Richard Harcus

Head Of Football

  • Date Joined: 26th October 2017
I have a MASTERS DEGREE IN SPORTS MANAGEMENT, (Johan Cruyff Institute) I am an Elite Coach and Scout, currently working as Head of Football Operations for an Elite Academy in Vietnam.

I am a fully qualified PFSA scout and enjoy a working relationship with many front running teams in the English Premiership, Spanish La Liga and German Budesliga. I have conducted Talent ID for AS Roma and have experience in Player Analysis, Opponent Analysis, recently assisting and supplying the FA and England U20 staff a full breakdown and in-depth Opposition Analysis on the Argentina U20 team, when they played Vietnam, prior to England’s victorious U20 World Cup campaign. I am capable in Sportscode, Prozone/Opta, Coach Paint and Scout7 ISF. I am the Head scout for GPS South East Asia, which allows me to scout youth players for the Valencia CF Academy, Summer Camp and Elite training camps, as well as Talent ID programs.

My current position with Fox Football Vietnam, Head of Football Operations. I oversee an elite youth development academy of over 460 players, which requires me to source, interview and hire all coaches for our development programs across our U4 to U18 Age groups, as well as our Summer Camp’s, Goalkeeper Classes, Strength & Conditioning sessions and our various School programs.

Once they are successful in working with Fox Football, I am responsible for their Coach Development, training of the Age Appropriate Curriculum (which I created and designed using my own devised Player Development model spanning from U4 to adults, 9 curriculums of 1 year each, in all). My main priority, after this, is to ensure the elite delivery of the curriculum across all age groups, to ensure that our players receive the best standard of coaching.

My current role also involves staff management and education, on field assessments, coach operations and supporting the delivery of coaching courses. I am also responsible for assisting the coaches along their own development pathway. In order to do this, I have to have a full understanding of the FA pathway, the SFA pathway, the US pathways system, various Asian Federation Pathways and the various bodies across Europe (such as the FAI, FEF and more). In order to find the very best coaches, I am also responsible for advertising and networking, to ensure that only the best, qualified, driven and dedicated coaches are interviewed.

I have an unparalleled knowledge of football business and marketing. I have contacts across National FA’s, Club teams and Youth Development Academies in several cities in countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, Korea, China, Cambodia, Thailand, as well as across Europe and over 24 States in the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico and many more. I have a full and experienced knowledge on the FA’s EPPP program, and follow this guideline throughout my coaching and implement this, where applicable, in the academy. I also ensure the delivery of the coaching program, that I have created are followed throughout the developmental phases and oversee the holistic development of players through technical, physical, social and psychological profiling, recording all data in respect of player development.

I ensure and facilitate my academy (and other academies entering our leagues and tournaments, as well as our academy, when entering other tournaments) have a full registration process. I then oversee all aspects of our teams oversees and clubs visiting Vietnam, I ensure the safety and professionalism of each team throughout the duration of the league or tournament.

I have a full understanding and accountability for my own personal growth, undertaking self-development to ensure knowledge in relation to all aspects of coaching and coach development ensuring it is up-to-date and forward thinking; building relationships throughout the Academy and broader Club. As coach educator I can then pass this drive and knowledge on to ensure I’m aware of the up-to-date training needs analysis of every individual player/coach’s current and required level of performance; observing performance and providing feedback to aid development.


I ensure every coach and player has a personalised development action plan that is tailored to meet their needs and which they buy-in to as a ‘living’ document. I work with coaches to develop their abilities and potential, ensuring coaches hold required qualifications and up-to-date licensing, also ensuring all coaching staff are working effectively as part of a Multidisciplinary Team and can identify and understand the benefits of such.

I have put my own playing philosophy and coaching philosophy in place and I oversee that this is being followed across all levels, sex’s and age groups. These are all paramount to contribute to the development of an elite learning environment.

My administration skills are second to none I thrive on bettering myself in delivery, presentation, coaching and self education. I believe that in order to inspire coaches and players, you must lead from the front to continually try to better yourself.

I have also written, designed, coached, trained and delivered Elite & Recreational Camps and Clinics, both Residential and Non Residential.

I have also been hugely involved in Community programs, working (and sourcing) local and International sponsors, building the club brand and connecting it to the community. I have experience in providing half time entertainment, community workshops, youth initiatives and player appearances.

I also have experience in Player Liaison, ensuring that players (and families) are cared for when they join a club and are able to settle quickly in their new environment. This can come in many forms such as hotel, housing, transport, children’s school locations and identification and more.

In my spare time I like to read about the history of football management and tactics. I have compiled my own series our tactical analysis on many current EPL managers and how to break down their systems.

As you can see, I have a wide range of skills and experiences that I would like to further utilise at your club.
Richard Harcus

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • : Masters in Sport Manangement


    Masters in Sport Manangement
    2018

  • NSCAA: Advanced National Outfield Diploma

    NSCAA
    Advanced National Outfield Diploma
    2017

  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA): National Advanced Diploma

    National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
    National Advanced Diploma
    2016

  • NSCAA: Advanced National GK Diploma

    NSCAA
    Advanced National GK Diploma
    2016

  • FAW: C Licence

    FAW
    C Licence
    2016

  • Professional Football Scouts Association: PFSA Level 3

    Professional Football Scouts Association
    PFSA Level 3
    2016

  • Professional Football Scouts Association: PFSA Level 2

    Professional Football Scouts Association
    PFSA Level 2
    2016

  • Professional Football Scouts Association: Level 1 in Talent Identification in Football

    Professional Football Scouts Association
    Level 1 in Talent Identification in Football
    2016

  • The Football Association: Player & Match Analysis

    The Football Association
    Player & Match Analysis
    2016

  • NSCAA: Level 1 Coaching Diploma

    NSCAA
    Level 1 Coaching Diploma
    2015

  • The Football Association: Fitness for Football

    The Football Association
    Fitness for Football
    2015

  • The Football Association: Futsal Level 1

    The Football Association
    Futsal Level 1
    2015

  • The Football Association: Level 1 Psychology

    The Football Association
    Level 1 Psychology
    2015

  • : International C Lisence


    International C Lisence
    2015

  • The Football Association: Player & Match Analysis

    The Football Association
    Player & Match Analysis
    2014

  • The Football Association: Talent ID Award Level 1

    The Football Association
    Talent ID Award Level 1
    2014

  • The Football Association: Laws of the Game

    The Football Association
    Laws of the Game
    2014

  • The Football Association: Intermediate First Aid for Sport

    The Football Association
    Intermediate First Aid for Sport
    2014

  • The Football Association: Emergency First Aid

    The Football Association
    Emergency First Aid
    2014

  • Scottish Football Association: Early Touches & Development Certificates

    Scottish Football Association
    Early Touches & Development Certificates
    2013

  • Scottish Football Association: Children Level 1.1 - 1.3 Certificates

    Scottish Football Association
    Children Level 1.1 - 1.3 Certificates
    2013

Key Achievements

  • Ho Chi Minh City Youth League Champions 2017
  • Saigon Premier League Champions 2016
  • International Saigon Premier League Champions 2015
  • Director and Head of Football @ Fox Football Vietnam talks talent identification and scouting!

    The PFSA

  • SingaCup Football Experience

    JunpiterFutbol

  • Juventus Soccer School Adult Training Session

    Red Card TV

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