The Scouted Football Handbook is your definitive, in-depth guide to the world's most interesting young prospects.

Every February, May, August and November, our team of dedicated analysts come together to collate a 25-man squad of our favourite young players. Defensive stalwarts, mercurial midfielders, lethal forwards – all profiled in detail.

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The Handbook looks great, wherever you're reading.

Every year we enlist the talents of a resident cover artist to make the Handbook a striking addition to any bookshelf, coffee table, office, bathroom (where we all do our reading, let's be honest) or anywhere else requiring a splash of colour and a dose of footballing aesthetics.

For 2020, we're delighted to welcome Matthew Shipley, who follows in the footsteps of 2019's brilliant cover artist Federico Manasse. Matthew's striking work is complemented in each issue by the excellent Karl Thyer, who brings every featured player to life via his iconic characters. We've also been joined in 2020 by Jason Woods, known as GunnerballZ, to illustrate our chapter headings.

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Comprehensive prose, thoroughly researched.

Since our inception in 2014, Scouted Football have endeavoured to find the best scouts, writers and youth football experts in the world. In the Handbooks they come together to deliver the most comprehensively researched long-form pieces on youth football available anywhere.

Our core group of writers is joined by a selection of rotating guest authors to ensure coverage on stars from every corner of the footballing world. Accompanying the expected European top five we feature experts on the Brasileirão, the Russian Premier League, MLS and beyond.

Each profile is split into three sections: an introduction reviewing the player's career so far, a comprehensive section on their style of play, and a forecast for their future, so you know where to expect their development to head next.


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It would mean the world to us if you would consider purchasing a copy of the Handbook. Scouted is entirely self-funded, so every book we sell makes a huge difference. Support independent print media by grabbing the physical Handbook today. Alternatively, digital editions of all our publications are available to download and keep for the price of a coffee.

However you choose to support us, we hope you love our work as much as we do putting it together.