An Academy Scout is responsible for watching matches to identify talented players for a club’s academy. They liaise with the Head of Academy Recruitment to understand the kind of player that the academy is looking for. After watching a match, they write detailed reports on the players that they scout and share these with the Head of Academy Recruitment, who then decides whether to pursue any of their recommendations.

Scouts attend regular in-service training and meetings to ensure their continuous professional development.


The increasing use of data and statistics in sport is changing the way that scouts work. Clubs may now identify players with the use of computer software and send scouts for a second opinion.


There are no specific qualifications required to access a career in scouting. Scouts are often recruited on the basis of their connections and networking ability.

Governing bodies run Talent Identification qualifications which can help develop the knowledge required to be a scout. Completion of these courses will enhance any application. It is also beneficial to hold coaching badges, as these will prove an understanding of the sport.

All scouts must have a complete and up-to-date Enhanced DBS Clearance.


Previous work at a sports club, along with an understanding of how the academy system operates, is advantageous. Knowing the rules and regulations of how clubs can sign young players will also help. Being able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the sport – be it from a playing or coaching background – will also set any applicant apart from the rest.


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