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Soccer apps have become a godsend for scouts trying to find talent for teams and players being noticed. Access to practice drills, video analysis and player databases makes the process quicker and more efficient.
The ease and importance of soccer scouting for new players has changed with the addition of new apps that can instantly save videos for analysis and give access to great practice drills that can easily make the best stand out. Whether it’s youth soccer or the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the advance scout often determines if a team will compete against others or be told “Better luck next year.” The scouts in the USA aren’t as prevalent as those in other countries largely because the soccer scout salary (between $25,000 and $40,000) is usually too low to make a fulltime job. If you perform a search for “How to become a soccer scout?” you’ll find that the requirements are more than being a soccer fan. Attention to detail, a college education, and the ability to control cognitive bias are all important. And even if you can’t travel as much as you’d like, the amount of information stored in databases accessible by apps makes it easy to be a good scout that can make an educated guess as to how beneficial a player will be for your team.
While the job of the scout is to identify and get new soccer players, for the player trying to be noticed the goal is understanding what the scout wants to see. To say, “What scouts look for in a striker is just a goal scorer,” is a bit narrow. Yes you want to impress at a soccer trial, but it’s important to study practice videos on soccer apps to understand the nuances between an average player and a great one. If you want to be that new soccer player the scout gets, it’s important that soccer coaches on other teams at an away game take notice as well. Often they will put observations of you into soccer analysis software, and someone in another country might call. Equate it to trying to be successful at your job. Assume that the moment you step onto the field, to when you take your cleats off, a scout is watching. They want to see the aura about you. Just not how you dribble a soccer ball.
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