Agent?  Do You Need One?

I have had a few people ask me how to become a professional football player.  They have also asked if they need an agent.

Before You Interview Sports Agents

Have a highlight tape and an updated resume that summarizes your accomplishments.  There are many companies today that will help you put a highlight tape together.  WHAT IS A SPORTS AGENT?

You can contact as many potential representatives as you like.  If you are hoping to play in a particular country, it may be helpful to find someone  who is either located in that country or who have a proven record of placement with the clubs you are interested in.

There are many considerations when choosing a sports agent.  They need to be familiar with the general pay rates for other soccer players. Depending on the size of the club and location this pay scale may be very different.

Ask to review their standard contract before you meet.  It is always a good idea to have someone else review this with you.  If you can afford an attorney, it is worth the investment to have one review the contract.

Look at such items as the length of time the contract lasts. Is there language in the contract addressing termination?  By the agent?  By You?  What period of time does the contract cover?

What happens to the contract if you aren’t signed with a team or get injured?

Questions to Ask an Agent

Questions you may consider asking may include:

  • Information on their educational background
  • Informational on their professional experience
  • Was there ever an investigation opened against them by the NCAA or any other governing organization?
  • If yes, when did it occur?  What were the charges and what was the resolution?
  • What services are included in your package?  (tax advice, endorsements, public appearances?)
  • Will the agent you meet with be the one representing you?
  • Will he be the one negotiating your contract?
  • What actions do they take to endorse a player when they are off the pitch?
  • What is the cost of their representation?

You are signing a CONTRACT.  Make certain you have read it thoroughly.  You may be promising them anywhere from ten percent of your salary.  The amount may vary depending on whether it is for an employment contract or an endorsement contract.

Check if the contract is exclusive or non-exclusive.  If you have an exclusive contract, then you can only work with that one individual or group for the length of time specified in your contract.  

If you sign a non-exclusive contract, you can reach out to more than one person at a time and have them work with you to place you with a club.

Trust your gut.

It is never a bad idea to have a trusted family member or friend present with you as well.

  • Did you feel comfortable with them?
  • Did they listen to you when you spoke or speak over you?
  • Did they look at their phone or text someone else during your conversation?
  • Did they make you promises or just promise to work hard on your behalf?
  • You want someone who will be honest.

They should never be offering you gifts or money.  This is unethical and possibly illegal.  If one does, find another agent!

Q and A with Actual Agents

GoSoccerPro is reaching out to sports agencies and interviewing agents.  

Click here to read some of our interviews.

Please visit this site often as it is constantly being updated.

If you have a specific question you would like asked, please contact us.  We will make every effort to get your questions answered.  Thank you.

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