A professional football club can’t exist without players, which is the reason why all clubs need to find and employ players.
There are two ways for a club to find a new player. The first way is to have a club for young boys and nurture them from a very young age. This is why so many clubs start their own youth academies or partner with other youth academies.
The second way is to buy a player from another club. When this happens, the buying club typically has to pay a transfer fee. A transfer fee usually means buying out the player from the contract he has with another club. Once clubs agree on the fee, the new club negotiates a new contract with the player.
Sometimes clubs give players a free transfer. This typically happens when a club doesn’t need a player anymore and it is cheaper for the club to simply let the player go than to continue paying him a salary.
Finally, clubs can also sign players that currently do not have a contract with any of the other clubs. In this case, a club simply negotiates a contract with a player and doesn’t need to pay any fees to the other club.
Not all clubs are able to retain players full-time. For example, some clubs in the Scottish Third Division have small budgets and can’t afford to pay players full-time salaries. For this reason, they hire players part-time. The players get a flat fee to participate in the games. The games get about 300 spectators per week.
Really big clubs, on the other hand, employ not only players but also reserve players and staff. An average club with full-time players employs about 30 of them. Large clubs can have 50 players or more. They may also have full-time contracts for promising young players and reserve them.