Elite Coach Placement Programme - Men's Under 18 - In-Possession Coach

The Football Association (FA)
Location Burton-on-Trent, UK
Posted 17/05/2019
Closes 01/06/2019
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Coaching & Sports Development
Contract Type Contract
Hours Full Time
Salary Unpaid - Expenses will be covered

Job Description

The FA and PFA | Elite Coach Placement Programme

Based at St George’s Park, near Burton upon Trent

This programme is open to female applicants and male applicants of BAME origin. For the avoidance of doubt, The FA adopts the BAME classification to refer to members of communities within the UK who identify as ‘other than white’ (which is consistent with the Oxford English dictionary definition of BAME and the ONS definition of “Ethnic Minority (UK)”).

The Elite Coach Placement Programme is jointly owned between The Football Association (The FA) and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) as part of their commitment to increase the diversity of coaches and to develop greater equality of opportunities to ensure that more BAME and female coaches are gaining essential experience to challenge for elite coaching and technical roles in football in the future.

Development Squad: Men’s Under 18

Role Title: In-Possession Coach

Role type: Active

Estimated number of days commitment: 65 days



Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation through Winning England Teams

To deliver against this inspiring goal we have reallocated resources and invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at St George’s Park in Staffordshire.

This jointly funded programme provides a unique and exciting opportunity to join The FA and the Elite Coaches will be integral to the organisation achieving its goals.



One of The FA seven strategic objectives is to be ‘A world-leading education programme for a diverse football workforce’. Both The FA and PFA have put coaching and the development of quality coaches, front and centre of their agenda and are taking positive action to widen the diversity of the coaching talent pool. It’s a major commitment and investment from both organisations to improve female and BAME coach representation within the National teams, creating a better reflection of ethnicity and gender in key positions and providing new pathways for aspiring coaches and players.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) male and female coaches (of any ethnic origin) continue to be significantly under-represented at the top levels of the men and women’s game.

One of the key areas of the PFA’s focus over the last decade has been challenging the recruitment procedures in the professional game, aiming to widen the representation and visibility of BAME talent across all areas of football.

The FA has looked inwardly at this under-representation and is committed to developing greater equality of opportunities that includes ensuring more under-represented coaches are obtaining relevant qualifications and gaining essential experience to challenge for elite and national coaching roles in football, demonstrating a commitment to address the challenge within The FA and the elite level.

The long-term aim is to improve the talent pool of not only coaches but those who understand the England DNA and what is expected at international level. Whilst The FA is not a club, it is uniquely placed with the Technical division, including FA Education and the England team operations based at St George’s Park, to provide excellent learning and professional development opportunities.



Reporting to the Head Coach the post-holder will gain vital knowledge, understanding and skills through formal, non-formal and informal learning and development opportunities that will enable them to confidently challenge for elite and national coaching roles. For the avoidance of doubt, this is an unpaid training/development opportunity (although reasonable expenses will be met, as explained below).

The post-holder will also support, in collaboration with other National and Specialist Coaches, the development and practical delivery of a comprehensive, world leading coaching strategy. This will include the team tactical and individual technical components to create an inspirational learning experience for players, along with a competitive advantage to England players and teams.



  • Assist in the coordination of the consistent delivery of the other National Coaches
  • In collaboration with other national coaches and talent identification staff, assist in the delivery and review of detailed positional role profiles for the in and out of possession model
  • Analysis and coding of opposition team possession strategies, tactics and techniques to inform the development of team game plans
  • In collaboration with other national coaches, assist in the delivery and review of detailed international development plans (IDP) for the players
  • In collaboration with other national coaches, continue to develop and deliver the principles of How We Play to the individual, unit and team
  • In collaboration with other national coaches, assist in the development and delivery of world leading attacking set-piece strategies and tactics
  • Assist in the delivery and development of technical and tactical components of transition from defence to attack for defined national teams.
  • Track, support and develop players with the England Development pathway
  • Working within the England DNA with particular reference to How we Play and How we Coach
  • Ensure outstanding recorded preparation delivery and review of all work undertaken
  • Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to support the creation of a consistent outstanding learning, and development environment for all players on and off the grass
  • As part of own Coach Development Plan, track, record and feedback key learnings and findings at the end of the placement to senior FA technical staff.
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities


The FA would welcome applications from:

Male applicants of BAME origin who are:

  • Aged 18 years or older; and
  • Hold The FA Level 4 (UEFA A) in Coaching Football qualification or higher

Female applicants (of any ethnic origin) who are:

  • Aged 18 years or older; and
  • Hold or are working towards The FA Level 4 (UEFA A) in Coaching Football qualification or higher.

It is also desirable for applicants to have the following:

  • Member of the Licensed Coaches Club
  • Experience in coaching and development of elite players
  • Proven ability to systematically analyse and communicate technical and tactical coaching information
  • Demonstrates an inspirational coaching manner with the ability to utilise a variety of styles
  • Successful track record in player development
  • Understanding the England DNA
  • Understanding of EPPP



If you believe you have what it takes to make a difference to England Team success, please apply via the link below. The deadline for applications is 31st May 2019.

Expenses will be covered (travel and subsistence) as well as negotiated costs for clubs where appropriate.

The Football Association Group promotes Equal Opportunities in employment, and welcomes applications from all parts of the community. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

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