What do scouts look for in a player

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  1. Roite

    Roite New Member

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    What do people believe scouts for in a player and if their any semi-pro's or pro's about, what did the scouts that saw them say stood out most?????


  2. arcticduane

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    i was scouted ( used 2 b at bradford city u13s) n leeds n blackburn r after me because im a strong n fast player. I play up front but also track runners n generally help out my team. Also it helps if u can do something with the ball (i.e long accurate passes n take on players). Its also good if u have 2 feet( i only have 1). But also you musn't try to over do it n lose possesion. :D
  3. da_man

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    You need to have something special about you talent is very notecible but you need to have leadership skills aswell try and encourage your team to do better, make sure you have the scouts attention scream for the ball make the scouts notice that you are on the field and don't be shy to go hard in the game (not to hard though). And one more tip if you score a goal don't make it look like its your first goal ever just celebrate in a way that looks like you score goals everyday.
  4. Tony Dellbird

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    Basically all you need is Leadership qualities, be able to work as part of a team, have the necessary ability, always know what you're doing with the ball, be confident and work hard! That's what got me through.


  5. jtowns3

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    They look for the simple things done extremely well (fundamentals, passing, trapping, vision) and consistency. some flair is also needed but only if it benefits the team and isn't for show. They like to see you make an impact, not ball watch and not hide from the play. make hard tackles, make smart decisions. play to your strengths too, dont go try something new if a scout is watching and if you've never done it before.
  6. TheSlipperyOne

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    Being an ex-scout before moving up to a head coaching position I can say with authority there is only one thing scouts look for:

    Speed, speed and more speed.

    Unless of course you're a keeper. Then all you need is to be really, really tall.
  7. ConorM

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    Thats ****************. Do you mean speed of thought, speed of skill? Because I know many slow players who have been signed.
  8. ADIKeeper

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    From what I have seen...the Reigion Camp coaches like Keepers who can play with the ball at their feet well and players who can play pretty much anywhere. If you can play Fullback and halfback well and not do anything stupid, they will select you. Just play hard and play smart and dont do anything stupid, and you'll have a good chance...
  9. odg78

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    Fast

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    Tall

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  10. Scotty

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    Usually the eyes. Also a sense of humor is a must. And they mustn't be afraid to talk about their feelings.
  11. Callump

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    i agree with scotty, but the first thing they look at is your boots, must have flashy ones.
  12. skipshady

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    As a former scout myself, I have to agree.

    You can't teach size or speed. You can coach everything else.
  13. GoHawks4

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    He brings up a good point. When was the last time you saw a 5'5" keeper or a player who was slow as molasses.

    Ok, besides Neil Ruddock.

    The point is, anybody can learn to shoot well with enough training, but scouts tend to look for the best athletes.
  14. Jaspero

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    lol, whats the positve affect of shiny boots ? towards a scout ?
    if its true what you are saying here why is it that i never been scouted. but i will definately give my some xtra motivation for the next season
  15. schumifan89

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    this is a wierd way through to the acedemy but.....
    my team won the league very easily (scoring over 200 goals and letting in 6) not losing or drawing a game in 20 games)
    The leeds United acedemy noticed us and invited us down for a game at thorp arch (leeds utd training ground) against their acedemy (my age obviosly) and we won 2-0!
    they picked out 5 players from our team (me one of them) and we are going for trials soon (when the acedemy starts up on July 1st after 6 week break)
    the scout that chose us said we all had speed and we good with the ball at our feet, so i think thats what they are looking for!
  16. the8

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    I have had tryouts for the last two days and I think what the scouts looked for in me was to basically bring havoc to the defence. Thats excatly what I did, counter attacks, muscle'n players off the ball etc.

    Just play the game making smart decisions and make sure you are heard on the field.
  17. GoHawks4

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    You beat me to it, you prick.:)
  18. ConorM

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    Well if they were scouting 8 or 9 year olds maybe they would look at speed etc. Surely if they were looking at like 16 year olds ability would be the only factor? You cannot expect to train them to a pro level after that if all they have is speed.
  19. Tony Dellbird

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    Damn you Callump! The only reason i read threads here is to see Gohawks' inevitable post about shiny and multicolored boots,
    You ruined the whole thread!! :D
  20. Richie

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    I used to scout for an A-league team and some other club teams.

    I looked for quickness in a small space more then speed. Did not have to look for speed because speed jumps out at you if the player really has that kind of speed. I looked for player vision and a great ball touch. I could see that in the first 10 minutes of watching a player.

    Those three things got you a practice/s with the team. During those practices you can see if he had a strong will meaning can he push himself to get up when the ball is up, and get behind the ball when we lost the ball, also when he has the ball under pressure does he lose it too much, and other things including can he take coaching points and use them right away.
  21. Callump

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    sorry ill just let u do it next time and ill back you up :)
  22. Phieniac

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    He was joking :rolleyes:
  23. dex1

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    personally they would look for defenders at the 14-16 age because they will have an abundence of midfielders and strikers from younger ages unless someone stands out to be really good then obviously they would pick them, i think they look for vision, strength , skill and being able to get out of tight spots with the ball, and for a defender timing the takle well. it helps if your quick and tall but at this age there going to catch up sooner or later but if your quick and lankey your gonna spend half the game trippin over the ball, dont play dum just play football and move the ball round the pitch and if you lose it try your hardest to get it back, encourage and dont moan. ;)
  24. ConorM

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    Yeah I have seen so many players play like ******** compared to their normal standard, but scouts still picked up that they were good, from movement and vision. They know what they are doing but why are scouts so bad at pro clubs! They don't know a good player until he smacks them in the face whereas every fan with digital TV knows how good they are, I have so many examples of this but am not gonna go through them.
  25. jkl;

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    Jorge Campos and Osvaldo Perez are both 5'5.

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