As soccer becomes more popular in the United States, more players will be developed that are good enough to go pro, either as a member of an MLS team or overseas. Those players are going to need agents—or as FIFA calls them, intermediaries.
By FIFA’s definition, an intermediary is the equivalent of an agent. But the process that it takes to become an official intermediary is a lot different.
With the passage of new legislation in 2015, FIFA no longer has an official licensing system. In fact, there are no longer any formal qualifications. All a person needs to do to get started is register with their national football association (FA).
When you register, there will be a registration fee (which varies from country to country; it is $400 in the U.S.). You will also have to sign an Intermediary Declaration promising you will work within the rules of the FA. Registrations will have to be renewed every year (costing $50 in the U.S.).
You will also need to pass what FIFA calls a “Test of Good Character and Reputation for Intermediaries.” It sounds like they are referring to a background check. You will also need to prove you do not have a criminal record.
Associations are allowed to add whatever additional requirements they see fit. For example, anyone convicted of a violent crime or a financial one is ineligible to register as an intermediary in the U.S.
With soccer, there are fewer hoops to jump through, but like with the other major sports, becoming an intermediary and knowing how to do the job are two different things. But with the help of Agency Athlete’s Sports Agent Training Academy, you learn how to do the job right from industry pros.
If you are going to do it, you might as well learn how to do it right.