We can tell you right now, the one place football scouts certainly don’t go looking for their next superstar is on your living room sofa.

Unless you’re a well-known player who has already built a reputation for yourself you shouldn’t be sitting back and relaxing (and can guarantee you these players aren’t doing that, which is how they’ve built this reputation) If you really want to make it to the top of the game you need to be putting yourself in the shop window, so when coaches start thinking about recruiting you are first to spring to mind.

A good place for you to start is to take a look at who you already have ties or connections with from within your own circle, it could be a friend, an old coach, or teammate…maybe even that guy you bump into at the coffee shop every day. Is there someone you know who is already at a football club that you are interested in playing for, and can you reach out and ask them to introduce you and help you get a foot in the door. But once they do, you better be prepared to put in the work required so that you don’t let them down!

Another method, one which I have personally used to find opportunities in different countries, is to search for clubs or coaches and reach out to them personally to try and snag an invite for a trial. This isn’t the easiest of tasks, not only do you have to spend a lot of time trawling through the internet to find the clubs, you have to try and track down a contact and then a phone number (you’d be surprised at how many clubs don’t keep these details up-to-date online). It makes it even more difficult when you don’t know the country and its league structure.

Once you do finally find these details you then need to try and cut through the noise and stand out from the crowd…something we address in the next tip.

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