For many people working in soccer, the word scout quickly passes their lips. The term has become established. However, many people from clubs and associations still find it difficult to outline the exact job description of a scout. Even media companies, people in soccer journalism and soccer scientists do not have a uniform description of the function of a soccer scout.
Scouts are sometimes confused with assistant coaches, tactics coaches, match analysts, video analysts, match observers or even player agents or consultants.
In principle, the scout, who is now usually employed on a permanent basis, has the task of discovering players at other clubs who fit perfectly into their own system. These can be young talents, but also seasoned professionals.Scouts are therefore sighters and seekers.
They look for players in a very targeted manner and search for players in line with the requirements profile of their own club.