Soccer Management and Scouting Course
Advance your soccer career with MLS & EPL Instructors!

The Soccer Management and Scouting Course is an 8 week online course that provides cutting edge theories on how to develop a business career in professional soccer.

Mentors from top professional soccer leagues (MLS, EPL, English Football League) provide inside knowledge and an in-depth insight into soccer club operations, opposition analysis, youth and first team scouting and soccer player management. Learn the skills and theories used by professional teams around the world and develop a career in soccer.



Weekly Live Audio Chats with Your Mentors

Sundays: Matt Martin
10AM Eastern (US)
Tommy Smyth & John Print
2PM Eastern US
(7PM London GMT)

Class size limited to 20 Students

  • 8 week online course
  • Access SMWW Network
  • Resume Enhancement
  • Career Advice for
    years to come
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Your Soccer Career Starts Here

If you want to start or further your career in soccer you need to learn and be mentored by those with experience in the game. Students will learn techniques and strategies to become a professional soccer scout at first team and/or academy level. The course has graduates from around the world who are now working in the professional soccer. The course is popular with those looking to begin a soccer career, and also for those looking to advance their career as a soccer coach, former players, and agents.

The course may also qualify for university internship requirements.

This course is for you if you want to pursue or advance your career as a:

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  • Professional Soccer Scout
  • Opposition / Performance Analyst
  • Youth Academy Scout
  • College Soccer Scout
  • Soccer Coach
  • Soccer Agent
  • Director of Soccer
  • Club Manager
  • Player Personnel
  • Front Office
  • Soccer Administration (GM, Chief Executive, etc)
  • Sports Marketing
  • Account Manager
  • Media and Community Relations 
  • Soccer Internships

Students will be able to apply the course to clubs operations at both a professional and amateur level including:

  • MLS, NASL and USL
  • English Premier League, Championship, League 1 & 2, Conference North / South
  • Spanish La LigaPrimeraDivisión, Segunda, Segunda B, Terceara
  • Italian Serie A, Serie B, Lega Pro
  • German Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2,Liga 3, Regionalliga, Oberliga
  • French Ligue 1, Ligue 2, National, CFA, CFA 2
  • Mexican Primera Division, Liga de Ascenso, Segunda Division
  • Brazilian Campeonato Serie A, Serie B, Serie C, Serie D
  • Russian Premier League, FSN, 2nd Division, AFL
  • Scottish Premier League, First Division, Second Division, Third Division, Highlands
  • Australia - A League
  • Japan-  J-League

You do not need to re-locate to study Soccer Management & Scouting. This online course can be taken from anywhere in the world.

Individuals will learn:

  • Soccer Club Analysis – Playing side structure
  • The role of a Director of Soccer, Head Coach, Chief Scout
  • Role of academies in developing player
  • The four corners of elite player development
  • Understanding team formations and tactics
  • Constructing an effective and successful team unit
  • Assessing and analyzing individual players
  • Opposition team analysis
  • Pre-game Scouting Preparation
  • Utilizing data and external resources
  • How international player transfers work
  • Salary cap and UEFA FFP
  • The role of agents and scouting
  • How to write soccer focused analysis reports
  • The business of soccer

Live Weekly Audio Chat Instructors

During the 8-week course you will enjoy getting to know Tommy Smyth & Matt Martin in the live weekly interactive audio chats.

Tommy Smyth - ESPN Soccer Analyst

Irish born Tommy Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International.

Smyth has one of the most recognizable soccer voices in the world as a reputable soccer analyst and is particularly known for his memorable trademark comments during games. His expertise on the soccer side of the game is unsurpassed. As a mentor in the Soccer Management & Scouting Course he will assist you with molding your career path.

He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie 'A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He is also a regular guest on Talk Sport (UK) and co-host alongside Rodney Marsh on Grumpy Pundits broadcast on SiriusXM.

Smyths list of credentials is extensive and has provides commentary and analysis on club and international soccer. He has covered numerous FIFA World Cups and Confederation Championships, including the EURO's Copa America, Gold Cup and African Nations.

Smyth has also provided studio analysis for ESPN2's World Cup 2Night, and ESPN & ESPN2's pre-game and halftime coverage. He is also knowledgeable onSouth American soccer and hosted Latin Futbol Weekly on ESPN2, seen in more than 200 countries via ESPN International (1993-99). At ESPN, he has called over 2,500 international matches from all over the world. Leading up to the 2002 World Cup he co-hosted ESPN International's "Road to World Cup 2002," aired in over 150 countries.

