The PFA have received a number of enquiries in recent months in relation to suspect opportunities for trials overseas. Persons purporting to be intermediaries / associates of clubs making contact with players in regards to trials / contractual opportunities.
The persons purporting to be intermediaries will often approach players via their social media accounts and make promises to the player/parent of arranging a trial in exchange for a "fee" paid up front. As a professional player, you should never have to pay an intermediary before signing with a club. Many professional footballers will prefer to use an intermediary to help arrange trials or organise contracts with clubs and it is therefore important that players and parents remember to stay vigilant and ensure they: check the intermediary is registered with the FA and never pay an intermediary before signing with a club. If you are unsure, you can always check with the club in question to ensure they are aware of the intermediary or know the player will be attending for a trial.
We are advising players and parents to remain vigilant with regards to this.
Find out more..
The following links will help you find more information on recognising suspect correspondence, with up to date information on different suspect intermediaries/opportunities published weekly:
Fifpro | Fake agent blog: click here
Fifpro | Fake agents: click here
If you have any concerns or doubts about any correspondence received, please do not hesitate to contact the PFA on the details provided below for further advice:
t: 0161 236 0575