Football coaches work with groups or individual players, providing feedback and advice on players' performance, fitness, technical skills and team working. Opportunities exist at both amateur and professional level, including working with children or youth teams, or with young people in academies and league clubs.
Football coaches of competitive teams may also give guidance on areas such as nutrition, injuries, and the mental aspects of the game. At higher levels, coaches will be expected to analyse matches, devise their own original training methods, and even deal with the media.
Football coaches need to acquire qualifications that are accepted by the Football Association (FA), the national governing body of football. Courses are held at national sports centres and facilities. The level of prior experience needed will differ depending on the level at which you wish to work.
The initial course is typically the FA Level 1 Club Coach. This is the UK's most popular coaching course and entry is open to all participants, regardless of previous experience.
For those with more experience the next step is the FA Level 2 Club Coach. There are also a variety of course available in areas such as treatment and management of injuries in football, and generic coaching skills qualifications. At the top end one finds t Level 3 UEFA 'B' and UEFA 'A' License.
Courses can be taken either directly through the FA, or as part of a college or university course. There are also a variety of S/NVQS are available at Level 2 and Level 3 in Coaching, Teaching and Instructing. See the FA's website for full details.
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