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Football General Manager & Scouting Course

Soccer/Football Management & Scouting Course

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Soccer job training on the business side of the game. Learn the skills professional clubs are looking for in a new hire.

  • November 30, 2015 - January 25, 2016
  • Weekly Live Audio Chats: 
    Sunday with MLS Portland Timbers Scout Matt Martin from 10am-11am eastern (7am-8am pacific)
    Monday with ESPN Tommy Smyth & FIFA Agent John Print from 2pm - 3pm eastern (7pm-8pm  London GMT) 
  • Class size limited to 20 students

Become a Sports Agents Today!The Soccer Management and Scouting Course is an 8 week online course that offers cutting edge theories on how to develop a business career in professional soccer. Those individuals interested in working their way up in the world of soccer need insider knowledge on soccer club operations, soccer scouting and player management. If you want to further your career in soccer you need to learn and be mentored by those in the game. Students will learn the necessary techniques and strategies to be become a professional soccer scout and work on the business side of the game. The course is popular with those looking to start or advance their soccer career, including those currently working as a soccer coach, former players, and agents. May 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 Scout
College Scout
Soccer Coach
Soccer Agent
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 operation at a professional and amateur level including:

English Premier League, Championship, League 1 & 2, Conference North / South.
Spanish La Liga Primera División, 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.
Brazilain 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 relocate, this course can be taken from anywhere in the world.

Individuals will learn:

  • Defining the roles of a soccer management team
  • Analysis of how a football club operates
  • The role of a Chief Scout
  • How to construct an effective and successful team unit
  • The acquisition, analysis and scouting of individual players
  • Understanding game formation
  • First team & international scouting
  • How to assess a team – assessment of future opponents
  • The role and impact of agents in scouting
  • Salary caps
  • Analysis of Soccer Academies or Performance Centre of Excellence
  • How to write scouting reports for the different leagues

Live Weekly Audio Chat Instructors

You will enjoy getting to know Tommy Smyth & Matt Martin, with guest speakers in the weekly live interactive audio chats every week.

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. Smyth 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.  Smyths list of credentials is extensive.  He was covered the 2010 FIFA World Cup , UEFA European Football Championship 2008 (Euro 08), worked on three other FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and ’06) and the 1998 FIFA Men’s World Cup in France. He also provided studio analysis for ESPN2’s World Cup 2Night, and ESPN & ESPN2’s pre-game and halftime coverage.  He co-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 has also provided game analysis for Major League Soccer’s NY/NJ Metrostars as well as national MLS telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2. Smyth has also worked as an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of MLS.

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
United States and coordinating the efforts of 6 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. 

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

 Guest Speakers:

Tim Regan
Tim Regan is currently Head Coach for North American Soccer League's Indy Elevens. 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 a
former 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 is a professional football scout currently working for
 Aston Villa in the 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 the current Chief Scout of English League Two side BurtonAlbion who are currently challenging for promotion.

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 was 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!"


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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 (graduate or undergraduate) 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 info@smww.com 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 SMWWscouts.com. 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.

Become a Sports Agents Today!

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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. 



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