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San Diego FC

San Diego FC

Talent Scout - Academy Football - Mexico


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May 31, 2024


About the job

San Diego FC (San Diego FC) is the newest member of the MLS family. As part of the unique Right to Dream model and the Sycuan Tribe’s deep roots, we are proud to be building a San Diego-centric soccer organization that honours our history and celebrates emerging excellence.


Based in Tijuana, Mexico, the Talent Scout will identify talent with significant future potential (aged 12-17 years) from Mexico, particularly within the FIFA specified SDFC homegrown territory within 50km of the border. They will bring an extensive knowledge base of and network from these soccer communities, whilst working within the existing framework for talent scouting set by SDFC and RTD.

This role will also support the EVP and other leaders with soccer operation tasks that aid the development of the academy.

Reporting to the Director of talent scouting in Mexico, they will also cooperate with the Head of Talent Scouting & Recruitment and EVP Academy. They will align with other SDFC scouts, and the work being done by Right to Dream scouts globally. They will embrace and understand the cultural dynamics, opportunities, and potential role of SDFC and RTD in the US and Mexican soccer ecosystem.


Primary Role:

Scout potential players for the academy
Support other strategic scouting projects and operational needs

Secondary Role:

Support the EVP Academy and other department leads with specific operational tasks to aid the development of the academy (some travel logistics, event operations, presentation, etc.)

Key Responsibilities:

Attend games, tryouts and tournaments at varying levels to build a knowledge of players
Recommend the most suitable players on a regular basis as per the department processes
Undertake analysis and due diligence on relevant target players
Build and maintain a network of contacts in local soccer communities to facilitate recruitment, player development, fan engagement and the growth of the game
Liaise with and support Academy staff to arrange trials and visits for target players
Develop an intimate knowledge of the talent pool in the local community and SDFC
Support player recruitment at an interpersonal level, engaging with player and family transitions and undertaking home visits if required


Candidates can meet the requirements with a combination of experience in the following areas:


Bilingual (Spanish & English) mandatory
4 years of experience in professional soccer scouting role
Track record in talent identification of elite academy soccer players
Deep knowledge and network of local (Mexico) youth soccer
Knowledge of youth, college and pro player pathways
Understanding of professional soccer club player development
Experience in other soccer operations roles
Share in the values of SDFC and Right to Dream; appreciates the importance of character, education, and pathway in addition to football potential
Desirable: Knowledge of areas that are of strategic interest to SDFC, e.g. Mexico, Native American Reservations, NCAA, and residential programs.


Our VISION is to be the epicenter of football excellence and innovation in North America

Our MISSION is to create opportunities for talent to flourish and San Diego to shine

We value community, diversity, and acting with purpose. We are looking for leaders at all levels to co-create the culture of a new organization that is built on the premise that you can discover, understand, and re-define excellence by nurturing talent and creating opportunity anywhere – specifically though soccer.

Globally, Right to Dream partners with talented young people to give them a nurturing environment to flourish and thrive. We do this through a holistic model of athletic development, where young people grow as human beings and great footballers. RTD’s promise is set out in their Manifesto: a set of 8 commitments which will be central to the San Diego FC ethos from the front office to the field, when games start at Snapdragon Stadium in 2025.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a great team building something meaningful for San Diego. We offer excellent benefits including health coverages with generous company contributions, over 40 days of paid time off, and a 4% company match on your 401(k). Soccer is humanity and together, we can make a meaningful impact both on and off the field, fostering a culture that embraces excellence and equal opportunities. SDFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We encourage all individuals who share our commitment to community and soccer to apply Soccer is humanity and together, we can make a meaningful impact both on and off the field, fostering a culture that embraces excellence and equal opportunities. SDFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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