Former Portuguese Footballer Luis Figo launches football scouting app
Why your dream of being a professional footballer may not be over just yet
Have you ever thought you were good enough to be a professional footballer but it didn’t happen for you? You didn’t get the chances, you had no luck and all looked lost. However, there is good news as Luis Figo is here to help.
The former Portugal star and World Player of the year recently launched a new app called Dream Football in the hope of discovering the next big thing. The premise is simple: talented young players can film themselves playing and send in footage of their best clips in the hope of attracting attention from clubs and scouts. In addition, each month the best rated players will receive feedback from Figo himself and Dream Footballer’s team of experts.
Launched in Lisbon by Figo and his business partner Joao Guerra, the app is certainly a novel idea and Figo has big plans for it. It originally started 5 years ago as a basic website with around 100,000 users but with the new free apps on Android and IOS and the website itself being given an overhaul, Figo himself is targeting 100 million downloads. Figo believes that players from regions such as Africa and Oceania that aren’t scouted as rigorously could really benefit but stresses that all players can sign up. The main goal of the app is to ensure “that no talent regardless of Geography or playing level, will be left behind”.
Dream Football isn’t entirely the first of its kind. There are other scouting services such as Wyscout– what separates Dream Football from its competition is its accessibility and its price. Not only is it the only one of its kind to have apps to coincide with the website, but it trumps its rivals in price. Services such as Wyscout are subscription based and some of the site’s better services can be upwards of £200 a month. Dream Football is entirely free. For sites like Wyscout they are simply pricing many youngsters out of a chance.
Are players from a working class background going to spend hundreds of pounds a year for a service which might give them a breakthrough?
The app coincides with a phenomenon in recent years of footballers emerging after spending time in lower divisions. Perhaps most notable on these shores is the story of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. Vardy in the space of just over five years went from playing part-time footballer to star striker of the Premier League winners. The hope is that the next Jamie Vardy will be discovered a lot quicker with this app.
So will Dream Football be a success? Ultimately it’s hard to tell but on paper the signs are promising. With rewards each month and an easy way to use website, there is no reason to not give it a chance. Of course there is the possibility that it’s simply selling false dreams to young footballers. However, it is free, so any talented footballer should give it a chance. And with that, I’m off to go fetch my boots.