in studying sport coaching at college as an option, so knowing what its all about has been useful for me to help him out here. I shall share this article with him because its real informative and will give him a good idea in this field.

  8. Wow finally, a real article explaining how it’s done! I used to play football a lot for my school and college, even represented them in top tier matches but after my leg injury, I was completely broken and I didn’t want anything to do with football. But slowly I’m building up the energy to get back in the Football world and I’m thinking of becoming an agent as I can still be within the football world. How much does the license usually cost roughly though?

    1. Thanks Riaz , sorry to hear about your leg injury that stopped you from playing and to start your career as an intermediary you just need to register at your national football association (FA).

      To register you need to sign an Intermediary Declaration which states that you will work within rules of your FA and pay a registration fee. The registration fee is different in every country. In England, for example, it costs £500. Keep in mind that you will need to renew your registration every (calendar) year.

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