In 2019, the United States is a talent-rich soccer landscape with millions of junior soccer players and tens of thousands of collegiate players. Currently, 80,000 boys and girls attend college on soccer scholarships, and soccer is among the top participation sports for young boys and girls up to the age of 18. Because soccer is played in nearly every country in the world, (unlike most US sports, such as American Football) the worldwide popularity and expanse of soccer provide opportunities for thousands of these soccer talents to play abroad.
Although the United States now produces increasingly more young, talented, world-class soccer players most will never realize their dream of playing at a professional level. Of US Major League Soccer’s 23 teams only 70 male players will be drafted from a pool of 40,000 collegiate players. On the women’s side, only 9 professional teams exist in the National Women’s Soccer League. The logical progression for American talent is to look overseas for professional playing opportunities, be it after high school, or during or post-college.
Unfortunately, world professional soccer is not structured in the same way as American recruiting infrastructure, which progresses from junior level to the professional ranks. Top teams in Europe and other major leagues such as Asia, the Middle East and South America, rely completely on scouts, agents and other resources to secure playing talent from all parts of the world.
The SFA Platform
Soccer Family Agent was created to fill a void in connecting American soccer talent with the rest of the world.
Soccer Family Agent is the first of its kind platform that replicates and elevates the agent accreditation process that FIFA and other sporting governing bodies such as the NBA, NFL, and MLB oversee for their agents. Through our comprehensive online curriculum, we provide knowledge and tools that exceed typical agent accreditation processes of major governing bodies.
The main focus of the sports governing bodies that oversee agent accreditation is ensuring agents practice in an ethical manner to best serve the player they represent. When a family member acts as Agent, which is common in international soccer circles, the risk of unethical practices on behalf of a player is greatly diminished, often alleviated. For this reason, FIFA developed the provision allowing a family member to legally represent their child, or sibling, without having to go through the accreditation process.
SoccerFamilyAgent.com harnesses this unique provision and gives you the inside track to becoming an official soccer agent when representing a family member.