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Become A Soccer Coach

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Working As A Soccer Coach

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $35,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Soccer Coach Do At Elon University

* Manage programs operational and scholarship budgets.
* Successfully recruit qualified student-athletes.
* Communicate with all athletic administrative offices to ensure successful working relationships.
* Manage all Women’s Soccer operations including requests for all required maintenance and up keep for practice and competition.
* Develop strong working relationships with local youth soccer community.
* Assist Phoenix Club will public appearances and any fundraising activities when requeste

What Does A Soccer Coach Do At Suny College at Plattsburgh

* Developing and maintaining a recruiting program, designing and coordinating all practices, game planning and execution, overseeing an academic mentoring program, managing the team’s community service.
* Evening and weekend work will be expected

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How To Become A Soccer Coach

Coaches and scouts typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must also have extensive knowledge of the sport. Coaches typically gain this knowledge through their own experiences playing the sport at some level. Although previous playing experience may be beneficial, it is not required for most scouting jobs.


College and professional coaches must usually have a bachelor’s degree. This degree can typically be in any subject. However, some coaches may decide to study exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, and sports medicine.

High schools typically hire teachers or administrators at the school for most coaching jobs. If no suitable teacher is found, schools hire a qualified candidate from outside the school. For more information on education requirements for teachers, see the profile on high school teachers.

Scouts must also typically have a bachelor’s degree. Some scouts decide to get a degree in business, marketing, sales, or sports management.

Other Experience

College and professional coaching jobs also typically require experience playing the sport at some level.

Scouting jobs typically do not require experience playing a sport at the college or professional level, but it can be beneficial. Employers look for applicants with a passion for sports and an ability to spot young players who have exceptional athletic ability and skills.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most state high school athletic associations require coaches to be certified or at least complete mandatory education courses.

Certification often requires coaches to be a minimum age (at least 18 years old) and be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Some states also require coaches to attend classes related to sports safety and coaching fundamentals prior to becoming certified. For information of specific state coaching requirements, contact the state’s high school athletic association or visit the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Although most public high school coaches need to meet these state requirements in order to become a coach, certification may not be required for coaching and sports instructor jobs in private schools.

Some schools may require coaches to have a teaching license and complete a background check.

Certification requirements for college coaching positions also vary.

Additional certification may be highly desirable or even required in order to become an instructor in scuba diving, tennis, golf, karate, or other individual sports. There are many certifying organizations specific to the various sports, and their requirements vary.

Part-time workers and those in smaller facilities or youth leagues are less likely to need formal education or training and may not need certification.


To reach the ranks of professional coaches, a candidate usually needs years of coaching experience and a winning record at a college. Some coaches may not have previous coaching experience but are nevertheless hired at the professional level due to their success as an athlete in that sport.

Some college coaches begin their careers as graduate assistants or assistant coaches to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a head coach. Large schools and colleges that compete at the highest levels require a head coach with substantial experience at another school or as an assistant coach.

Other college coaches may start out as high school coaches before moving up to the collegiate level.

Scouts may begin working as talent spotters in a particular area or region. They typically advance to become supervising scouts responsible for a whole territory or region.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Because coaches instruct, organize, and motivate athletes, they must have excellent communication skills. They must effectively communicate proper techniques, strategies, and rules of the sport so every player on the team understands.

Decisionmaking skills. Coaches must choose the appropriate players to use at a given position at a given time during a game and know the proper time to utilize game-managing tools such as timeouts. Coaches and scouts also must be very selective when recruiting players from lower levels of athletics.

Dedication. Coaches must attend daily practices and assist their team and individual athletes in improving their skills and physical conditioning. Coaches must be dedicated to their sport, as it often takes years to become successful.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to relate to athletes helps coaches and scouts foster positive relationships with their current players and recruit potential players.

Leadership skills. Coaches must demonstrate good leadership skills to get the most out of athletes. They also must be able to motivate, develop, and direct young athletes.

Resourcefulness. Coaches must find a strategy and develop a game plan that yields the best chances for winning. Coaches often need to create original plays or formations that provide a competitive advantage and confuse opponents.

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Soccer Coach Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Swahili

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Hebrew

  • Somali

  • Wolof

  • Catalan

  • Thai

  • Croatian

  • Irish

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Swedish

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Real Soccer Coach Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Soccer Coach Fremont Youth Soccer League Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2015 $81,993
Instructor/Head Women's Soccer Coach The Pennsylvania State University Erie, PA Dec 16, 2015 $75,132
Soccer Coach IMG Academy, LLC Bradenton, FL Oct 19, 2015 $62,970
Soccer Coach Matt Driver, LLC PA Feb 15, 2015 $61,859
Soccer Coach Arsenal Soccer of Nj Oradell, NJ Oct 13, 2016 $60,000
Soccer Coach Matt Driver LLC Egg Harbor, NJ Mar 01, 2016 $55,452
Head Women's Soccer Coach Delta State University Cleveland, MS Jul 03, 2016 $55,159
Head Soccer Coach Navarro College Corsicana, TX Jul 01, 2015 $54,955
Head Soccer Coach Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS Jan 01, 2016 $54,780 -
Soccer Coach Uk International Soccer Camps New London, CT Feb 15, 2016 $54,262
Head Men's Soccer Coach Delta State University Cleveland, MS Jul 01, 2015 $53,511
Soccer Coach Wizard Football Club Hinsdale, IL Jan 20, 2016 $52,175
Soccer Coach Wizard Football Club IL Sep 08, 2015 $52,175
Soccer Coach Evolution Soccer Academy Hermosa Beach, CA Feb 01, 2016 $52,175
Soccer Coach Maestro Soccer Academy, LLC Ridgefield, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $46,874
Soccer Coach Soccer Centers, LLC NJ Feb 09, 2016 $46,874
Soccer Coach Five Star Holdings LLC CT Jun 30, 2015 $45,914
Soccer Coach Soccer Extreme, Inc. Wilton, CT Oct 08, 2015 $45,914
Soccer Coach Soccer Extreme CT Apr 01, 2015 $45,914
Soccer Coach Five Star Holdings LLC CT Apr 01, 2015 $45,914
Seasonal Soccer Coach RBNY Academy Inc. NJ Mar 16, 2015 $45,914
Soccer Coach Uk International Soccer Camps Chicago, IL Feb 15, 2016 $45,914
Head Men's Soccer Coach Montana State University Billings, MT Jul 01, 2015 $43,476
Soccer Coach, Programs TSF Academy LLC Lincoln Park, NJ Sep 12, 2015 $43,027
Head Soccer Coach Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS Jan 01, 2016 $42,000
Soccer Coach Uk International Soccer Camps PA Apr 01, 2015 $41,740
Soccer Coach Uk International Soccer Camps AZ Oct 01, 2015 $41,740
Soccer Coach/Club Administrator Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club Duluth, MN Sep 30, 2015 $41,740
Soccer Coach/Club Administrator Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club Duluth, MN Mar 01, 2016 $41,740
Soccer Coach Bay Area Soccer League Sandusky, OH Oct 01, 2015 $41,093

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Top Skills for A Soccer Coach


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Top Soccer Coach Skills

  1. OLD Girls
  2. Varsity Soccer
  3. Soccer Program
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Travel with a group of twelve and thirteen year old girls on organized trips.
  • Head Men's and Women's Varsity Soccer coach.
  • Managed two after school soccer programs consisting of elementary school kids in order to develop and improve player's skills.
  • Develop and implement individualized training sessions for a variety of clients in DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland
  • Aided student athletes with college recruitment and decisions

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