FIA - Football Intermediary Association

FIA Football Intermediary Professional Programme

Programme Overview

If you're looking to become a successful Football Intermediary, you will need to learn essential industry-focused skills and gain the knowledge to work in this industry. It is also important that you build up the right professional contacts and get guidance from experienced, world-class trainers who have managed or played in the past at an international level. Within this Football Intermediary Professional Programme, we offer all the above, including our Football Intermediary Certificate and Exclusive Access Event.

The Exclusive Access Event will be presented by world-renowned Intermediary and Sports Lawyer Xabier de Beristain Humphrey and supported by other special guests (to be confirmed). Our guest speakers will bring with them their wealth of knowledge in this sector, which spans decades, helping you save both time and problems, learning from their mistakes and succeses.

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Classroom
  • Assessment Included
  • Tutor Support Included
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Certified & Experienced Trainers
  • Exclusive Job Opportunity Available
  • Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
  • Exclusive Access Event with Xabier de Beristain Humphrey

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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Classroom
  • Assessment Included
  • Tutor Support Included
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Certified & Experienced Trainers
  • Exclusive Job Opportunity Available
  • Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
  • Exclusive Access Event with Xabier de Beristain Humphrey
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Course Details

Is the Football Intermediary Professional Programme suitable for me?

If you're considering a career as a professional Football Intermediary, this training course will benefit you and your career goals.

As there are no prerequisites to enrol on this programme, anyone can train to become a Football Intermediary. We will teach you all you need to learn to navigate this industry successfully, and you will also earn a Football Intermediary certificate to support your knowledge.

Previously, becoming a professional Football Agent was difficult and expensive to get started. In 2015 the rules were changed, allowing everyone to become Football Intermediary, with the only requirements being to comply with local FA’s rules. For those in England, this includes:

  •  Passing a DBS check
  •  Completing a code of practice assessment 
  •  Paying a £500+VAT registration fee

This programme is for delegates aged 18 or older.

How will the Football Intermediary Professional Programme benefit me? 

Our Football Intermediary Programme is a mix of online learning and classroom training, providing an interactive focus on training not offered elsewhere.

We have divided our Football programme into three key elements:

  •  Football Intermediary Certificate
  •  Exclusive Access Event
  •  Mentoring

Football Intermediary Certificate – An online training course, with 16 core modules, aimed at helping you gain the knowledge required to become a Football Intermediary. These modules focus on the financial intricacies of the football industry, how to handle contract negotiations, and supporting players during their personal lives. This training course is interactive and includes animations, detailed explanations, and quizzes. Study at your own pace, with unlimited 24/7 access, for 6-months. 

Exclusive Access Event – A fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business in a classroom setting. You will have the chance to ask questions and learn from key players, managers, Intermediaries in this industry (speakers may vary). 

Instructed by Xabier de Beristain Humphrey and other special guests, you will discuss the football industry and what it’s like to represent players as a Football Intermediary. At the end of this professional training event, you would have gained the knowledge and skills to consider a career as a Football Intermediary. As networking is such a key part of this industry, you will have ample time to network with other students and trainers.

Mentor+ - Access to our team of mentors throughout your 6-months course access.

What jobs can I apply for after my Football Intermediary Professional Programme training?

While this training course has been developed to help you become a Football Intermediary, the skills and knowledge you gain can be used across other sporting industries.

That said, this training is focused on those individuals looking to embark on a career as a Football Intermediary.

Why choose to study the Football Intermediary Professional Programme with e-Careers?

We are proud to deliver this exciting and unique Football Intermediary Professional Programme. Students will have access to excellent course materials, webinar, and support, which will help guide you on your career path.

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 595,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training, and we have earned a 5-star rating on Trustpilot, from over 9,000 students. 

By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates. 

Football Intermediary Professional Programme Syllabus

Our Football Intermediary Professional Programme will provide you with the knowledge required to offer a high level of service to your players.

Course Modules

This course comprises 16 modules, including:

  •  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

Exclusive Access Event

When can I enrol on this course?

You can enrol on this course at any time and once you have access to your course materials, you can study whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 12 months. 

When and where will this programme be held?

The Football Intermediary Certificate is 100% online and you will have access to these course materials 24/7 for 12 months. 

Next Exclusive Access Event details 

  •  Date: Tues 28th Sept 2021
  •  Time: 9am to 6pm
  •  Location: London Stadium

How much is my investment in this course? 

If life as a Football Intermediary sounds like the career move for you, now is the time to start your journey and enrol on this course. 

We offer three payment options to make enrolling on this course easier for you: 

  •  Payment in full - You pay for the full course in one go
  •  Split the payment – Split your total balance into 3 monthly payments
  •  Finance Options – Go through our finance options and spread the payment up to 24 months (This option requires a credit check)


Xabier and his team are available throughout your first 12 months, to help with course-related questions and help getting started in this industry.

About Xabier de Beristain Humphrey

Football Intermediary

Xabier is a highly regarded Sports Intermediary and Lawyer. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and German, which means he is one of just a few Intermediaries and lawyers who can represent their clients directly from different parts of the world.

Xabier has played in Athletic Bilbao Academy alongside the likes of Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso, making Xabier genuinely one of the few Intermediaries that can do it all.

His Sports agency, Division X Sports, supports a wide range of football players, including:

  •  Robert Pires (Arsenal)
  •  Gael Clichy (Arsenal)
  •  Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia)
  •  Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)

Qualified Sports Lawyer

Xabier is not only a respected Football Intermediary, but he is also a licenced sports and commercial sector lawyer, representing leading law firms, such as Clifford Chance LLP and Allen & Overy.

Professional Mentor

Xabier is passionate about education, regularly supporting football clubs by speaking to parents, players, and club employees on industry challenges. Xabier and the Division X Sports team have partnered with us to offer an industry-leading Football Intermediary programme.

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