A guide for young footballers on how on to choose an agent
This article offers some practical tips (drawn from the author’s experience) on how to select a football agent. Specifically, it looks at:
The challenges facing young players
What an agent can do to help a young player
How a player can pick the right agent for himself
Points to consider before making the final decision
This article is aimed not only at players, but also their parents or guardians who may well play a crucial role in identifying, choosing and working with an agent. In England, a player is permitted under The FA’s regulations to sign a representation contract with an agent from the 1st day in January of the year of his 16th birthday.1 However, a representation contract with an under-18 year old player must also be countersigned by the player’s parent or guardian.2 In practice, it will often be the parent or guardian of a young player who liaises most closely with the agent and it’s therefore important that the agent holds the trust of both the player and his family.
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Dan Lowen, Level Law
Dan is a sports lawyer who is recognised as a leading adviser in the football industry. He has over 15 years’ experience advising players and agents on all aspects of their careers. For advice on choosing an agent, or if a player, family member or agent has any questions arising out of this article, Dan’s contact details can be found at www.level.law