J-League club Urawa Reds have modernized their scouting department through introducing Wyscout Scouting Area.
Now there is no need to solely rely on agents or international scouts when it comes to player evaluation and talent acquisition. In this article, learn how scouting software has revolutionized the recruitment workflow at this leading Japanese club.
Football talents can be rare commodities that can crop up anywhere in the world. Even for a club with huge resources, it is impossible to cover the entire globe by the physical presence of scouts or a network of agents.
At a time when the demand for high potential talents has never been higher, a club with a smaller budget than global elite teams has to be even more innovative in their approach to recruitment. Technology has enabled the creation of innovative tools that have allowed clubs to bring the entire recruitment process in-house.
Urawa Reds focus their scouting on three categories of players:
- Youth footballers from Japanese high-schools and universities
- Professional players from within the country
- Overseas players
As a technical director, Nishino is in charge of talent acquisition within the club. His recruitment team consists of three scouts, two scouts responsible for high school and university players, the other responsible for domestic professional competition.“ The management department staff, including myself and a sporting director are now identifying talent on Wyscout,” said Nishino.
The Wyscout Scouting Area combines scouting reports, curated video clips as well as performance and career data to provide a comprehensive view on potential signings. What is also important for Urawa Reds is that the platform allows them to organize the recruitment team’s workflow more efficiently. “It’s useful not only for finding information about a player but also sharing this information throughout our scouting staff,” said Nishino.
“First of all, we set player profiles for Urawa Reds for each position. Then based on that profile, the scouting staff watch the videos and finally that information is shared easily through the cloud, after visiting the game, we create a scouting report on Scouting Area” he explained. Wyscout Scouting Area is a communication tool as well, and I can share my thoughts on a player, back them up with video evidence and initiate a discussion within my team.”
“Now we can watch any match in the world, create video clips very easily and get information of any player, any club, any league at our fingertips.”Tsutomu Nishino, Technical Director, Urawa Reds
The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on clubs globally has forced them to adjust to a remote recruitment strategy and has resulted, many clubs creating new and more efficient workflows that can be continued in the post-pandemic world. “Now we cannot imagine our work without the Wyscout system,” explained Nishino.
“Additionally, now in football there is so much more information on players than before. What we do is we make lists of international players that are potentially of our interest and then start researching them. Without Wyscout, it'd be impossible to get the information of those players in the first place.”