Smyth currently provides game analysis and telecast commentary for ESPN's coverage of MLS, international club soccer and confederation qualifiers.

Matt Martin

Matt Martin is the Director of Domestic Scouting for the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer. Previously, Matt was the National Scouting Coordinator for Sporting Kansas City.

Matt covers collegiate, USL, NASL and MLS matches in the USA. He co-ordinates and manges the efforts of a team of regional scouts for recruitment and advanced scouting purposes. As a mentor in the Soccer Management & Scouting Course, Matt will work with you one on one and teach you cutting edge skills used at the top levels.

Prior to joining the Timbers, Matt joined Sporting Kansas City in 2011 and covered the Atlantic Coast through 2014 following a few years scouting for The New York Red Bulls. He began professionally scouting with The Scouting Network (TSN) of Birmingham, England after completion of SMWW's Soccer Scouting and Management Course in 2007. Matthew, a graduate of the University of Washington, has a background in coaching athletics and has been an advocate for the integration of modern scouting techniques and Information Management infrastructure in US professional soccer.

Matt and the entire scouting staff of the Portland Timbers are graduates of Sports Management Worldwide Soccer Management & Scouting course. Matt knows who and which teams are hiring within professional and college soccer.

Read this SB Nation Article: The Role of the Scout in MLS

Guest Speakers:

Tim Regan

Tim Regan is currently Interim Head Coach for North American Soccer League's Indy Eleven.

Formerly a Scout with US Soccer Federation and former Chief Scout of Toronto FC and a former US U-18 Men's National Team Assistant Coach. Tim is aformer standout with Bradley University and was drafted in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the New York MetroStars. After spending 3 seasons with the MetroStars, Tim was released and signed with Chivas USA. After a successful season with Chivas, Tim was sent back to New York with the now re-named New York Red Bulls. Tim spent his final season in MLS with the Red Bulls. He played one MLS match with Toronto FC in 2008 after signing a ten-day contract.

Overall, Tim played a total of 81 games over five seasons and left the league as one of the most well-liked players to pass through MLS.

Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons isEuropean Scout for Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

His primary roles is to assess forthcoming opponents and evaluate players across the UK and Europe. Steve has previously worked for Birmingham City, Southend United, Bristol Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers and is a graduate from the SMWW Soccer Management & Scouting course.


Paul Molesworth

Paul Molesworth is a former Chief Scout and current scouting consultant with vast experience of the English Premier League and Football League.

Previously Paul was Chief Scout for 2011-12 League 2 title winners, Swindon Town. He was also Chief Scout for Bristol Rovers, helping the club reach the Johnson Paints Trophy Final in 2006, followed a year later with a League 2 Wembley Play-off Final win and reaching a FA Cup Quarter Final in 2008. He began his scouting career working for Liverpool FC as Chief Scout for the Midlands area, a position he held for over 11 years.

Paul has worked as a Chief Scout through all levels of English football including Swansea City, Port Vale, Kidderminster Harriers, Greenock Morton, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town.

As a player Paul Molesworth was an accomplished left back making professional appearances for Walsall FC in England, Hamarun Spartans in Malta and AEK in Cyprus.

Scott Rezendes - Salary Capologist

Scott Rezendes is a current MLS club scout, former USL General, He was also the first employee of the Major League Soccer Players Union in 2006. His role gave him responsibility to manage player contracts and prepared agents and players for negotiations with the Major League Soccer office. He also has prior experience working with a sports arbitrator and is a consultant for European football teams regarding salary cap, player quotas and football finance issues.


The course facilitators will mentor and educate students with their vast experiences playing the game, managing the game, coaching the game and scouting at all levels of the game. You will finish the course with a new and diversified skill set in evaluating soccer talent, managing soccer organizations, and operating player personnel. You will also finish the course with an opportunity to build lasting relationships with the course facilitators and guest speakers in professional soccer worldwide. Not only will you have the "who you know", but you will have the "what you know!"

The MLS Portland Timbers Scouting Staff are ALL proud graduates of this course.

Matt Martin, instructor of Soccer Management and Scouting, and Portland Timbers Scout, brought his scouting department by our office this week. Each one has taken the Soccer Management and Scouting Course and now they have fulfilled their dreams of working in Soccer!

