Like most clubs, we have a network of scouts who work for the club on a local and national basis, as well as other contacts. The scouts look at players from under-6's up to professional levels and will make recommendations on players that we may consider to invite for a trial.

Furthermore, we have two talent centre's based within Oxfordshire which allow us to identify potential talent within the specific locations (Oxford and Bicester). To find out more about these, please head to website (

It is important to note that any Oxford United Football Club Scout that approaches a player will have appropriate ID. Any approach from someone purporting to be from the club, but who does not have sufficient ID should not be taken seriously.

If you are approached and are unsure of the validity of the approach, please email the club at and someone will be in touch as soon as possible.

Can I write in to be invited to an open trial?

We regularly host trials during half-terms and school holidays, we announce these via the club website at least one month before the date of the trial. Furthermore, we always try and watch players at their local club/school based on recommendations before inviting them in for trial. However, if we do not manage to watch the player, we will invite them to one of the centres above. a Anyone requesting a trial should do so via the link below and they should always include a fixture list for their teams along with directions and anything else that might help (e.g. club, age group and manager contact number).

Request an assessment: CLICK HERE

How can I be sure that my talent has not been overlooked?

Rest assured, with literally thousands of scouts representing the various clubs, if you have the required level of ability, you should be spotted. Our scouts may or may not be wearing club branded clothing. Many people don't think they have ever had a scout at their games when in fact just the opposite could be true.

I have waited years to be spotted. Should I give up?

Within reason it's never too late. Some players mature later than others, and lots of top class professionals have entered the game at a relatively late stage. Keep playing the highest standard of football possible, and never give up hope, above all always try your best as you never know who is watching!

Due to the high levels of correspondence we receive, we are unable to enter into communication and respond to everyone. However, we will endeavour to get back to all people who do send an email. Please do not repeatedly contact us, as we will keep your trial request on our files and will either be in touch or come along to one of your games if we feel you have the qualities and skills we require.