FA Registered Intermediary (Football Agency)

As a registered FA Intermediary the FDA have the capacity to legally represent players/football clubs. Whilst representing professional football players/clubs throughout the football pyramid the FDA also have an ethos & remit to scout semi professional footballers. The FDA focuses on identifying players within semi professional (Non-league) football and providing them with representation to professional football clubs. 

Please click 'FA Registered Intermediary'  for more details.

Football Development Agency - Passion for progression

  • Founder of the Football Development Agency (FDA)

  • Professional football scout. Member of the Professional Football Scouts Association (PFSA) & qualified in 'Level 2 Talent identification, player / team assessment & a holder of the sports coach UK child protection certificate' (National accredited qualification by NCFE).

  • Professional FA Registered Intermediary (Football Agent)

  • Ten years experience playing football at a semi professional level

  • BA Honour's Degree in Sports Studies

  • Holder of an Enhanced DBS check (Previously known as CRB check).

  • Fully qualified in emergency first aid

  • Covered by 'Professional Public Indemnity Insurance' & 'Public Liability Insurance'.

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Football Development Agency

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    About the Football Development Agency

The Football Development Agency (FDA) is based in the North West of England & provides several specific services all of which form the foundations for progression in football. Please read the summery of each FDA service below and click on the specific link for more details. 

The FDA Academy

A proud member of the Lancashire FA Under 21's Football League. The FDA Academy is aimed at players aged between 16-21 years old & provides professional UEFA coaching, competitive league/cup fixtures & the opportunity to play in trial matches verse professional football clubs. Please click 'FDA Academy' for more details.

Independent professional football scouting

At the request of professional / semi professional football clubs the FDA will complete an in-depth report on future opposition.  In addition to this the FDA also complete player specific analysis reports on potential transfer signings.

Please click 'Independent scouting'  for more details.  

Request an FDA scout

If you are a semi professional football player (Non-league) or the parent of a child playing junior football (Saturday/Sunday league, school team or county representative teams) you can request an FDA scout to come and watch your game. The FDA will provide a full player analysis report, constructive feedback & most noticeably we can offer several additional services which create a pathway into the professional game.

Please click 'Request a scout' for more details.