Football Scouting Courses

The Home of Talent Identification In Football

PFSA Football Scouting Experts

As the leading provider of Talent Identification, Opposition Analysis and Technical Scouting 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.

The PFSA Education’s online and practical portfolio are the only providers exclusively endorsed by Instat, the worlds leading video analysis software to elite clubs in Europe and overseas and CPD accredited.

ENTRy

Foundational courses - 2/3 hours - Online (Self-Paced)

Professional

Classroom, Zoom and Self-Paced Options

Entry

Level: Entry/foundational - Time: 3/4 Hours - Type: Interactive Online Courses (Self-Paced)

Interactive PFSA online courses can be taken in your own time at your own pace and are aimed at providing a foundational to intermediate understanding of either talent identification, opposition scouting, technical scouting or performance analysis. All interactive online courses can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime – through our intuitive Learning Management System. 

PFSA Level 1
Opposition Analysis In Football

3/4 Hours - Self Paced - Foundational Level

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:

PFSA Level 1
Talent Identification In Football

3/4 Hours - Self Paced - Foundational Level

PFSA Level 1 Talent Identification In Football

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:

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.

PFSA Level 1
Technical Scouting In Football

3/4 Hours - Self Paced - Foundational Level

PFSA Level 1 Technical Scouting in Football

The PFSA are pleased to announce a ground breaking new online course within technical scouting. Developed by a senior consultant to the likes of Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid to name a few, the new Level 1 in Technical Scouting delves deep within the profession.

What is Technical Scouting?

Technical scouting is an approach to player evaluation which draws on information technology and data science. It is not a replacement for traditional scouting. Instead, it makes new kinds of information available to scouting teams, including objective measures of performance.

Technical scouting also creates new possibilities for scouting teams. For example, while the coverage of a traditional scouting team is limited by its resources, technical scouting methods can be used to screen a virtually unlimited number of players, all over the world.

Although technical scouting uses advanced mathematical techniques in the background, the basic principles are straightforward. Even those with little mathematical knowledge can use technical scouting insights to evaluate players.

By the end of this course you will know:

PFSA Level 1
Performance Analysis In Football

3/4 Hours - Self Paced - Foundational/Intermediate Level

PFSA Level 1 Performance Analysis In Football

The PFSA are pleased to announce our new Level 1 Performance Analysis in Football course. Endorsed by Instat and created by current industry leading experts, it’s time to broaden your knowledge and dive into the world of performance analysis.

What is Performance Analysis?

Performance analysis is an emerging discipline in football. It uses data science and technological tools to evaluate the performance of players in an objective way. Although it relies primarily on quantitative data, performance analysis also draws on more qualitative methods, such as video analysis of tactics and formations.

The aim of performance analysis is to provide an overarching assessment of performance to help develop an understanding of actions that can inform the decision-making process. Analysis is undertaken to optimize performance, support the coaching process, improve player performance and help deliver tactical insights to help win football matches. Opposition analysis is based around the same principles but focusses on the identification of opposition strengths, weaknesses and tactical approach. Analysis is simply another extension to the coaching arm.

What will you learn:

The PFSA Level 1 Performance Analysis in Football course is perfect for both budding and current analysts, as well as scouts looking to expand their toolkits – it’s the most comprehensive analysis course currently on the market. For all you football fanatics out there wanting to get a better understanding of the inner workings of professional clubs – we’ve got you covered.

Modules 1/2

Modules 3/4

PFSA Introduction Into Football Scouting

3/4 Hours - Self Paced - Foundational Level

Introduction Into Football Scouting

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:

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).

PFSA Level 1
INTRO INTO FOOTBALL INTERMEDIARY

3/4 Hours - Self Paced - Foundational Level

Introduction Into Football Intermediary

The PFSA is pleased to announce the launch of 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.

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. 

Professional

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: Delivered over sessions or taken at your own time at your own pace
Type: Online (Zoom), Classroom based or 100% Self-Paced

Below is a list of our industry-leading portfolio of Level 2 and above scouting and analysis courses. Several scouting courses are tutor-led and are delivered by an expert tutor and delivered either in-person through classroom based teaching or powered by Zoom and delivered online. The PFSA currently offer three tutor-led courses, the PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football, Level 3 Advanced Reporting and the Level 2 Opposition Analysis In Football. We also have recently launched the brand new 100% Online and Self-Paced Level 2 Technical Scouting In Football course. 

Good news, we now offer all practical courses as an online option, all of which are CPD accredited and exclusively endorsed by Instat including the industry-leading Level 2 Talent Identification In Football, Level 2 Opposition Analysis in Football, Level 3 Advanced Reporting and the new Level 2 Technical Scouting In Football course.

