Football coaches develop the skills and motivation of football players and teams.
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.
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.
2. Skills required
- 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.
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 2017