Soccer Agent

Teesta Sisodia-Sullivan, Revised April 19, 2021

Before you Reach Out to Agents

WHAT IS A SPORTS AGENT?

Do you need a soccer agent? 

Not every player does. 

Especially if you are just starting out, there may not be a benefit to signing with an agent.  If you are already in negotiations with a club, you may be better off speaking with an attorney to review the proposed contract than to sign an agent to do so on your behalf.

I ALWAYS RECOMMEND THAT BEFORE YOU SIGN ANY CONTRACT, YOU HAVE AN ATTORNEY REVIEW IT FOR YOU.

Beware the False Agent

It is easy to claim you are an agent.  There are a lot of scammers out there who are happy to take your money and give you promises of opportunities to be seen.

You should NEVER pay an agent any money.  A legitimate agent will be paid from the club or promotional company that hires you.

IF YOU STILL WANT AN AGENT

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.  

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 a soccer agent 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?

FIFA has a list of match agents.  They can be found here

Go Soccer Pro is reaching out to soccer agents and asking what they look for in potential clients.   Some of these agents are also attorneys. 

Some agents only sign players who have already established themselves - either by being a part of a top well-recognized academy, or by having played for a professional or semi-professional team.

Below, you will find links to agents we spoke to.  These are individuals who were good enough to answer some questions for me.  

Questions to Ask Soccer Agent

Questions you may consider asking might 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 with a soccer agent, 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!


Soccer Agents who are Attorneys

Gustavo Mulet Goldberg is a licensed FIFA Agent of the Argentine Football Association as well as an Attorney at Law.  Gustavo represents both coaches and football players.

Gustavo's background includes sports law.  Gustavo's network extends throughout South America.


Soccer Agents

Craig Watson is an International Player Agent with SEG UK.  

SEG is an internationally recognized Sports and Entertainment Group with offices in over twenty-five countries.  They represent many top athletes and players across a few sports, including football.  

Craig was kind enough to answer some questions regarding agents.  


Andrea Safina is a soccer agent with the Football Agents Academy, an Italian sports agency and training company based in Torino, Italy.

He is an intermediary for FIFA in the Rome area of Italy. 

Andrea speaks four (4) languages and has many contacts around the world.  He is open to working with clients from around the world. 

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