Joe Mauceri, Mid-Atlantic Regional Scout, bottom left, is a frequent guest speaker in this Course. Sitting next to him, bottom right, is Matt Martin. Top left to right: Joey Yusunas, Southwest Regional Scout, Andre Sherard, Regional College Scout, and Mike Schofield, Northeast Regional Scout. Each took the Soccer Management and Scouting course at various times throughout the years under Matt's direction. Through the course work and online chats, Matt was able to get a good grasp on their work ethic and scouting abilities. He hired each one onto his team upon completing their course. Congrats guys!

Course Details

Weekly Audio Chats - A unique aspect of each 8 week online course is the opportunity for students to participate weekly in interactive live audio chats with fellow students, Tommy Smyth, Matt Martin, and guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from your course facilitators. In addition the chat allows you to network within the international soccer industry and build lasting relationships with your course facilitators and fellow students. If you are unable to attend the chat they are recorded and archived and you can listen at a more convenient time.

Online Education - This innovative academic course is facilitated through a web-based educational delivery system. You will enjoy the live audio chats in addition to the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course project, and interaction amongst fellow sports business minded students and faculty. The course content is the foundation to a successful career on the business side of professional soccer!

Global Participation - SMWW students participate from over 140 countries. Courses have a international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic dicounts.

Earn University Credit: Most participants are not college students. Most participants are working full time in a variety of careers including many in sports from all over the world. (Many wish they had taken this course in college!) For those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, two-three hours of university credit is available. Click here for more information.

Military Discount - For those individuals who represent their country in military service we offer a discount. Please contact if you are active, reserve, or a retired member of your countries military system. Thank you for serving your country! (Please include what country and specific part of the military.)

Tax Write Off - (For USA Citizens) SMWW course tuition, books and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.

Sports Career Conferences - Throughout the year, Sports Management Worldwide hosts Sports Career Conferences at a variety of sporting events. These are fabulous networking events that put SMWW Alumni in the heart of the action. Opportunities to meet executives at all levels of sport are facilitated. Visit SMWW Sports Career Conferences to learn more. 

Read more about frequently asked questions at the Soccer Management & Scouting FAQ

Course Certificate & Resume Reference:

Successful graduates of the Soccer Management & Scouting Course will be sent a SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate represents not only your soccer scouting ability but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and ability to "self train" yourself for higher positions within the professional soccer industry.

In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW. This approval includes a personal reference you may add to your resume with contact information for Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and a reference that you have been mentored by Tim Regan, Steve Simmons, IMScouting and Matt Martin

Become a SMWW Scout:

Upon successful graduation of the Soccer Management & Scouting Course, individuals will be invited to join This is an exciting opportunity to advertise yourself as a certified scout and feature your scouting reports as a trained talent evaluator! This is a match making service for soccer scouts and those needing a soccer scout around the globe. It assists Managers, Coaches, Agents, and Teams looking for qualified talent evaluations with our certified SMWW Scouts! The site will include your own webpage with your picture and bio, with samples of your best scouting reports. It offers coaching staffs a chance to submit requests for scouting reports and find scouts by region. As a graduate of the Soccer Operations & Scouting Course you are eligible to apply for acceptance as a SMWW Scout and be featured on this exciting website. (Free upon graduation!)

Work for a Team:

Our goal is to see all Soccer Management & Scouting graduates gainfully employed in soccer worldwide. Your chances of accepting an offer of employment within professional soccer will improve by going through the program. SMWW will customize a soccer portfolio to assist you with your career goals.

Through our extensive network of professional soccer teams worldwide, soccer departments, and soccer organizations, our objective is to prepare you for when the right job opportunities become available. Numerous people that have gone through our programs are now employed in great positions and you could do the same. We want to help you launch your soccer career and help you find a position where you can be the most successful and satisfied.

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Cost: $1,450 
(includes all course textbooks, headset, microphone and access to web based classroom. Shipping additional.)
Payment plans available (as little as $495  a month).
See if you are eligible for an economic discount based on your country of residence.
Length: 8 Weeks; "Live" audio online chats weekly with renowned instructors!
Prerequisites: Must be 18 or older to participate and have a passion for sports
Payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Enroute, JCB, Diner's Club
(In the UK: 087 12884799)

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Academic Credit - Undergraduate

Warner Pacific College, (WP), is a liberal arts college located in Portland, Oregon, USA and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WP offers a separate Credit Overlay Program for Sports Management Worldwide's courses. Students interested in obtaining college credit for Sports Management Worldwide courses may do so after completion of each course.