The days are over when incognito retirees acting as scouts for Bundesliga teams visit the youth leagues and offer up – hot dog in hand – well informed expert tips like, “Thereʼs one for us,” to the teamʼs management. Data analysis tools of the digital age will have largely replaced gut feelings.

Recruiting will be systematized 

Assuming that players can be contacted by other clubs, tested, and involved in contract negotiations regardless of their existing contractual obligations, the recruitment of professional football players will become more and more systematic. It is likely that in 2025, with the help of intelligent ball-throwing robots, scouting will be able to test and store information not only about the individual quality of ball reception, ball passing and shooting technique, as well as the cognitive abilities of a transfer candidate, such as speed of action, concentration and stress resistance. Sensors will collect the candidateʼs biometric values ​​and then provide insights into the state of stress and physical capacity under laboratory conditions. 

Footbonaut will be an integral element

The first ball-throwing robot of this kind came into the world in 2013 in Dortmund and was presented to the public as the “Footbonaut” or “Wondermachine”. By 2025, the machine will probably be a fixture of scouting in the leading professional clubs throughout Europe. Based on available individual data, football laboratories will even be able to determine whether a potential rookie is a good fit for the team and able to strengthen individual team blocks. After all, a standardized personality profile provides information about how well a player, based on personality, fits into the framework of a team or is able to fill specific gaps in the current team.