Oldest age you can be scouted Watch
I've just turned 18 years old and would really like to be a professional footballer one day, but I'm quite old. I've only ever played with friends or at school but with no great ambitions and wouldn't join the team because just wasn't that interested. however recently I've become very much interested in playing for a team and taking it seriously and was wondering what my first step should be, and whether 18 year olds can be scouted for an academy or whether I'm too old. (i also know its very unlikely anyway, so you don't need to explain that to me haha)
Each county had divisions at a youth age for sunday football leauges where scouts tend to watch the top divisions teams now and then.
You would only have a chance if you went to a open trial, i know Villa did one last year where some of my mates went.
Someone I know has just signed a contract with linfield in the league if Ireland. They ultimately want to get a move to the Scottish premiership and maybe eventually England/the prem. this person was 19 when offered the deal and had not been in an academy prior to this