It can be easy to get discouraged on going pro in football but with the right work ethic, exposure and advice, it is possible. What better advice than learning from a professional football player that has played professionally in 4 different continents? We've gathered some of Goluremi's best advice on going pro. Keep reading to know what to do next.
First off, being in a professional academy or a top player in your area would help you get opportunities and exposure quicker. If that isn’t the case for you, that's completely okay! There are other paths to getting that same exposure and experience without wasting tons of money and time.
Go to Open Tryouts, Open Trials, and Combines
This is probably the most accessible route to getting exposure but that also brings along its own challenges. Since it is the most available way for others to try out for teams, many players will also show up to compete for the same attention of the three coaches you’re after. If you are able to get enough time to impress the coaches, you may just leave with a contract, many have but many have just lost their time and money here. This can definitely be a hit or miss. Do research and check registration fees ahead of time and see if it is worth it for you.
The Problem with Joining a Football CV website
These websites are used to post your CV/resume to show off your skills and experience. It can help bring that exposure to use but it relies on just waiting and someone coming across your profile and impressing them. It is possible to be “discovered” this way but it may not be the best option if it means you’re just consistently waiting for life to do you a favor.
Should I get an agent and scout?
This is definitely effective as they’ll help you find offers and clubs out there but only after you’ve reached a certain level. Before this is effective, you have to do the groundwork and build your way up. Once you’ve gotten through the tough part, getting an agent may be more convenient for you.
Work on your CV/Resume
This is crucial as this is how agents and scouts learn more about you as players. Choose a picture of yourself, even better if it’s an action picture with your current team. Make sure to include information such as your name, height, weight, dominant playing foot, stats, awards and achievement. It should look something like the info box on the right side of a players Wikipedia page.
Add a video
Post a 3-5 minute high quality video of your best football highlights. Agents can get busy and may miss the opportunity to watch you play live so a video and your CV will be the best second thing an agent can get. This can make it easier for scouts to see what you have to offer and may even invite you for a trial.
Hopefully this advice encourages you to get out there and get back to hustling. Although the path may not be straight or easy, it is definitely worthwhile once you make it.