Q: I am above the age of 16 and want to become a professional footballer, what do I need to do?
A: Firstly, you need to fill in an online CV on this website. This service is free of charge. When you have done this, you need to decide where to send your CV to, and the options for this are also posted on this website, along with the prices. When you have decided on your future aspirations and the payment has been received, we will process your application and you could be on your way to playing professional football.
Q: My son is 14 years old, is this too young to have an agent?
A: A player cannot sign a contract with an agent until the year he reaches 16. A pre-contract agreement can be offered by agents for players who really stand out but until the player is 18, written consent of a parent of guardian is needed for the deal to be processed formally.
Q: What do I do if I do not have the correct method of payment?
A: Currently, MyFirstAgent offers a wide variety of payment methods which we feel are accessible. Please contact us if you can not comply with these, and we will do our upmost to arrange a suitable transaction.
Q: How do I pay?
A: You can only pay when you have completed your CV. From this stage, there is an option where you select where you wish the CV to be sent. When this has been completed, the payment facility will be at the bottom of the page, and it is easy to follow.
Q: When can I expect to hear from someone if I have been successful in my application?
A: MyFirstAgent sends your application out to the very best of agents and, although we cannot guarantee replies, our system has proved to be very successful in finding clubs and agents for up-and-coming footballers and getting them on to the football ladder.
Q: Are MyFirstAgent interested in joining other companies in partnership?
A: MyFirstAgent receives many business opportunities and we are interested in these. Despite this, due to the volume of emails we receive, we are unable to reply to each one separately.
Q: I have been released and have no club: how do I get back onto the footballing ladder?
A: Firstly, you must not panic. Although the previous club may not have wanted you, that does not mean that nobody wants you. You need to get your name out there so clubs recognise you and your ability. As well as this, you need to observe the guidance posted on `I am above the age of 16 and want to become a professional footballer, what do I need to do?` at the top of this Question and answer page.
Q: If I select ‘all English agents’, how many agents will receive my CV?
A: Currently, we have 505 agents who will receive your CV and work with you to maximise the possibility of you finding a professional club.
Q: I have a specific question that is not dealt with in the above, what can I do?
A: Please go to the `contact us` section of the website and submit your question if it is not dealt with in the above or on the homepage.
Q: Do My First Agent deal with other sports?
A: Currently, MyFirstAgent deal with footballers who are based in, or want to play football in England. We do not deal with the American version of football.
Q: Do you work with players from outside the UK?
A: Yes, and have been able to help players who have travelled from as far afield as the USA, Brazil and Australia for trials with UK clubs, whilst a number of the agents we work with have been successful in securing top flight contracts for players from outside the UK heading to this country for the first time.
Q: Are there any countries in which you do not operate?
A: We are best placed to assist players in Europe, the Americas, Australia and various other territories, but it is difficult for us to operate in countries currently affected by conflict. Please note that we would also discourage registrations from non-professional players in western African countries (most notably Nigeria and Ghana) as we receive an overwhelming number of applications from this area that we simply cannot assist on an in-depth basis unless you are already playing at a top level and possess both the talent and documentation/international experience to be able to play and work in the UK.
Q: Can you publish my video on this site to showcase my skills?
A: Yes. Provided you are legally permitted to upload good quality footage of you in action, it is possible that we may be able to showcase it via MyFirstAgent as part of a proposed video section. Drop us a line with the Youtube link if you want to be considered for inclusion in this project when it goes live (full details TBC).
Q: Who is able to look at my CV if I join the database?
A: In the first instance, your CV will be able to be viewed by our site staff, who are able to rectify any major errors they may spot in your details. Clubs and reputable agents that we work with are able to request players of a particular quality/location/position, and as a general rule of thumb we will let them see your footballing qualitities and experience at first, but not your name or contact details, which will only be provided if they genuinely want to approach you. We will not supply any information to any third parties that does not confirm with UK law or football regulations (e.g. we will not pass personal contact details of contracted players to other clubs – all approaches would have to be channeled through your existing club).
Q: People say that I am too small for football?
A: For any football player to be in the game, especially at the youth level, you do not have to be the biggest, strongest, or fastest to be successful. At any youth level many players have not fully developed and still have time to grow in height. On the other hand mentally a positive attitude goes a long way in helping not only your game, but your teammates as well. For any young footballers there are other aspects which have to be monitored in order to succeed.
Q: How do I become the best of my age group?
A: Playing football at any professional level requires hard work, if signing a professional contract is the young players aim, then the hard work will be worthwhile. Hard work includes working on different parts of your game game, such as fitness, technique, tactical awareness and other aspects of the game which aren’t your strongest in order to become a better player and stand out.
Q: How do I reach the top?
A: As professional football can be a relatively short career players need to be at their best abilities at all times in order for them to be recognised and not replaced by other players at youth level. This requires focus and not being distracted by the surrounding environment. To stay at the top of your game you need to work hard on a daily basis and improve on all aspects of your game. This requires learning new things and new ways of training in order to improve yourself physically and mentally.