Football Intermediary Certificate (with Professional Mentoring)

Football Intermediary Certificate (with Professional Mentoring)
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ reached an audience of 3.2billion viewers, nearly half the population of the entire planet, with more than one billion fans tuning in to watch the final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, cementing football as the world’s most popular sport. With this popularity comes immense fortune. Football is now seen as a business venture for many, with routes into the game being taken out of a sporting context.

Involvement is now available to everyone, irrespective of your age, location or footballing experience, you can become a football intermediary and reap the benefits of being involved in the sport that many aspire to become a part of.

Traditionally football intermediaries were the only selected few people who had the connections and the licenses to work in this sector; this is no longer the case. With the recent deregulation in the industry, anyone, from any background, anywhere in the world has the opportunity to become an officially registered football intermediary.

What is an Intermediary?

An Intermediary, otherwise known as an Agent, is someone who oversees professional and personal aspects of a football player’s life. These include overseeing the negotiations of transfers, contracts and sponsors to player relationships with clubs, friends, education and their own finances. An Intermediary acts as a guiding figure throughout a player’s career, making decisions based on what is best for the player and what the player wants.

About the Course

This high quality course, developed by e-Careers and our team of intermediaries, is the most unique and up to date programme which not only teaches you all the essential elements of how to begin your new full or part-time career as a football intermediary, it also provides you direct access to the intermediaries and their team who will provide you live mentoring for the duration of your studies and once you complete the course you have the opportunity to make your application to join their ever growing global team.

About Xabier deBeristain Humphrey 

Xabier is one of the most highly regarded sports intermediaries in the industry. His background is as a qualified sports and commercial sector lawyer, where he represents leading law firms, including Clifford Chance LLP and Allen & Overy, making him a highly prized asset for any sportsperson to have by their side.

Xabier is fluent in English, Spanish, French and German, which makes him one of the select few intermediaries and lawyers that can represent his clients directly in different parts of the world.

Having played in the highly acclaimed Athletic Bilbao Academy alongside the likes of Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso, Xabier genuinely is one of the few intermediaries that has it all. 

His Sports agency, DBW Global, has supported a wide range of football players, including: 

  • Robert Pires (Arsenal)
  • Gael Clichy (Arsenal)
  • Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia)
  • Danny Simpson (Leicester City)
  • Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland)
  • Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion)
  • Michael Appleton (Blackburn)
  • Steven Defour (Burnley)
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), and more! 

Xabier has a passion for education and regularly supports football clubs by speaking to players, parents and club employees on subjects surrounding the industry.  Xabier and the DBW Global team have now teamed up with leading training organisation e-Careers to deliver an industry leading sports intermediary programme.

The Course

The course is delivered fully online and can be studied on any internet enabled device. It has 15 modules which go through all the aspects of the curriculum. At the end of each module all the key learning points are reinforced and followed by a short assessment.

Every learner has access to a mentoring service called Mentor+ where contact via the system can be made with Xabier and  our team of Intermediaries, to assist the learner with any aspect of the course.

The platform will also provide learners with access to additional videos, webinars and material which will supplement their knowledge.

  • Background to Intermediary Regulations
  • Client Identification
  • Recruitment Procedure
  • Football Clubs: Making Contacts and Building Relationships
  • Sales & Player Marketing
  • Transfer Windows
  • Process of a Deal
  • Relocation & Player Settlement
  • Working with other Intermediaries
  • Dealing with the Press
  • International Markets
  • Successfully Navigating English FA Work Permit Regulations
  • Client Retention
  • Professional Advice
  • Being Commercial
  • Internet Marketing
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
Associated Certification
Level 3 Football Intermediary Certificate
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