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Isaac Felizardo

MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management with research focus on football teams economic efficiency. Loves football, sports and developing new things.

FIFA Agents Licence

- May 20, 2024
May 20, 2024

Football Agency

- May 6, 2024

Why Football Agents Should Obtain a FIFA Licence

I've spoken with way too many football agents without a licence. FIFA is doing a terrible job at explaing agents why they should get one in the first place. So I decided to help FIFA. Here are my 5 reasons why all serious football agents should get a FIFA licence. 1. Credibility and trust Having a FIFA license demonstrates that the agent is acting within the law. It signifies professionalism and competence - enhancing an agent’s reputation. Because he can lose his licence if he does any wrongdoing, it builds trust with players, clubs, and football authorities. 2. Access to official databases and FIFA events Licensed agents gain access to FIFA’s official databases, facilitating player scouting and representation. They can also attend FIFA events, conferences, and workshops, expanding their professional network. 3. Avoids conflicts of interest FIFA-licensed agents follow strict ethical guidelines, minimizing conflicts between their interests and those of players or clubs. They create transparency in the whole transfer ecossystem by preventing illegal practices. 4. Legal recognition and authority FIFA-licensed agents operate within legal frameworks, ensuring legitimacy in their dealings. Because Licensed agents understand contract intricacies, they reach stable and fair agreements for players and clubs. 5. Global reach and market access A FIFA license enables agents to operate internationally, opening doors to the global football market. By the way, if you are still managing your football agency with spreadsheets and computer folders, I've got great news for you: we developed a software to help you manage your agency and you can check it out here.

May 6, 2024


- May 2, 2024

Why You Should Keep a Scouted Players Database

Whether you are a scout, coach, agent or sports director, there are 6 reasons why you should have a football players watchlist. In football, you never know when you’ll be made redundant – or “sacked” in football jargon. It’s very easy for the top-management to blame someone else for short-term failures. And heads will roll… Independently of who you are, you should create your player list because: 1. You are more valuable Future employers, be it clubs, academies, colleges or agencies will want to know what you bring to the table. Your knowledge is the number one reason the conversation starts in the first place. But what extras do you bring? Maybe some great connections with South American agents or Ghanaian academies? Why not a portfolio of players ready to deploy and hire to fix the current squad’s shortcomings? That is the strategy stellar scouts use. Alongside their jobs, the best scouts always keep their database of players updated just in case. And so do many coaches. 2. Unfair advantage While your competitors are running around at the start of the season because their Striker just left, You already have a shortlist of 3 players to replace your recently injured Centre-back. That will transmit emotional stability and let your staff focus on what really matters – winning the next match. 3. Self-esteem and self-confidence Having a fail-safe plan will give you the natural confidence that comes with knowing you can make mistakes. After all, you have your own database that you maintain without external help. So, you must at least be good at it. 4. Keeps you in the habit of watching football Even when you are not working Or if you are just stuffed with emails and paperwork during week days Having to watch football matches to keep your player shortlist up to date, will keep you in the loop of watching and thinking football. 5. Gives you a headstart When you find a new role, you are not waiting for your President, Sports Director or Chief Scout to tell you how to fill in the gaps in your team. You bring your own contacts, your own players, your own view And can actually start recruiting for certain positions faster. 6. Nurturing relationships Humans are not very rational beings and tend to trust their instincts more than their brains. And for a good reason, right? We are still alive. Therefore, creating strong relationships with players you have on your watchlist is key. One day, you might want to hire them, and they might even have a better offer from another club. But who do they trust the most? Maybe that hire will make the difference between a successful season… … and a terrible one. If you’d like to try out a software that would simplify creating and updating your players database and scout reports, check our current special offer.

May 2, 2024


- Jan. 24, 2024

How many millions does an injury cost a football club? 💰

How many millions does an injury cost a football club? 💰 "I said if I wish you good luck it would be a lie," Jurgen Klopp told Mohamed Salah before his departure to Africa Cup of Nations. And rightly so, as Salah has been “ruled out for up to a month” after sustaining hamstring injury. After last years’ experience, where Football injuries costed European leagues €767 million in post-World Cup season (source: Bloomberg) Klopp was worried that the physical and mental strain of Egypt’s stint at the Africa Cup of Nations would bring one of his key players injured. And it did. As presented by Premier Injuries, Salah’s Harmstring injury is the costier and most frequent injury in topflight football. But how much do these injuries cost clubs, taking into account only lost wages? Let’s look at the top 3: Eden Hazard at Real Madrid: - 252 days injured - € 475 000 weekly wage - £ 17 130 000 money lost Philippe Coutinho at FC Barcelona: - 233 days injured - € 475 000 weekly wage - € 15 800 000 money lost Neymar at Paris Saint-German: - 95 days injured - € 1 000 000 weekly wage - € 13 629 980 money lost With these values, it’s no surprise that clubs invest so much in injury prevention. And they should. Preventing injuries is one of the best ways to enhance team performance. And also one of the most cost-effective. I saw this for myself when we helped our partners at Mt. St. Mary’s Women’s soccer team reach their best conference tournament result in program history. By helping them track players’ internal loads, the team did not sustain a single major injury this season. So, remember: take care of your players and they will take care of the rest.

Jan. 24, 2024
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MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management with research focus on football teams economic efficiency. Loves football, sports and developing new things.

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