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What to look for when applying for Football Coaching Jobs in London 2021

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a possibility that you have an interest in coaching football or perhaps have already been applying for football coaching jobs.

This blog will provide you with some important things to look out for that can make your job search easier.

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Why get into football coaching?

Before considering becoming a coach, there is an important question you must ask yourself. This question is ‘do I really enjoy football?’. This may sound silly, but a coaching job will require you to put in a lot of time and effort which can be exhausting for some people. Like most jobs, it can get unmotivating if you don’t have the passion for what you are doing.

If you feel that your love for the game is big enough to consider it as a career, you may be a great fit for a coaching job. The rest of this blog will provide you with some things to look out for when applying for jobs.

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Whilst it is important to have a job doing something you love, you should also consider the wages that you will be earning. Jobs in football may offer a low salary when you start out, before gradually increasing as you climb the ladder and gain more experience. Like any job, you should check that the wages you will receive are suitable in comparison to your expenses.


When looking for jobs in coaching football, you should consider how far the location is from your house. This will make it convenient for you when travelling. Your classes may start early in the morning or late in the evening which means you may want to work in a venue that is easy to travel to. This is important because you don’t want to be late for your shift, or too tired from travelling. When accepting a job offer, it is vital that you know how you will be travelling to the venue. Some companies may ask you to coach at multiple venues and may prefer for you to have a car so that you can always be prepared for travelling. If you are looking to become a football coach in London, it may be worth looking at the nearby train stations or bus stops to the venue you are applying for as you can then consider how much you want to spend on travel.

Coaching Programme

Before applying for a role as a football coach, you should do your research on the company’s coaching programme. This will give you the chance to prepare and impress the employer in your interview, whilst giving you a chance to work on any weaknesses you may have. For example, if the coaching programme revolves around kid’s football coaching or improving player’s fitness, you will have the chance to brush up on your knowledge and ability.

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Company Reputation

When you are looking at companies to apply for, it can be valuable to look at the reputation of the company. You should look for reviews on the internet that will tell you how satisfied members are with the quality of coaching. You should also have a look at the company’s website and social media pages as this can be a good indicator of how the company are doing. At Samba Soccer Schools, our reviews are available for everyone to see on our website.

Guidance and Support

Coaching at a class can be quite daunting at first. A good company will assist you in your coaching journey by providing guidance and support. If you are just starting out, you should have the opportunity to work with other coaches so you can get familiar with the role.

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If you are looking for a football coaching job, then why not apply for a position at Samba Soccer Schools? Fill in the enquiry form here and a member of our team will get in touch with you!


What is a football coach?

A football coach assists with the training of a footballer’s skills and abilities. They are also expected to provide motivation and feedback for their players and may be responsible for creating session plans to work with.

What qualifications do I need to become a football coach?

To become a coach in the UK, you will need to have enrolled onto the coaching courses provided by the Football Association (FA). The bare minimum you will need to achieve in order to start coaching is a ‘Level 1’ coaching license. This will allow you to begin coaching grassroots football and also allow you to get paid for coaching. If you would like to coach at a higher level, you will need to take further courses to obtain more qualifications. You will also need a first-aid certificate which you can earn whilst on the FA Level 1 coaching course.

What do I need to start coaching football for children?

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate that allows you to work with children. You will need this for any organisation that you work for as it provides your employer with details of your criminal record history. Without this, you will not be able to work with kids. Furthermore, you will have needed to attend an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.

How much do football coaches earn?

The average salary for a football coach in the UK is estimated at £22,0000. Like most football jobs, the salary may not be the most appealing when you start off. However, with hard work determination, you may be able to climb the ladder and earn more as your progress in your career.

What makes a good coach in football?

Whilst it may be important to have the skills in football, it is also to have vital personality traits for the role. For example, you need the confidence to be able to work with other people. You will need good communication skills when talking to players, parents, or other coaches. And finally, you will need the patience to allow players to make mistakes and grow. This can be significant when working at children’s football classes.

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