Professional Football Scouts Association

The Home of Talent Identification In Football

PFSA How to become a professional football scout

The Professional Footballs Scouts Association is the leading provider of scouting and analysis courses in both the UK and overseas, with over 25k members.

We were formed in 2010 by 2 Premier League Scouts with decades of experience within elite talent identification. The PFSA as an association aims to liaise with all governing bodies Worldwide and through professional/non-professional leagues on behalf of all member scouts promoting best practice, raising standards both physically through our members’ treatment and education.

The association’s main aim is to set out the relevant systems and procedures on a level consistent with the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). Members of the association will be committed to the association’s agreed code of conduct, and the rules & regulations set out by their respective football governing bodies.

Matters for attention are as follows:

  • Fit and Proper Person

  • Experience and Knowledge

  • Qualifications

  • Procedures

  • Association Benefits

Fit and Proper Person

This will be carried out by the relevant staff such as a recruitment officer or our human resources department. An application to join the PFSA as a football scout will include an interview explaining in full what is required from the association and the levels and standards in which we operate. This will also be complemented by character references from the local club chairman/secretary or youth club organisations and recorded for future club presentation.


Any football scout before taking up their position must have a valid membership number, which will be presented to an instructor who may be required to conduct a relevant course such as child protection, talent identification and first aid. 

Procedures and Regulations

No football scout can actively approach any member, parent or individual of any amateur or professional club or society without having a:

  • DBS check which we will help our members to obtain through our affiliated partner.

  • Child Protection certificate which we will help our members to achieve through our football scout courses.

  • Talent Identification certificate which we will also help our members achieve through our football scouting course.

  • All football scouts must approach players and clubs following the guidelines and regulations set out by our association and other football governing bodies. 

Association Benefits

As a member of the PFSA, you will be part of the only organisation representing football scouts worldwide. Please find below the associated benefits on becoming a member:

  • We will regulate and enforce agreed procedures set down by the governing football bodies such as the Premier and Football League, and report any instances that may need their attention such as fines.

  • A registered database of football scouts that have joined the PFSA.

  • The PFSA Football Scouting Courses.

  • Monthly newsletter.

  • Annual awards night of achievement recognition.

  • International exchanges such as a visit to European Clubs.

  • Tournament database within the United Kingdom.

  • Business and Financial Advice.

  • Football scouting forum.

  • Job vacancies within football clubs in the United Kingdom and scouting opportunities.

  • Legal Advice.

  • The PFSA Benevolent Fund.

  • Help with DBS application