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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Football Coach. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Football Coach
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Football Coach Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Football coaches develop the knowledge, techniques and motivation of groups and individuals through training programmes. They provide feedback and positive criticism on players'' performance, and discuss strategies and tactics. Coaches can work at an amateur or a professional level, and may work in the community with children or youth teams, or with academies and league clubs.

Coaches might work on ball control, passing, dribbling and shooting techniques with individual players, or develop attacking moves and set plays with teams. Coaches also work with players to achieve their optimum fitness through weight and flexibility training in the gym or on the pitch.

Some coaches of competitive teams may give guidance on nutrition, and injury recognition and prevention. They may also advise on maintaining a positive mental attitude and discipline. At a higher level, coaches may have to analyse matches and deal with the media.

Community football coaches work with clubs, schools and the local authority. Coaches encourage young people to develop themselves by using football as a positive role model. They work closely with the community in delivering opportunities for young people to build their skills.

Hours and Environment:

Football coaches that work with competitive teams or players have to be present at training sessions and competitions, resulting in long working hours. Travel may be required.

Most coaches spend their time outside, working in all weather conditions. This involves long periods of standing and watching others participate, mixed with periods of activity when the coach demonstrates or trains with participants. The majority of amateur coaches combine coaching with other full-time jobs.

Skills and Interests:

To be a football coach you should:

  • be enthusiastic and able to motivate others
  • have good communication skills
  • have a knowledge and interest in football techniques and tactics
  • have some footballing skill to demonstrate techniques
  • be energetic, physically fit and have stamina
  • be patient and determined
  • be able to offer tactful and positive criticism
  • have good organisational skills
  • have a confident and professional manner.


No formal academic qualifications are required, but coaches must have some experience of football and the qualifications that are acceptable to the national governing body of football, the Football Association (FA).

The level of football experience required can differ depending on the level at which the coach is working. League coaches may need some experience of playing league football.

New entrants with no coaching experience may need the FA Level 1 or 2 coaching qualification to work in a community setting. Psychology for Soccer Level 1 is available to all prospective coaches as an online qualification through the FA, and can give an insight into the psychology of coaching.

Degrees in sports science normally include modules on coaching techniques and may be an alternative for some prospective coaches. It may also be possible to enter the profession with a relevant BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Sports Studies or Sports Science.


Coaching qualifications are available through the Football Association and include:

1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Coaching (Club Coach)
1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching
1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching / UEFA Coaching Award
FA Youth Coaches Certificate (12-16 yrs)
FA Advanced Coaching Licence / UEFA Coaching Award

The Level 1 Certificate is the usual first step for prospective coaches with little or no experience and has no entry requirements. It may be possible to start on the Level 2 Certificate for those with some coaching experience.
It is usual for coaches working with children to attend training on child protection and first aid: most FA coaching certificates include this training.

NVQ/SVQ levels 3 and 4 in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations (Coaching, teaching and instructing) are available as on-the-job training awarded by City & Guilds (C&G), OCR, Edexcel and SQA.

Sports Coach UK offers an extensive programme of personal development courses for coaches from all sports and at every level. All courses provide necessary underpinning knowledge to help coaches generate evidence for the NVQ/SVQs in coaching.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


There are opportunities for coaches in senior competitive football to progress from club to club. Coaches can develop their careers by moving to more prestigious clubs. Progression would depend on results and on reputation. There may also be opportunities for coaches to develop their skills with further training into more specialist areas like international coaching, performance coaching, goalkeeping coaching and psychology.

Sport England is developing a community sports coach programme that has set targets for the number of qualified coaches that it requires over the next few years.

Some coaches working with young people may gain relevant qualifications and move into sports development or youth work.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Community football coaches may earn between £16,000 and £24,000 a year. Professional League/ Premiership coaches will earn between an estimated £25,000 and £250,000 depending on the role of the coach and the level of the club.

Further information:

The Football Association
25 Soho Square
Tel: 0870 850 0424

1st4sport Qualifications
Coachwise Ltd
Chelsea Close
Off Amberley Road
LS12 4HP

Castlewood House
77-91 New Oxford Street
Tel: 020 7632 2000

Sports Coach UK
114 Cardigan Road
Tel: 0113 274 4802

Sport England
3rd Floor Victoria House
Bloomsbury Square
Tel: 08458 508508

Other Useful Football Coach Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Football Coach job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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