Football coach

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

Annual Salary

£14,000 to £250,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 4% more Football coach jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You may work with children, young people or adults. You may be the only coach, or part of a team at a larger club.

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

You may also need to talk to newspaper and television reporters.

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 for these courses vary.


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

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

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

£14,000 to £250,000

Starter salary: £14,000 to £21,000

Experienced salary: £22,000 to £26,000

Community coaching jobs may pay by the hour and be seasonal. Others may not pay at all.

Salaries vary widely and many higher salaries are not disclosed.

These figures are a guide.


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

Community coaching jobs are often part-time. You'll usually combine coaching with other full-time work.

As a coach for a professional team, you may run training sessions every day. You'll travel to evening and weekend matches around the UK and abroad.

You’ll usually need a full driving licence.

You’ll be outside in all weathers.

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

You may need to wear a uniform.

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.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
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