Football Development Agency

If you are a professional / semi-professional football club and you would like to discuss either of the highlighted services above please click here to 'Contact the FDA'

2. The FDA works closely with a network of professional football clubs. The FDA adhere to the guidelines which were introduced by the FA via the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) in a bid to increase the number of home-grown English players within professional football clubs infrastructures. In line with the EPPP the FDA scout young players up to the age of 16 years old who have been identified as having the ability/talent to play at a professional football club. The FDA provides young players with the opportunity to attend football trials at professional football club academies.

In addition to this all FDA scouts are holders of an Enhanced DBS check (Previously known as a CRB check) which can happily be provided upon request.

If you feel you/your child has the ability to go on trial at a professional football club then why not contact the FDA and request an FDA scout to come and watch you/your child. The FDA will provide a full player analysis report, constructive feedback & most noticeably we will arrange a trial with a professional football club if you/your child is deemed to have the ability to play in the professional football ranks.  

1. At the request of professional / semi professional football clubs the FDA will complete an in-depth report on future opposition.  The opposition analysis report includes information on team formations, patterns of play, set pieces, teams strengths & weaknesses, team shape in transition from defence to attack and much more. In addition to this the FDA also complete player specific analysis reports on potential transfer signings.  Each player report includes information covering the personal demographics of a player (Age, height, preferred/strong foot) along with his/hers position, strengths, weaknesses & core values. 

Football Development Agency - Passion For Progression

Independent FDA scouting

 Independent professional football scouting by the FDA

To request an FDA scout to come and watch you/your child or for more information please click here to contact the FDA.

As a member of the Professional Football Scouts Association (PFSA) the FDA holds a qualification in 'Level 2 Talent identification, player / team assessment & the sports coach UK child protection certificate'. This is a National accredited qualification by NCFE which allows the FDA to conduct professional football scouting having surpassed the required benchmarks. The PFSA Level 2 course provided training & qualifications focused on the following core principles below: 


  • Talent Indicators
  • Understanding of how sporting talent is developed and maintained
  • Performer Profiling
  • Talent identification programmes and systems for football
  • Creating / Implementing talent identification programmes
  • Player Progression & Development
  • Report Writing
  • Ethical Scouting
  • Child Protection
  • Assessing teams / future opponents
  • Report Writing
  • Video Analysis