Footballer

football player
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What's it like?

You would play football to entertain the fans and gain success for your team. You’d work hard to keep yourself fit and healthy and constantly practice to improve your skills.

You’d need to have exceptional footballing talent and the discipline to work hard to improve your performance level.

You would play as part of a team in a professional or semi-professional league. You'd need to be a very competitive person but also work well in a team.

You would:

  • Play in matches against other teams in your league
  • Attend regular training sessions to improve your skills and general fitness
  • Work on tactics, sometimes watching videos of matches to analyse your strengths and weaknesses
  • Work with specialists such as physiotherapists, sports psychologists, coaches and your team manager
  • Act on advice on diet and lifestyle from nutritionists and doctors

As a top player you might also give media interviews and be paid to promote products in adverts.

At all levels, you might take part in work in the community, such as helping to coach local children and attending charity events.

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually play in matches in the evening or at weekends, often at times scheduled to suit the media, particularly television companies. You would train on most days during the week.

Environment

Travel

You would travel with your club or national team to away matches all over the country or abroad, which would involve spending time away from home.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

People behind the job

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Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Taking the lead
  • Being physically fit

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role. Most employers value a good general education including English and maths.

Footballers are usually spotted by scouts when playing for secondary school age teams. They are then invited to train with a team and may be offered a contract once they leave school.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) offers an opportunity to gain relevant work-based qualifications through a Modern Apprenticeship with the SFA. This is a two-year programme which leads to a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance at level 3.

Useful subjects

  • Physical education
  • Psychology
  • Sciences, in particular biology/human biology

Helpful to have

Involvement in sports clubs or amateur organisations from an early age. 

Qualifications and experience that show fitness and sporting skills such as Sports Leaders UK Award or Skills for Work Sports & Recreation (SCQF level 4).