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Advanced Principles of Talent Identification & Development in Football

Explore scouting strategies and how to make evidence-based decisions when recruiting players.

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About the course

This course on the Talent ID pathway focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills required for player recruitment in the professional game.

Building on the principles developed on the National Talent Identification course, it explores sophisticated scouting strategies, how to make justified, evidence based decisions when recruiting players to your team and the most effective ways to manage the talent identification environment at your club.

The taught element of this course is 12 days (6 x 2 day modules) in total. Further learning support is provided through five group days.

Applications now open for the 25/26 season

The application window for our next Advanced Principles of Talent Identification & Development in Football course in the 24/25 season is now open until 18:00 on Friday 12 July 2024.

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Course prerequisites

This course is ideal if you're working in a full-time scout or talent identification role with responsibility for driving standards within a department. 

Every applicant looking to start this course must already be in an appropriate job role and should ideally have already completed:

How is the course structured?

This course is made up of six two-day blocks that take place over 10 months, with a two-month gap between each block to give you the chance to put your learning into practice.

You will take part in a blend of learning tasks and assessments and receive on-course theory delivered by industry experts, on-course practical group tasks, group meetings between learning blocks and independent study so that you can apply learning in context.

What are the learning outcomes?

After completing this course you will have a much better understanding of what makes an effective scout working in the professional game and how to make evidence informed decisions relating to the recruitment of players within professional football.

During the programme you will work to achieve four objectives:

  • Examine and evaluate your current decision making process
  • Review your reporting process to establish best practice guidelines and consistency
  • Understand how the FA 4 Corner Development Model can influence decision making
  • Explore practical scouting strategies that inform talent identification practices

What you'll be able to do with this qualification

This course is a great way to increase your employability as a scout and help build a career in talent identification. By completing this course you will be in a much stronger position to pursue full time employment within a professional clubs talent ID and recruitment department.

This is a course specifically designed to support heads of recruitment and senior scouting staff who have management responsibilities in talent identification teams within the professional game.

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