Soccer trials in Europe for the players, who are aged under 18 years, are now happening and those who enjoy playing football or are passionate about their career as a professional soccer player can now register themselves for it. As we all know very well that Football is a very popular sport all around the world, and so the young talent really want to come to the top so that they can get noticed by the scouts or clubs and be an official part of this famous game. But this remains as a question in a person’s mind about what scouts look for when hiring a player in their team or club. And this is what one should prepare themselves for and in this article, we will discuss those factors that can help you out in these under 18 soccer trials in Europe.
How to get a trial and are these trials open for everyone?
Normally, the scouts and recruiters do not organize open trials for players rather they always look for them through domestic or local tournaments or clubs where they can easily judge the potential and spirit one has for the game. From here, if they see that you are playing your game to a level where you can be a potential candidate, they will select you at the very moment. You can also apply for the trial by writing a CV where you can discuss your football background as well as your interest as well as an application. You can also talk about if you have already played for a football club. Reference and recommendation letters might help to strengthen an application. Players who have an EU passport or ‘leave to remain’ papers.
What should you be working on more?
Simply said, talent. It is recognized that players come in diverse shapes and sizes, with different talents and weaknesses. A player’s technical, tactical, physical, psychological, and social characteristics are considered, as well as the relative age effect and maturation rates. They must also be compared to current Academy players to determine whether a target player has the potential to outperform the ones we already have registered.
How does the hiring process work?
There is always a network of scouts who work on a local, national, and international level for the Club. They are mostly looking for athletes aged 7 to 16. Moreover, the higher up the age groups, the less likely it becomes to be offered a trial but it is by no means impossible. When they find a player, they refer him or her to the Academy Recruitment Department, which determines whether or not to proceed with the recommendation.
Can you tell if you are being watched by a scout while playing?
Sometimes, the scouts or recruiters who are there at the recruitment agencies may be watching but you cannot tell if they are watching you when you are playing or not. It has also come to notice that most of the time, these scouts are not present in the academy or recruitment agency as their presence might put the unnecessary pressure upon the players and they may perform underwhelming specifically on the players who are young in age. They might try much harder just because of the fact that they are being watched by someone and might not be able to play well because of this. One will only be able to know when they are contacted via their current club. When hiring a player for a club, scouts and recruiters always prefer to contact the player’s manager or coach before contacting the player or his parents.
What can you do to increase your chances of being scouted?
Football is a fiercely competitive sport in which to make it. Obviously, talent is essential, but true resilience and dedication are required to succeed in the game. Some people are spotted early on, while others develop later, so continue to work hard and email clubs at various levels.
There is a greater chance for you to get noticed if you are playing at a higher level, therefore even if you do not receive a trial at an academy or agency, try to climb up the leagues at whatever level you can.
What can you do on your own?
There are many things that you can do on your own to get noticed by a club or recruiter. One of them is to email them. If the sender already has a good relationship with the receiver, email can be a fantastic tool. Contacting groups on your own is a challenging option to take, given how difficult it is to establish credibility while speaking for yourself. Every day, clubs receive dozens of trial request emails.Nonetheless, there is a slim chance of success if your email stands out from the crowd, but keep in mind that the larger the club, the more difficult it is to receive a response.