How to Become a Football Agent: 3 Ways brings to your perusal the necessary step to step guide on how to become a Football Agent in Nigeria.
- Apply to be a football agent in Nigeria
- Take an Examination
- Obtain a license
The football industry is a very large one. Apart from the actual football players we see and admire, there are other key players in the industry who work behind the scene to ensure the maintenance of strong football teams. A football agent is one of them.
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An agent works behind the scene to manage the transfer of a player from one club to another. An agent fronts a player or a manager and helps get them signed on a big playing deal or club.
He might even get a good contract renewed. An agent is entitled to 10 percent of the negotiated amount of each deal.
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Fortunately, an agent can last long in the business as he can work till old age, unlike a player who gets to retire before 50.
More and more skilled and talented footballers are cropping up in Nigeria. These local talents seek better pastures outside Nigeria, especially in European clubs.
Europe is an attractive destination because it has the world’s best football leagues. This means that Nigeria will never be in short supply of good quality footballers to be exported to Europe.
This situation presents a fertile ground for football enthusiasts who wish to be part of these young talents’ success stories.
Since a lot of players have been used and dumped by selfish or fake agents, being a licensed football agent in Nigeria becomes a beautiful privilege you must embrace.
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1. Apply to be a football agent in Nigeria
You have to apply to the Nigerian Football Federation, notifying them of your intention to be a football agent in Nigeria.
Your letter must be accompanied by such documents as your birth certificate, certificate of state of origin, and other certificates (academic and non-academic).
The First School Leaving Certificate is the minimum academic qualification. Note that you have to pay an application fee and attach your payment slip to the application letter.
Your name will be sent to EFCC, NDLEA, CPC, as well as other bureaus and agencies to ascertain if you have ever been involved in any financial or drug-related crime before your application. If you pass the initial background checks, you will be invited for an examination.
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2. Take an Examination
You are to take a written examination organized by the Nigerian Football Federation and generally supervised by FIFA. NFF usually holds examinations twice a year.
The examination is made of multiple-choice questions and the pass mark is as set by FIFA. Failure to attain the minimum mark leads to a second attempt and possibly a third attempt. If an applicant fails on the third attempt, he may not take the examination until two years.
After passing the written examination, you shall be requested to undertake professional liability insurance with a reputable insurance agency in Nigeria to cover any risks that may arise in the course of discharging your duties.
3. Obtain a license
After all the other protocols, you will be presented with a certificate. This licenses you to act as a football agent in Nigeria and beyond. You need to work hard to spot talents and convince them that you are truly concerned about their career.
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You need to show yourself trustworthy and capable of fronting them before prominent football clubs and getting them signed on to good deals.
Patience is another quality you must possess to see you to the zenith of your career. Your honesty and patience will increase patronage you.