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About Football Club / Academy Player Recruitment

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Football Academy Recruitment teams that work full time for the club and are employed to develop all scouting and recruitment related activities and information, as well as find incredible talent before anyone else. By ensuring that the football club runs productively and doesn’t miss opportunities for new talent, the academy recruiters have a direct impact on increased performance at the football club.


However, not only do club and academy recruiters work very unsociable hours (such as public holidays, when football matches are scheduled etc) they face a challenging time barrier, since the number of applicants that apply each season is immense, and filtering and finding talent can be difficult if a talented player just doesn’t know how to get themselves noticed at recruiter level. Even the top flight of academies such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are forever trying to keep on top of talent, especially since each players talent evolves each season depending on their commitment, development and performance.

Therefore is is imperative that every young player is clued up on how to present their football CV, what kind of videos to shoot and which stats to showcase. The first step in this is learning what is important to the recruiter…



3 Areas of Assessment for Football Club / Academy Recruiters

Football club and academy recruiters must manage and support the synergy of 3 main scouting activities. These are:

Each football club and academy has a head of scouting that works in unison with each of the key scouting areas (live assessment, video evaluation and analytics). Each of these areas will have specialist staff, so to get scouted you need to build on each of these 3 areas and then showcase it to the recruiter. With the level of competition so high, raw talent will not be enough. You need to fit into the day to day language and information used by the main recruiters at the club or academy.

Football Academy Recruitment Team Responsibilities

Each recruiter will cherry pick their way through a mass of information looking for stats, player styles or information already familiar to their processes, so it’s important to understand that the main responsibilities of a club / academy recruiter are:

  • Presenting all potential players in a set format so that they are internally easy to compare and rank
  • Collating all potential player information to create a thorough and complete profile of potential candidates using live assessment, video evaluation and analytics
  • Filtering of player information in order to best-align resources and to make sure key target players are prioritised and monitored effectively
  • Assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of players via both video and live assessment, both in the UK and abroad




Characteristics of a Football Club / Academy Recruiter

It’s good to know who you need to win over, and you can take it as guaranteed that a football club or academy recruiter is an expert in:

  • The unique nature of football culture
  • Sport Science
  • Coaching
  • Performance and Analysis
  • Assessing both individual and team performance
  • Observation, with an extensive knowledge of global footballing markets

How an Academy Recruiter Quantifies Performance

Football club and academy recruiters have an outstanding understanding of the process of quantifying player performance, and how best to apply and utilise statistical analysis within the scouting and recruitment process, so it’s important that your football CV reflects these stats from the beginning to demonstrate your own awareness of what is important in performance to a professional club.

Examples of stats that are important to demonstrate are:

  • Personal stats (Weight, height, age)
  • Positions played
  • Preferred foot
  • Awards / Trophies won
  • Number of penalties taken and scored
  • Number of Yellow / Red Cards
  • Number of Goals per season
  • Number of Assists per season
  • Evidence of contact in a professional environment
  • Evidence of your commitment to playing football. For example: your training schedule off the field, nutritional awareness etc
  • Personal records
  • Bleep test scores
  • Average Kilometres travelled per game
  • Sprint time for 60m
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