FOOTBALL SCOUTING COURSES

The Home of Talent Identification In Football

As the leading provider in Talent Identification in football courses, nationally and abroad, we deliver both online and in-person courses across the UK, Europe, Australia, America, Africa, and the UAE.

Every course is passionately delivered by a qualified, experienced tutor – including elite senior football scouts from the English Premier and Football League. We proudly join forces with numerous Premier League Clubs to deliver unprecedented Talent Identification training, while guiding and supporting thousands of association members.

Online Education

The PFSA is home to a diverse platter of online courses, from Level 1 Talent Identification in Football to Introduction into Football Scouting, and Introduction into Football Intermediary. All online courses in the PFSA Education system can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime – through our intuitive Learning Management System.

Level 1

Opposition Analysis In Football

PFSA Level 1 Opposition Analysis in Football

The PFSA are pleased to announce the ONLINE Level 1 Opposition Analysis In Football course. Developed by a full-time first-team opposition analyst for arguably one of Europe’s greatest teams this past decade. The PFSA Level 1 is aimed at the independent opposition analyst which aims to equip the user with an insight into the industries best practices both within opposition and individual analysis.

The PFSA Opposition Analysis In Football course is more than just a Level 1. It was designed with the PFSA Scouting Network in mind, the UK’s largest independent team of football scouts, to create further detailed reports for our member clubs.

The Level 1 course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Understand the role of an opposition scout and their setting in the wider context of football
  • Explain the tools and technology available to create comprehensive and engaging analysis
  • Analyse set pieces and document them in a report
  • Understand formations and their impact on gameplay and analysis
  • Explain the process of individual analysis and the key points to look out for when analysing players
  • Produce a complete opposition and independent analysis based on your new knowledge

Level 1

Talent Identification In Football

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The PFSA Level 1 Talent Identification in Football Course was developed by elite Premier League Football Scouts, Heads of Recruitment and Academy Managers, and touches on all aspects of talent identification.

Unlike other online talent identification courses, the PFSA 1 Talent Identification In Football Course delves much deeper into the profession of football scouting and is the industry-leading online introduction into talent identification.

The 11 module course will equip you with a firm understanding and platform to further develop your knowledge of the talent identification process and what is needed to operate as both a football scout or an elite coach.

The course has been developed in line with the EPPP and is a great stepping stone for a career within football.

Modules include:

  • Introducing Talent Identification
  • Understanding the EPP
  • Talent Identification Predicators
  • Football Scouts and Player Reports
  • Talent ID Predictors in a Goalkeeper and the Relative Age Effect​
  • Anthropological Predictors
  • Technical Skill Predictors
  • Psychological and Sociological Predictors
  • Limitations and Importance of Talent Identification

Notes: The PFSA Level 1 in Talent Identification in Football and the Introduction into Football Scouting DO NOT provide the necessary skills needed to operate as a football scout in line with the EPPP. Please see the 2-day practical PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification in Football Course to further your knowledge of Talent Identification in Football and to ultimately operate as a Football Scout within a Category-A club.

The PFSA Level 1 Talent Identification in Football course is based 100% online. Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive your assigned username and password within 24 hours. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder, as these emails can often get caught by filters. We recommend you take the course on a PC or Mac with the latest version of Google Chrome installed for optimal speed and ease of use.

Introduction Into Football Scouting

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The PFSA Introduction into Football Scouting Course is aimed at those thinking about a career as a Football Scout. The course will delve into key areas vitally important to football scouting. Below you will find a number of topics which the course addresses.

Modules include:

  • The Aim and Objectives of the PFSA
  • What is a Football Scout
  • Skills Required for Football Scouting
  • Player and Tactical Scouts
  • How Do Football Scouts Search For Talent
  • Match and Player Reporting
  • Importance of Scouting
  • Talent Identification In Football
  • Football Club Development Centres
  • How Do I Become A Professional Football Scout

Please note the completion of the PFSA Introduction Into Football Scouting Course does not equip you with the skills necessary in order to become a Football Scout. The PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification in Football Course is aimed at those seriously looking at pursuing a career in football scouting or furthering their knowledge of Talent Identification (See below).

Introduction Into Football Intermediary

The PFSA is pleased to announce the launch of a new online course; an Introduction Into Football Intermediary. This course has been developed by Professional Football Intermediaries representing players in the Premier and Football League and aims to give an insight into the World of an intermediary/agent.

