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How to Contact Professional Football Teams (3 Mistakes You Need to Avoid)


Becoming professional is a very hard thing in football. It is a very saturated market, with a lot of great players who essentially want the same thing: to be able to sustain themselves from playing the game.


However, a big thing people always tend to forget is that you can be professional even if you don't play in the top leagues such as Bundesliga or the Premier League. As a man, you can be a pro by playing in the 3rd or 4th league in England or Germany, in some cases even in countries such as Poland or Sweden. For women, it is a bit different. But there has been a lot investments done, and now in some leagues women can get money from playing in the second leagues of for example Italy or France.


There are a lot of great players out there, but that doesn't necessary mean that they all become pro.


Why?


Because clubs or scouts don't know of them.


In most cases, you will need to be proactive and reach out to clubs in order to get a possible trial or some kind of chance to prove yourself.


That's why in this post, we will talk about how to contact professional football teams, and which 3 mistakes you need to avoid.


Mistake 1: Being Unrealistic



I see a lot of people who are trying to reach out to clubs and coaches before they even have proved themselves at the level that they are now.


If you want to be able to reach out to a pro club, you need to first be performing well, in for example your U17 team, your local club, or a high school team. You need to be able to perform on that level, and then maybe try to take the next step and play in a semi-professional league, and then when you have made a name then you can start to see what chances you have at the pro level.


A lot of players think that they can make the jump from point 1 to point 10. But that's not how it works. You need to take it step by step. Unless, of course, you are an incredible talent that gets scouted early on.


But most players won't. And that's why you need to focus on where you are now. Work hard, perform, and then look for better opportunities.


Thinking that Barcelona will sign you when you play Sunday league is VERY unrealistic.


You also need to look at clubs not in your area. If you live in England, where the top league and the lower leagues are every established and competitive, that doesn't mean you can't make it. Try to reach out to clubs in not as powerful leagues, like for example Poland or Estonia.


You can get valuable experience there and then can take the next step.


Mistake 2: Having Nothing to Show


Great if you email clubs, but if you don't have a highlights video and football CV to show. Nobody will take you seriously.


Trust me, even when you have those two things, most clubs won't reply to you. But your chances grow significantly if you have a professionally done highlights video and a football CV that shows what kind of experience you have and can make the club feel interested about you.


Just emailing someone "Hey my name is ..... and I want to play for your club" will never get you anywhere.


Make sure to check out out previous posts about how to make a highlights video and how to make a football CV.



Mistake 3: Spamming



Nobody likes spammers.


No matter who you are, you hate people who spam on Instagram or keep messaging you.


Coaches and clubs are no different. If you will keep messaging them on every single platform out there, nobody will take you seriously.


You should obviously follow up a couple times, but not every single day. Coaches are busy and can't always reply to emails straight away. So give a couple days before you follow up on your emails.


If you want to track who already opened your email, we recommend you get MailTag which is a email tracking extension and gives you the information when someone opens your email, and how many times.


How to Contact Professional Football Teams


So how should you go about emailing pro teams?


Firstly, you will need to contact many of them. Calling or emailing one won't be enough.


Make sure to also reach out to clubs in various countries, not only yours.


How to Contact Professional Football Teams

When you email a professional football team, make sure that in the first paragraph you introduce yourself, your name, age, position, previous clubs and nationality.


In the next paragraph you ask for an opportunity at their clubs, such as a trial/tryout, and thank for their time.


At the end of the email make sure to mention that you have attached your highlights video and your football CV in that email.


How to Contact Professional Football Teams - Where to Find Contact Information


Having the right contacts is obviously the best thing, however if you have not established a name for yourself, you most likely don't have the right contacts to reach out to yet.


In some rare cases, you can find emails to coaches or directors on their club website. You can use the Hunter.io extension to help you find the right emails.


Networking on LinkedIn when you are starting out, might be the best way to find the right people to get in touch with.


Those people can be people working for different clubs, scouts, agents, coaches etc.


You will have to do a bunch of digging to find the right contact information, but it will be worth it.


Contacting an agent and asking if they can represent you is also a good idea, because they already have the contacts. However, agents will only want to represent you if they see a potential in you.


How to Contact Professional Football Teams


We hope this blog post about how to contact professional football teams was of value for you.


Make sure to download ScoutMapp, which is a platform that will help you network with coaches and get discovered all of the world.

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