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About Us

First Wave has been at the forefront of international sports marketing for over 20 years, during which time a reputation for honesty, reliability, integrity and civility has been garnered and steadfastly maintained. First Wave has overseen the careers of many top international players and continues to make itself accessible to all players from youth level upwards.


Graham Smith, the company’s President, founded First Wave in 1990. Originally based in the UK, the company opened offices in California in 1995, and is now permanently entrenched in the US market. Having transacted in excess of $100 million in international transfers, the company continues to offer scouting and recruitment services worldwide.  Diversity in the sport has resulted in First Wave offering a bespoke service to players, coaches, clubs and also organizations requiring consultancy advice.

First Wave has successfully effected numerous transfers worldwide with players having signed for clubs such as Liverpool, Man Utd, Everton, Real Madrid etc.

First Wave was one of the founding agencies who brought players to MLS in the early nineties, and has continued to do so.

Whilst representing several head coaches in MLS, First Wave originally brought many of them as players to the US, before they eventually graduated to Head Coaching positions.

First Wave has the wherewithal through our young executive staff to ensure that an up-to-date approach is maintained in our representational and communicational activities, designed to engender and maintain the most effective results for our clients.


Operating on a worldwide basis, First Wave has associate offices in Australia, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Brazil and the UK. 

First Wave has the wherewithal to offer training camps, exhibition games and player transfers to and from these various regions, and can also call upon the legal expertise of the practitioners therein.

First Wave pioneered the international training camps for teams coming to the US for competition against MLS teams, and has provided the opposition for the MLS All-star games on two separate occasions. Everton, Aston Villa, West Ham, Sunderland, Swansea, West Brom, GAIS, AIK, Club America, Morelia, Santos Laguna and Tigres have all been commissioned by First Wave over the last 20 years.

Furthermore, here at First Wave, we have worked extensively throughout the UK in the top 5 divisions in England (Premier League, Championship, League’s 1/2 and the Conference and also the top 2 divisions in Scotland (Scottish Premier League and 1st Division). In addition to this, we also have a great amount of contacts inside of Europe. With visa regulations for Europe’s major leagues, it makes things extremely complicated for non-EU players to secure work permits. Belgium, Finland, Poland and Scandinavia are territories that we have used to help players find clubs and therefore secure EU citizenship after 2 years.

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