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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, which provides a practical, hands-on approach to learning, which can’t be gained anywhere else. Through this event, you’ll meet, learn from and get to question three amazing Football representatives: Xabier deBeristain Humphrey, Les Ferdinand, Paul McVeigh. (Find out more about our trainers below).
These three 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.
Embark on your professional Football Intermediary journey today!
To provide our delegates with the best chance of success, our Football Intermediary Professional Programme is made up of five 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 12 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 deBeristain Humphrey, Les Ferdinand and Paul McVeigh, who will all discuss 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 finetune this skill for future dealings in business.
Job Application - Once you have completed the course you’ll be able to send in a job application to Xabier and our team of Intermediaries, with the potential opportunity to find work or work experience within the team.
Advanced Development - Gain access to exlusive materials only available to those on the Football Intermediary Professional Programme. This includes webinars that cover extensive topics base on everything you have learnt in the online training and Exclusive Access Event. You will be able to ask questions in a Q&A session, network and build relationships in a collaborative environment, asking more detailed questions about the course, your career or the industry.
Mentor+ - Gain access to our team of mentors throughout your 12-month 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.
This course is made up of 16 modules, including:
We not only learn by listening but by asking questions, 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) three important people in this industry. First, Xabier deBeristain Humphrey. Xabier is the Football Intermediary who successfully signed Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea for a record 71m! Other career highlights include transfers for Robert Pires, Gael Clichy (both for Arsenal), Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia) and Danny Simpson (Leicester City).
QPR's Director of Football and ex-Premier League player Les Ferdinand will also be at the Exclusive Access Event, to share his wisdom and advice on becoming a successful Football Intermediary from the club’s perspective. His insider knowledge of how owners review and select new players is invaluable for our students and his advice will really help you see the other side of the business. Les played for a range of teams throughout his career, including QPR, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and England.
Another ex-Premier League player to attend the Exclusive Access Event is Paul McVeigh, who will not only pass on key information on maintaining and supporting players psychological and mental state but, like all our guest speakers, Paul will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Career highlights include playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Leeds, Leicester and Sheffield United.
This course is a blend of online and classroom-based learning, through our eLearning certificate course and one-day Exclusive Access Event, which provides delegates with a practical and hands-on approach to learning, which can’t be gained anywhere else.
When is the event being held? – 13th February 2020 (09:30 – 18:00). If you can't make this event, call to discuss our future event plans.
Where will this event be? – The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (formerly Loftus Road), South Africa Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7PJ.
Who will be running the training? – Football Intermediary and Sports Lawyer Xabier deBeristain Humphrey, ex-Premier League player and QPR's Director of Football - Les Ferdinand and ex-Premier League player turned Keynote speaker - Paul McVeigh.
How much will the programme cost? - The full programme is £1,995. We offer a range of payment options, including: Payment in full (benefit from an extra 10% off), split the payment into 3 monthly payments, or apply for finance (spread the cost over up to 24 months. This option 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.
Exclusive materials only available to those on the Football Intermediary Professional Programme including webinars that cover extensive topics. You will be able to ask questions in a Q&A session, network and build relationships in a collaborative environment, asking more detailed questions about the course, your career or the industry. This is also the best way to prepare for the Exclusive Access Event hosted by e-Careers
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, DBW Global, has supported a wide range of football players, including:
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.
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.
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 Renaldo 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:
Over 500 delegates have attended this course and learnt from some the industries greatest!
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:
We’ve made the enrolment process as easy as possible, with 3 different ways to enrol:
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.
The Football Intermediary Certificate is 100% online and you will have access to these course materials 24/7 for a period of 12 months.
The Exclusive Access Event will be held on the 13th February 2020 (09:30 – 18:00), at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, South Africa Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7PJ.
If you can’t make this date, don’t worry. We’ll be holding these events every quarter, so you’ll be sure to find an event that suits your schedule.
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.
The cost of the investment into your future as a Football Intermediary is just £1,995 (Inc. VAT).
We offer three payment options to make enrolling on this course easier for you:
We have a range of blogposts you can explore, to discover more about becoming a Football Intermediary and the industry in general.