Football coach

Football coaches develop the skills and motivation of football players and teams.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£250,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become a football coach

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • specialist courses run by a professional body


You could do a college course, which will help you to get started. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Football Coaching Studies
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sport with Football
  • Level 3 Diploma Sport Development and Fitness

You'll need to check if your course includes the FA Coaching Awards, or if you need to take these separately.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could do an intermediate apprenticeship as a sport community activator coach, if you want to work as a football coach in the community.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Volunteering and experience

You could start as a volunteer at your local amateur football club.

This will help to build up your experience and could lead into training for professional coaching qualifications.

Other routes

You can do coaching qualifications offered by The Football Association.

Qualifications start at beginner's Level 1 and go all the way up to the Level 5 UEFA Pro Licence for the professional game.

Contact your local County Football Association to get more details about courses.

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Further information

You can find out more about a career in coaching through The Football Association and UK Coaching.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

You'll also need to do The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be

  • 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

Working environment

You could work at a school, at a sports arena, at a college or at a university.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often, outdoors in all weathers and physically demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Activity Assistant Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Slough SL2 5FF

Sports Development Coach Apprentice

  • Wage : £10,128.00 Annually
  • Location: CW4 8AA

Courses In England


  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

Sports Coaching and Performance Science - BSc Hons Degree - Topup

  • Start date: 08 September 2020
  • Location: Blackpool

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