PFSA Level 2
Talent Identification

INDUSTRY-STANDARD - 3 Options - Classroom, Zoom or Self-Paced

PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football

The PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification in Football Course is an industry leading, internationally recognised CPD accredited certification by the PFSA and 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 and is the only Level 2 across the globe that is confidently and exclusively endorsed by Instat, the world-leading provider of scouting analysis software to elite clubs across the Globe.

The PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football course is also delivered as part of several Universities syllabus including UCFB and is used privately within clubs to certify and train their football scouts.

The PFSA Level 2 Talent Identification In Football course can be taken either online or as a practical session. However, please note that due to COVID-19 practical sessions are postponed until at least December.

Delivery, Dates and Costs

Below is the list of guests and their allocated online sessions from above. The guests will spend time with users from that particular course. All guests will share their insight into the professional game, hints and tips and advice on kickstarting a career in football. You will also be joined by football scouts at all levels already attending the course.

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.

Level 2 Modules:

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

PFSA Support Phase

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.

PFSA Level 2
Technical Scouting In Football

Online selfpaced - 5/6 Hours

The PFSA are pleased to announce the arrival of the hotly anticipated PFSA Level 2 Technical Scouting in Football course. Developed by leading Heads of Technical Scouting at Premier League clubs, the new online course is 100% interactive and can be taken in your own time at your own pace.

The new Level 2 Technical Scouting course will be applied learning, which means you will be taught industry best-practices in setting up a professional workflow.

Major advancements in information technology and numerical data science have recently transformed football player evaluation and the scouting process with clubs now investing thousands within this process.  These quantitatively-based information systems complement and build upon existing forms of scouting to help provide a complete and more thorough player assessment.

Learning outcomes:

Format:

We are excited to announce the new PFSA Level 2 Technical Scouting in Football course is now available. 

PFSA Level 2
Opposition Analysis

ONLINE - Leading analysis course - Tutor Led (Via zoom)

PFSA Level 2 Opposition Analysis In Football

Designed and developed by industry-leading professionals at first-team level. The PFSA Level 2 Opposition Analysis in Football course is the only scouting analysis programme officially endorsed by Instat, the worlds leading video analysis software to elite clubs in Europe and overseas. 

The practical and new ONLINE PFSA Level 2 Opposition Analysis in Football course takes the online Level 1 much further by delving into assessed match reporting. 

The new Level 2 is a result of our groundbreaking work on the PFSA Scouting Network of which is exclusive for PFSA certified football scouts. Both the PFSA Level 1 and 2 in Opposition Analysis will give you access onto the PFSA Scouting Network, which will give you an opportunity to generate detailed reports for first-team management.

The Level 2 Opposition Analysis is an applied certification, meaning you are asked to analyse a real game. 

Please note the online PFSA Level 1 Opposition Analysis In Football course is included within this course and can be taken online prior to attending.

Please note due to COVID-19 we have decided to take the PFSA Level 2 online, which gives our users the opportunity to network and learn from professionals overseas

Units include:

Upcoming online sessions:

PFSA Level 2
Performance Analysis In Football

ONLINE self paced - 5/6 Hours

Level 2 Performance Analysis In Football

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the new PFSA Level 2 Performance Analysis In Football course. Created by an award-winning e-learning design agency with content provided by an active Head of Performance Analysis for a top Premiership club and a Programme Lead (Performance Analysis) for a leading UK sporting University.

What will you learn:

The course is split into 5 sections:

PFSA Level 1 Performance Analysis In Football

Course structure:

The PFSA Level 2 Performance Analysis In Football course is 100% online and self-paced, meaning you can complete this course in your own time and at your own pace. Expect to spend 8/16 hours completing the course, which will include separate research.

PFSA Level 3
Advanced Reporting

ONLINE - Tutor Led (via Zoom)

PFSA Level 3 Advanced Reporting

The PFSA Advanced Reporting course provides an 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.

Due to COVID-19 we have decided to take the industry-leading Level 3 online, which opens up a great deal of opportunity to now network with new and experienced professional football scouts from overseas.

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

Upcoming sessions:

All dates and times are in GMT

Assessments:

The PFSA online course will be held over two days with homework throughout, including assessments enabling you to put all the theory into action. You will be given access to our partner’s platform, Instat, the world-leading providers of football analysis software to elite European clubs, where you will analyse a game and provide recommendations on players. 

You will be given access onto Instat’s platform, used by most of Europe’s top professional clubs to generate your reports.