How to become a football coach
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- specialist courses run by a professional body
You could study for a foundation degree or degree in a subject like:
- football coaching and development
- coaching science
- coaching and performance
There are also undergraduate and postgraduate courses that combine football coaching with other subjects, such as:
- sports business
- talent development
You'll usually need some experience in coaching to apply for a postgraduate course.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You could do a college course, which could help you to get started in football coaching.
- sports coaching
- sport - football coaching
- UEFA C Licence (this used to be called the FA Level 2 Coaching award)
If you hold a UEFA coaching licence, you could do a course in coaching game based football.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could apply for a place on a Community Activator Coach Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship or the Sports Coach Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.
These typically take 1 year and 6 months to complete and are a mix of workplace learning and study.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You can start as a volunteer at your local amateur football club. This will help to build up your experience and could lead onto training for coaching qualifications.
You can contact your county football association to learn more about volunteering opportunities.
You can also do online introductory courses while volunteering, through England Football Learning. These include:
If you're currently coaching a football team, you could apply to do a coaching course or licence.
These start at foundation level and UEFA C Licence, and go up to UEFA Pro Licence aimed at coaches working in professional football.
You can also do courses which cover different age groups, abilities and types of football, such as futsal.
Many paid coaching positions are part time, so the salary will reflect that. Salaries for coaches in English professional football are much higher than for those working in education, the community and for smaller football clubs.