Apprentice Reviews

Signing Professional Terms - Using An Agent Or Not

In: July |
30/06/15 |

If you are offered a professional deal by your Football Club and wish to obtain any advice about the terms and conditions of this contract, please remember you can contact The Professional Footballers’ Association for advice.

As a member of the players union you will be entitled to advice from the PFA, who are able to provide hands-on representation in contract negotiations.

The Football Association is responsible for the governance of Football Agents, so if you choose not to contact The PFA for advice, full guidance can also be obtained from The FA website – or via their dedicated helpline on 0844 980 8213.

Key points to remember

  • Players must ensure that any Agent they use to carry out Agency Activity is authorised by The FA.
  • If Players don’t want to use an Agent, they don’t have to.
  • If Players have a contract with an Agent, they may still have to pay the Agent even if they don’t use him (depending on the terms that the Player negotiates in the Player/Agent contract).
  • Players can use close relations to act as their Agents (e.g. brothers, parents etc) but only if there is no payment for their services.
  • If you are in doubt as to the status of an Agent, ask to see proof, contact The FA or check The FA’s website which lists all Authorised Agents.
  • If Players use an Agent they must have a written contract in place. They must ensure that they get a copy of the contract and that it is signed and dated.