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Football coaches develop the skills and motivation of football players and teams.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £250,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need coaching qualifications from The Football Association (FA). Qualifications start at Level 1 and go all the way up to the UEFA A Licence for the semi-professional and professional game.

FA qualifications are available at colleges and training centres. You could also take them as part of a sports degree.

You’ll usually need to take The FA Emergency Aid (EA) course. It's recommended that you follow this with The FA Basic First Aid Course for Sport (BFAS). These are run by the County FAs.

If you want to work as a football coach in the community, you could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may also find work as a volunteer at a local football club.

To coach children or vulnerable adults, you must pass a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). You’ll also need to do The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • analytical ability for giving useful feedback
  • flexibility to adapt teaching methods for different ages and abilities
  • organisational and planning skills

3. What you'll do

You may work with children, young people or adults. You may be the only coach, or part of a team at a larger club.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • planning and running amateur, semi-professional or professional coaching sessions
  • providing feedback on performance and fitness
  • discussing tactics
  • giving guidance on nutrition and injury prevention
  • keeping up to date with good practice
  • helping players keep a positive mental attitude and self-discipline

You may also need to talk to newspaper and television reporters.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £21,000

Experienced: £22,000 to £26,000

Highly Experienced: up to £250,000 (Football League or Premiership)

Community coaching jobs may pay by the hour and be seasonal. Others may not pay at all.

Salaries vary widely and many higher salaries are not disclosed.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Community coaching jobs are often part-time. You'll usually combine coaching with other full-time work.

As a coach for a professional team, you may run training sessions every day. You'll travel to evening and weekend matches around the UK and abroad.

You’ll usually need a full driving licence.

You’ll be outside in all weathers.

6. Career path and progression

As a community coach, with further training you could move into sports development or youth work.

As a coach for a professional team, you could move to a bigger or higher profile club.

You could also move into a specialist area like sports psychology or goalkeeping coaching.

The FA Licensed Coaches' Club offers continuing training and progression for coaches.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018