Career as Football Coach

Early Salary

Under 50 K

Mid Salary

1 - 2 L

Senior Salary

3 - 4 L

Academic Pressure


Job Pressure


So, you love football? Think you have what it takes to play the game? Well, what about teaching the game? A football coach is essential for a team. They guide the players, keep them motivated and ensure the team plays at its best. The success of a team can rely on the competence of their coach. Think you’re up for the challenge?

What do they do?

Do you have a love for football, and want to help others develop the same feeling? Think you can teach others how to play, and play well?

Well, in addition to having a love of the game, and being able to help others learn it, a coach has other responsibilities.

The role of a football coach has many sides to it. One is to improve the performance of both the players, and the team, both physically and psychologically.

To the players, a coach is more than just a teacher; s/he is their parent, their counselor.

A coach organises practice and schedules training routines. S/he disciplines the team, creates and explains strategies to them, motivates them to play at their best.

A coach ensures that each player becomes the best that they can be.

Skills Needed

●       Ability to motivate others

●       Experience in playing football

●       Good communications skills

●       Ability to guide and help players

●       Be able to discipline the players

How do I get there?

There are four levels of instructors in India, starting with a ‘D Licence’.

The criteria for applying for the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) D Licence course are-

  • The applicant must have playing experience and knowledge of the game.
  • The applicant must have a medical certificate from an MBBS doctor stating that they are physically fit to participate in the practical sessions.
  • Applicants must understand and be able to read and write in English.
  • Participants will have to bear all costs involved with coaching.

A ‘D’ Licence Coach may coach college and school teams, up to District and Inter-city Championships.


The second level is that of a ‘C’ licence.

The criteria to apply for the C licence course under the AIFF are:

  • Applicants must have experience playing at the International Level, or should be D Licence holders
  • The remaining criteria are the same as that for the D licence.


The third level is the ‘B’ Licence


The criteria to apply for the course under the AIFF are:

  • Applicants must have a ‘C’ licence.
  • Applicants must have coaching experience of 2 years.
  • They must have a minimum of 60 coaching hours logged.


The fourth and final level is the ‘A’ Licence.


The criteria to apply for the course under the AIFF are:

The applicant must have both their ‘B’ and ‘C’ Licence.

  • The applicant must have coaching experience of 1 year.
  • They must have a minimum of 80 coaching hours logged.

Pros & Cons about this career

As a coach, you get the opportunity to inspire and teach the next generation of football players. You get to help others in the sport you love. You get to travel to exotic places

In India, the salary of a coach is not sustainable, and the job can be stressful.

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