FOOTBALL SCOUTING COURSES

The Home of Talent Identification In Football

Welcome to the home of the PFSA Scouting Courses. All PFSA courses are delivered by qualified and experienced tutors including elite senior football scouts from the English Premier and Football League.

The PFSA is the leading provider of talent identification in football courses in the UK and overseas. Having delivered both online and practical courses across the UK, Europe, Australia, America, Africa and the UAE. We currently work alongside many Premier League Clubs in delivering the best training in talent identification, while providing support to thousands of members of the association.

For more information on any of the below courses, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Online Education

The PFSA have a range of online courses including Level 1 Talent Identification In Football, Introduction Into Football Scouting and Introduction Into Football Intermediary. All online PFSA Education can be taken at home in your own time through our Learning Management System.

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.

  • 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

Please note both 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 100% online based. Once payment is made a username and password will be sent via email within 24 hours. All PFSA Online Scouting Courses are best ran using a PC or Mac running Google Chrome. Please remember to check your spam folder as issued details can often get caught by the filter.

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 Wyscout. 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: 2 Days (Saturday & Sundays).

Upcoming Dates:  February (FULL), March (FULL) and April (FULL)

Venue: Various including the UK and overseas. The home of the PFSA Level 2 is Hotel Football, Manchester.

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 from Premier League Clubs. 

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 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 Wyscout. 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 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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This PFSA Level 3 Advanced Reporting Course is NCFE accredited (National Awarding Body) and delves much deeper into reporting whilst embracing an array of technology.

Upcoming Dates: New dates to be announced shortly

Venue: Various locations including the UK and Overseas. 

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