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Football coach jobs & career guide

Working with teams and individuals, football coaches help them develop their knowledge, techniques, and understanding of the game. Depending on their role, football coaches may offer feedback and advice on players' performance, fitness, technical skills and team working, or develop strategies and tactics for teams and individuals.

Many football coaches work part-time, or on a voluntary basis, and indeed this is the most common entry point for full time positions, and a great way to get experience in the early stages of your career. Paid football coaches work with clubs, schools and local authorities. They can also be involved with the local community in developing and providing opportunities for young people to get involved in sport and activities.

If you are more experienced, there are opportunities to work in senior competitive levels, developing your career as you progress to more prestigious and high profile clubs. A more realistic option for most, however, is to develop your skills through further training. Areas of specialty can include international coaching, performance coaching, goalkeeping coaching and psychology.

Salaries in this field vary widely, but as a general guideline, community coaches may earn between ?16,000 and ?24,000 a year, while professional coaches earn between ?25,000 and ?250,000 depending on the level of the club. For more information on training, certifications and job opportunities, contact the following organizations:

  • SkillsActive
  • UK Coaching Certificate
  • IFA and FA
  • 1st4sport Qualifications
  • Coaching NI
  • Sports coach UK
  • Sport England

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