Want to be the next Mourinho of football | Career as a Football Coach
Maybe the rustle roots of Indian sport represent Cricket; however, sheer passion is mostly defined in the game of football. Football is all about craze and enthusiasm. During those ninety minutes, you just cannot move your eyes off the game.
Why a Football Coach?
A football coach is the leader of the football teams. He organizes training sessions, designs plays and determines a depth chart. Though there are well-organized football leagues available at the junior high and high school level, the majority of the coaches find opportunities at the postsecondary levels. Football coaches who work as teachers in the school system are hired by junior high and high schools.
Football is a team game and extremely physical, football coaches may be strictly required to encourage the players and instigate them towards team play. They need to venture a lot to various venues especially during the away games. During busy schedules, when there are a frequent number of games in a short period, coaches generally work evenings and weekends.
The necessities to become a football coach differ, as a matter of fact, a bachelor’s degree in sport coaching education, physical education, or exercise and sports science is frequently required. If a coach is functioning at the elementary to high school levels, a teaching license may also be essential. Experience in coaching is a prerequisite for this career, and skills that a person needs to incorporate are:
- Understanding of the game
- Being a good leader
- Being very detail-oriented
- Being an excellent communicator
- Having physical stamina
How to Become a Football Coach?
The basic steps that you need to follow to become a football are:
Step 1: Learn About the Game
It is not mandatory to have the experience to play at the junior high or high school level. It is very significant for prospective coaches to have a love for the game and follow football at the high school, college or professional level. To work as a successful coach, basic learning of the rules and regulations as well as the technicalities is very crucial.
You should always intend to participate in organized football competitions. Playing the game at the high school level may be an option; but if it is not, prospects are also available to work as a team manager. This is an option to be around the competition and gain knowledge of about practices, team camaraderie and pre-game and post-game sessions.
Step 2: Earn a Bachelor’s Degree
A set of courses in a coaching-related program at a bachelor’s degree level will educate you about physical conditioning, sports psychology, injury prevention, nutrition, and athletic training. You may also benefit from other lessons in leadership, coaching and physical education.
Coaching at the middle and high school level may involve you to become a teacher, which requires a bachelor’s degree and teacher documentation. To get ready for teacher certification, you typically need to major in a particular subject area, such as math, physical education, English or history. You will also require completing coursework focused on education and complete a student teaching understanding. You should also increase football knowledge at the postsecondary level.
While a bachelor’s degree is necessary to work as a coach, it is also important to gain football experience. Many individuals who want to become football coaches are former collegiate players who want to stay in the game. If this does not concern to you, then you can work as an unpaid team manager and assist with practices to expand your experience.
Step 3: Obtain a Teaching License
Teaching licensure, also known as a teaching certification, is required by all 50 states for individuals who want to educate public school at the K-12 level. If you want to work as a coach at a public middle school or high school, you will need to be an instructor and will need to pass a licensing exam and complete the proper coaching experiences and assignments in order to be approved.
Step 4: Gain Coaching Experience
Football coaches often begin their careers as assistants. While each team has an offensive and defensive manager, new coaches will work as position coaches. At the college and professional level, each position has a coach who works with them in practice and in meetings. For example, quarterbacks, linebackers, wide receivers, defensive lineman and running backs all have their own position coach. In order to advance into large collegiate or professional football coaching positions, coaching experience, a winning record, and awards are commonly required.
Key Responsibilities of a Football Coach
So, what will your core tasks as a Football Coach?
Duties typically include:
- Planning coaching programs
- Evaluating performance and providing feedback
- Coming up with techniques and tactics
- Helping the team to improve both physically and mentally
- Working alongside other professionals such as physiotherapists and nutritionists
- Maintaining records
- Applying for sponsorships
- Arranging transport for your team
Hours of Work
Your functioning hours will vary on the level of football that you are coaching. Lower levels of football will involve evening and weekend work, on the other hand, the higher the level of the football the team, the more hours you will need to put in. Your devotion to your job is likely to take up some of your personal time, particularly if you need to travel for football matches across the UK and abroad – this could require overnight stays.
Being a football coach means being passionate, and devoted to your team, helping them to reach their full potential and developing the players in all aspects. Whether you are coaching children, entry-level or professional football players, you will need to put your all efforts into making sure the teams thrive. You will be the driving force behind the players. You could be working in many different locations such as schools, universities, leisure clubs or football clubs, and could find you working with a range of levels from children to adults, beginner to professional. It depends on your level of experience as well as understanding and qualifications on how far you will reach with your coaching career.
Author: Samannay Sen
Journalism and Mass Comm Student at Amity University, Greater Noida and a die hard sports freak.
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