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So, how can you tell if you've got what it takes to make it as a professional footballer?
The Sport Academy asked Roger Skyrme, a scout with Fulham FC, to reveal exactly what he looks for in a young player.
See how you measure up.
It doesn't take a scout to pick out the best player on a pitch.
We're looking for more than just raw talent.
You'll rarely see me with my eyes on the ball during a match.
I need to find out about a player's character.
So I'll be busy looking at things like their position on the pitch, and whether they're prepared to get stuck in and help their team-mates out.
A player must have the right attitude.
It's ultra competitive out there, and very few players make it at the top level.
To succeed, you've got to have something special in your make-up that will help you rise above the rest.
I'll often arrange to meet a young player's family and find out a bit more about his background before deciding if I'm going to recommend him to a club.
You should make sure you have every chance of being spotted by playing at the highest possible standard.
You'll probably start off playing for your school team or local club side.
If you're any good you should progress to your district or county team and maybe even represent your country at school or youth level.