FIA - Football Intermediary Association

FIA Football Intermediary Professional Programme Course in Eastbourne

The Rise of Football Intermediaries

To become a successful Football Intermediary, you need industry specific skills and knowledge, the right contacts, and professional guidance from experienced world-class trainers, who have played or managed at an international level. Fortunately, all of this is available throughout our Football Intermediary Professional Programme, which includes our Football Intermediary Certificate and Exclusive Access Event.

This Football Intermediary Professional Programme will provide you with an online course and one-day Exclusive Access Event. Through this event, you’ll be instructed by, learn from and get to question Xabier de Beristain Humphrey and other special guests (to be confirmed).  

These guest speakers bring a wealth of knowledge spanning decades, which in turn will help you to save many years of potential pitfalls, which will ultimately help you to fast track your career. 

This programme is for delegates aged 18 or older. 

Start your Football Intermediary journey today!

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

This course is a blend of online and classroom-based learning, through our eLearning course and one-day Exclusive Access Event, which provides delegates with an interactive approach to learning, which can’t be gained anywhere else. 

To provide our delegates with the best chance of success, our Football Intermediary Professional Programme is made up of three key aspects:

Football Intermediary Certificate – This 100% online course has been developed to cover 16 key modules, which will help you become a Football Intermediary, such as the financial intricacies of being in the football industry, handling contact negotiations and guiding players through personal aspects of their life. This interactive course includes animations, detailed explanations and quizzes, all delivered in a simple to digest format. Learn at your own pace, with unlimited 24/7 access, for 6 months.  

Exclusive Access Event – This is a great opportunity for you to meet other aspiring Football Intermediaries from our course, as well as be instructed by Xabier de Beristain Humphrey, and other special guests. These instructors will be discussing the industry, how to start representing players, cover the psychology side of the job and answer any questions you may have. By the end of this event you will have gained an invaluable insight from their personal experiences, including their many successes and even some of their mistakes or regrets, helping you to learn from them and giving you an advantage. One other key area this event focusses on is the importance of networking, which will help you to build your own network, starting with the attendees of this event, as well as help you to fine-tune this skill for future dealings in business.

Mentor+ - Gain access to our team of mentors throughout your 6-months access to the course, which also includes some time after your attendance on the Exclusive Access Event. 

Our Football Intermediary Course provides you with the necessary knowledge to be able to work with players and provide the best, most professional service you can. This will help ensure you are armed with the skills to be successful in this industry.

Course Modules

This course is made up of 16 modules, including:

  •    Module 1 -  Background to Intermediary Regulations
  •    Module 2 -  Client Identification
  •    Module 3 -  Recruitment Procedure
  •    Module 4 -  Football Clubs: Making Contacts and Building Relationships
  •    Module 5 -  Sales & Player Marketing
  •    Module 6 -  Transfer Windows
  •    Module 7 -  Process of a Deal
  •    Module 8 -  Relocation & Player Settlement
  •    Module 9 -  Working with other Intermediaries
  •    Module 10 - Dealing with the Press
  •    Module 11 - International Markets
  •    Module 12 - Successfully Navigating English FA Work Permit Regulations
  •    Module 13 - Client Retention
  •    Module 14 - Professional Advice
  •    Module 15 - Being Commercial
  •    Module 16 - Internet Marketing

Exclusive Access Event details

We not only learn by listening but by asking questions too, which is why the Exclusive Access Event has been designed around these factors – listening and asking questions. Throughout the Exclusive Access Event you’ll get to meet (and question) key leaders within this industry.

Next Exclusive Access Event details 

  •  Date: Tues 28th Sept 2021
  •  Time: 9am - 6pm
  •  Location: London Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

Who will be running the training? - Xabier de Beristain Humphrey (Football Intermediary and Sports Lawyer) and other special guests (TBC)

We offer a range of payment options, including:

  • Payment in full 
  • Split the payment into 3 monthly payments
  • Apply for finance (spread the cost over up to 24 months - requires a credit check).     


Xabier and his team are available throughout your first 12 months – this is not just for course related information, this is also for any questions you have regarding starting your career, or implementing the course knowledge in a practical way, kicking off your day-to-day responsibilities as an Intermediary. 

About Xabier de Beristain Humphrey

Football Intermediary

Xabier is one of the most highly regarded sports intermediaries in the industry. He 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, Division X Sports, has supported a wide range of football players past and present, including:

  •    Luke Thomas (Leicester City)
  •    Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
  •    Gael Clichy (Arsenal)
  •    Robert Pires (Arsenal)
  •    Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia)   

Qualified Sports Lawyer

Xabier is not only a respected football intermediary but also is a qualified sports and commercial sector lawyer, where he represents leading law firms, including Clifford Chance LLP and Allen & Overy. 

Professional Mentor

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 Division X Sports team have now teamed up with leading training organisation e-Careers to deliver an industry leading sports intermediary programme.

Why should I study to become a Football Intermediary?

Don’t just dream of becoming a Football Intermediary – study to gain the necessary knowledge and put in the required work to make that dream a reality!   

For most people looking to become a Football Intermediary, the huge earning potential is usually quite a big driving factor. Yes, while there can be large salaries gained from this industry (think about Jorge Mendes fee earned by arranging the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus – over £19m!), you’ll also get to work in an industry that you’re passionate about. As there is a skills-gap of highly trained, professional Football Intermediaries, those who are taking the time to become fully trained and certified Football Intermediaries are giving themselves the best chances of success.

Finally, you’ll get to learn essential subject areas, including:

  •    Supporting a player through personal and professional challenges
  •    Negotiating the best deal for them and managing contracts and transfers
  •    Mentoring younger players and teaching key aspects of financial management

Over 500 delegates have attended this course and learned from some the industries greatest! 

Who is the Football Intermediary Professional Programme suitable for?

There are no prerequisites to enrol onto this course, which means that whether you’re from a sports management background, or just looking for your first career, you can work towards becoming a Football Intermediary through this programme. Build up your knowledge and learn the techniques necessary to navigate this industry successfully, while gaining a football certificate to support that knowledge. While not necessarily essential, it does pay to be a confident communicator, a good negotiator and have excellent interpersonal skills.  

Not too long ago, professional football agent jobs were difficult to get. Breaking into the industry was extremely hard and required a lot of capital but things changed in 2015, when the rules allowed anyone to become a Football Intermediary. The only requirements now are to comply with your local FA’s rules, which for those looking to become Intermediaries in England, include:  

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

The Enrolment Process

We’ve made the enrolment process as easy as possible, with 3 different ways to enrol:

  •    Fill out your details in the section above and click ‘Enquire now’ and one of our Football Intermediary Programme Managers will be in touch with you
  •    Purchase this course now and begin straight away, by adding this course to your cart and going through the checkout process
  •    Call our Football Program Manager, Ashley Pugh on +44 (0) 20 3198 7700 and he will help you to get fully enrolled and assist with any questions or concerns you may have 

When can I enrol onto this course?

You can enrol onto 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 a period of 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 a period of 12 months.

Next Exclusive Access Event details 

  •  Date: Tues 28th Sept 2021
  •  Time: 9am - 6pm
  •  Location: London Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

How much is my investment into 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 onto 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)

Where can I find out more about how to become a football agent?

We have a range of blogposts you can explore, to discover more about becoming a Football Intermediary and the industry in general.

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