Becoming a soccer agent isn’t all glamour and swanky parties like you may think it is. Of course the bigger players with professional agents that have been in the game for a while probably to get to sit in the lap of luxury, but when you are starting out you cannot expect to find the diamond in the rough right off the bat. That’s what fairy tales and movies are made out of, not average life.
The truth behind how you become a football agent is hard work and perseverance. If you do not already have a good reputation associated with your name then you will most likely be watching a lot of minor league teams searching for the next big thing. It sounds like tedious work I know but if you love the game and are totally determined on becoming an agent then you’ll have no problem.
Young stars are discovered all the time, that’s how the league stays going year after year. You can even look into different colleges to see some new up and comers who show some potential. It’s also a good idea to keep track of current soccer players that are good so that you can know when they are released from their agent. Once you’ve found one you can persuade them to sign with you.
In all reality it shouldn’t take much persuasion, because if the football player really enjoys the game, then he or she should have no problem signing with a new agent in order to continue or even further their career.
The whole idea behind being an agent is convincing a good or promising player to sign with you, and then setting out to make that player a bunch of money. See because the more money you make your player, the bigger cut you will be able to take. That’s why you always hear about agents holding out for their clients for more money, it’s not necessarily all for their client, it’s also because they get a much larger cut out of $5,000 rather than $500.
As an agent the best way to move up the ladder is to fight for your promising players to make it into a league. There are many different leagues and some are higher up than others, so obviously if you got your player into a lower end organization you wouldn’t be able to strike a high priced deal like you would in a much larger league.
Each move forward you make is a good one, each new promising young star you get signed on to any league is just more credibility for you. Earning that credibility will not only have leagues and teams trusting your word that this is a promising player, but new recruits will hear of your success and gladly sign up with you.
You may start out signing a few players on a couple lower leagues for a small amount of money per game or per week. This is going to make your cut small as well, but it’s a step in the right direction. For example, let’s say you sign up 10 good players that show promise to play for $100 a week. You will probably only be getting about $10 of that from each player, so you will only be pocketing roughly $100 a week yourself.
If you’ve ever heard of a “finder’s fee” or “handling fee” that’s exactly what an agent will be getting for their player. Each time your rising star is paid you get a pre-determined cut of the earnings. When you get a player to sign up with you, they sign a contract you two discuss the ins and outs of it. In that contract they sign with you will be your pay which is a percentage of what they make, usually around 10%.
This is a great first step though because if you have a good eye for promising players then the chances are that at least one of those guys or girls will get picked up by a pro team. Once you have one hopeful picked up not only does that raise their pay per week, but it raises your pay per week and it puts some credibility behind your name.
With that credibility comes much more opportunity. You may have already (and if you weren’t you should have been) contacting teams and organizations about your promising players. Well now that you have at least one that’s been picked up your word sounds a lot more trustworthy. You can tell these teams that you have more like the one that got picked up by such and such and they should act fast before they lose a great soccer player.
To further your own football agent career you will need to look into getting licensed. First you will need to fill out a form and pass a test of regulations in the country you are starting out as an agent in. Most of these exams are pretty simple and rather short, lasting around 30 minutes, but very necessary so you know all the rules and regulations that come with being a professional soccer agent.
Once you have been licensed in the country of your agent origin (not necessarily where you were born but where you want to be an agent) you can then go after the big boys. Yep that’s right FIFA. The same course of action is taken for this licensing, you will need to fill out an application along with taking a test of rules and regulations.
This exam will consist of many international rules along with a few national rules you must know to be a complete professional agent. This all may take some time and definitely some serious initiative but if you want to become a football agent then you should have no problem persevering.
Here are a couple websites to look through for help with getting licensed. These sites have rules and regulations along with ways to contact who you need to about applying and taking your exams. First is The Football Association, here they have your national license for whatever country you are in, it’s roughly a 2 page downloadable document.
And here at the FIFA website you can look into your international licensing with all the same helpful links. You can study and really get on your game so you can push your potential stars into the new stratosphere of the soccer game. On both sites you will be able to apply and also get any and all questions you may have answered for you.
So why wait another second? Get out there and become a football agent and show your love for the game, and its players. Remember to have some fun because that’s what it’s all about anyway.