  • The Origin of Football Intermediaries
  • The Role of a Football Intermediary
  • Working With Players and Clubs
  • How Do Football Scouts Search For Talent
  • Working As An Intermediary
  • Registering as a Football Intermediary
  • What to do next

All new users of the  Introduction Into Football Intermediary Course will receive exclusive access to Instat. The PFSA are proud to partner with one of the markets leading analysis platforms used by Arsenal, Manchester United and many more.

Once you have registered, a username and password will be emailed directly within 24 hours. All PFSA Online Courses are best operated using a PC or Mac running Google Chrome. 

Practical Education

The PFSA currently offer two practical courses, the Level 2 Talent Identification In Football and Level 3 Advanced Reporting. We run both courses in the UK and overseas as we continue to partner with both clubs and football associations across the globe including the MLS and the UAE FA.

Level 2

Talent Identification In FootbalL

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The PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification in Football Course is accredited by the NCFE (National Awarding body) and is our most popular option. The PFSA Level 2 has been taken by many ex-professional footballers and current Heads of Recruitment to further their knowledge of Talent Identification.

COURSE LENGTH:

Two day practical course usually held over a Saturday and Sunday. The PFSA Level 2 commences at 9am and finishes at 5pm on both days.

Upcoming Dates:

UPCOMING Venue:

The PFSA deliver our industry leading education across the globe, so remember to check the  location before attending. The next date and venue will be held at The Hive, London on the 24th and 25th August:

Please note that although the home of the PFSA Level 2 is Hotel Football, Old Trafford, we do hold courses with our partners across the UK and overseas.

Unlike other talent identification offerings, the PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football Course was developed and is delivered by industry leading elite talent identification experts with Premier League experience.

Modules Include: 

  • Day 1 - Talent Identification In Football
  • Talent Indicators and Early Predictors of Talent
  • Performer Profiling
  • Successful Talent ID Programmes and Systems for Football
  • Creating / Implementing Talent ID Programmes
  • Understand How Sporting Talent Is Developed and Maintained
  • The Future of Talent ID in Football
  • Day 2 - Match, Team & Individual Analysis
  • Role of a Scout
  • Scouting Protocols
  • Match Preparation
  • Video Analysis
  • Individual Player Reporting
  • Match Reporting
  • Team Formations
  • Player Assessments and Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses of a Player

Football Clubs who have attended the courses include: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, AFC Bournemouth, FC Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Celtic, Aberdeen,  Stoke City, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Coventry, Bury, Reading, Blackpool and many more.

New and experienced football scouts have travelled from all over the World to attend the courses – which include America, Australia, Cambodia, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Columbia, Brazil, Cyprus, Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Gibraltar, Turkey, Lithuania and many more.

The PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football course is perfect for both scouts who wish to further their knowledge with an accredited certification in Talent Identification and those looking to enter a career in football scouting.

All new customers onto the PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football Course will receive exclusive access to Instat. The PFSA is proud to partner with one of the markets leading analysis platforms used by Arsenal, Manchester United and many more.

PFSA Scouting Network

As a PFSA Certified Level 2 Football Scout you are entitled to access onto the PFSA Scouting Network. The PFSA Scouting Network have partnered with several clubs within the football league and non-league and is the UK’s largest independent active scouting network. Once you are certified, you can undertake first-team assignments generating both individual and match reports as high as the Championship. This is a unique service which gives you the opportunity to showcase your talent of which clubs use the PFSA Scouting Network exclusively to recruit new football scouts.

You can now spread the cost through instalments and book your place onto the PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football Course, find out more here.

Level 3 Advanced Reporting

Match, Team and Individual Analysis

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The PFSA Advanced Reporting course is accredited by the NCFE (National Awarding Body) providing in-depth insight into reporting while exploring the power of evolving technology. We deliver this industry leading football analysis course at a range of locations nationwide and abroad.

Upcoming Dates: September 14th @ AFC Fylde, November 16th @ AFC Fylde and January 25th @ AFC Fylde

Venue: AFC Fylde, Mill Farm Sports Village. PR4 3JZ

The Level 3 course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Complete a detailed match report
  • Discuss different types of match report analysis
  • Review different formations the opposition may use
  • Explain and produce a completed full team player report
  • Complete a detailed review of a teams strengths and weaknesses to beat and nullify the opposition
  • Demonstrate how to complete set play reviews, both attacking and defending
  • Review of computer software for recording set plays and writing report