May 19, 2021/ 1 month ago
To impress a football scout, there basic things you need to learn:
Football scout is the link between unsigned footballer and a club.
There are three different types of scouts;
SCOUTS S FOR CLUB -
these scouts are the most common you will find, they know everything about the club's they are working for, they know the wants and needs, they are responsible for finding players that can benefit the club where they are lacking.
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTS -
these scouts are responsible for scouting already signed talent into the national teams, once you sign a team this type of scout is the link between you and your national team
SCOUTS FOR AGENCIES -
these type of scouts are usually agents themselves on they work for agencies, their work is to put together or recruit talent, brand, promote them, put them on web of clubs they might have contact with or might be indentified.
TALENT IDENTIFICATION STRUCTURE
To identify a talent we shall look at these 4 structure scouts follow before we dive deep into positions
1. ANTHROPOMETRIC :
This is the scientific study or measurements of the human body, it is important to understand that scouts may be looking for different body types for different positions, these could be GROWTH, BODY TYPE, HEIGHT, WEIGHT.
These looks deep into your physical ability to perform, some of the areas a scout might be looking at are; MUSCULAR STRENGTH, STAMINA AND ENDURANCE, BALANCE AND POWER, SPEED AND AGILITY.
Football is mostly 30% physical and 70% psychological, this is the area that is very difficult to develop and scouts are very much interested in mentally strong players, the features been looked at are; DISCIPLINE, CONFIDENCE, DETERMINATION, MOTIVATION, ATTENTION, AWARENESS, AMBITION, RESPECT.
4. TECHNICAL SKILLS:
This is the individual skills of a player,these skills can be developed by practice, thesw technical skills may include; BALL CONTROL, BALL POSITIONING, AWARENESS, DRIBBLING, SHOOTING.
Now we can see the structure of player scouting, now we look into position and how these structures are used.
Keepers must have great mental toughness and concentration levels. These are some attributes scouts look fore
Command on penalty areas
Communication with defence
One on one abilities
Modern Football calls full back wing back, meaning wide defenders need to be more athletic so they can regularly join the attack. These are some attributes scouts look for
The timing of forward run
Should be able to control and instigate attacks, having great awareness to clear the ball to a team mate. These are some attributes scouts look for ;
Bravery in attempting challenges
Reading of the game
Strong and accurate ball heading
This is the most difficult position in Football, they are usually the most complete player, they should not just have ball control but as well stamina and defensive ability. These areSome of the attributes scouts look for;
Breaking into the opposing box
Passing abilities under pressure
Tackling and defensive abilities
A player with a blistering pace is favourable in this position for any scout. These are some of the features a scout look for;
Technical ability like dribbling and close control
Off the ball intelligence
The main thing a scout wants to see in a striker is Goals, are you a natural finisher? Do you hesitate in front of goal, or strike with confidence without looking up. These are some of the attributes scouts look for;
Off the ball intelligence
After all these being said, when a team wants a player ,they don't look at only the skill set of the player, they look into