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How to Become a Football Agent in the U.K.

Updated July 20, 2017

A football agent negotiates contracts between clubs, sponsors and players. But their clients are always the players. It is a challenging and rewarding career. Football knowledge is a necessity, as is the ability to make and develop contacts. The Football Association has a registration process that potential agents must go through in order to get an agent's license. The Football Association registration process is quite straightforward. Finding the right talent, however, could potentially be a lot harder.

Go into the United Kingdom's Football Association webpage. Click on the "Rules and Regulations" at the top of the page. There is a "Related Links" section on the right side of the page. Click on "Agents". Scroll-down the page and click on "Becoming an FA Licensed Agent" and read the information enclosed.

Download a copy of the "Standard Player-Agent Representation Contract" from the Football Association website. The document is at the top of the page entitled "Football Agents". Read a copy of the contract. It will provide a relatively good base for what to expect from player-agent contracts in the United Kingdom.

Apply for a visa to live and work in the United Kingdom. Football Association agents must reside in the United Kingdom. Live at the same United Kingdom registered address for at least three months before starting the Football Association application process. Get address details covering the last two years and obtain proof of current address. Acceptable documents acceptable as proof of address are a utility bill, phone bill, salary slip, or bank statement. Save these documents for submission with the application form.

Download, complete and send the application form to the name and address given on the Football Association's website. Enclose relevant supporting documentation (see above) and the appropriate registration fee.

Get criminal records checks completed. Go to a local police station and get a "Criminal Record Check" done to prove eligibility to work with young people. U.S. nationals must obtain a "Certificate of Good Conduct" or "Lack of Criminal Record" from the relevant U.S. authorities (for example the FBI), as well as a United Kingdom criminal records document.

Obtain copies of or download the FA and FIFA rule handbooks from the Football Association website. Revise these thoroughly for the football association exam. Sit and pass the exam. An examination has 20 questions. 15 questions are based on FIFA's international rules. There are also five questions on the United Kingdom's regulations.

Get insurance coverage from a U.K. insurance agent. This will offer protection if you sued by players, clubs or FIFA. Read, sign and date the FIFA regulations on agents' conduct, which the FA will send to you. Return this document to the FA and wait for your license to be issued.

Start signing players.

Tip

Get 3 copies of a contract signed. Give one copy of the contract to the player, keep a copy, and send one to the football association.

Warning

Many football agents are disliked by clubs. Be professional and reasonable in order to gain a good reputation.

Things You'll Need

  • Football Association Registration
  • Criminal Records Check
  • Appropriate Fee
  • UK address
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About the Author

Nigel Ward has been writing for internet sites since June 2009. His articles have appeared in "Fitness Uncovered," "Earnest Parenting," and "Age Concern." A qualified TESOL and primary school teacher, he has a Post Graduate Certificate in education from St Martin's College, Carlisle and a BA (Hons) Degree in applied theology from Manchester University.