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The Football Association

The Football Association

National Coach - Head Coach (PDP)


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Apr 10, 2024


About the job
Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation through Winning England Teams.

The Men's Technical division are looking to recruit a Head Coach for a designated England Development Team with a purpose to create and develop inspirational learning experiences, talent Identification and delivering competitive advantages to England players and teams. The role will also include club, coach and player engagement activities as well as supporting FA Education initiatives.

NB. Please note that this role will have a specific focus within the Professional Development Phase of the pathway. It may also include, phase lead responsibilities as and where appropriate.

About The Team

Our FA Technical teams support all aspects of Men's and Women's elite performance – including para football, the elite format of disability football that runs parallel to the mainstream game – so we can help England teams to win tournaments.

Our teams manage everything from identifying talent to the development and coaching of multi-disciplinary teams throughout the age groups, up to our Senior England teams. To deliver on our goal we have invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at our National Football Centre, St. George's Park.

What You'll Do?

National Teams

Under the guidance of the National Coach (Phase Lead), lead, deliver and review seasonal programme for your designated team, in all aspects of the ‘Plan, Do, Review' process.
Under the guidance of the National Coach (Phase Lead), work closely with other National Coaches and Player Insights staff to lead the ‘selection process' for the team you lead.
Lead staff to help create and develop outstanding, inspiring performance, learning and development environment for players and staff both in and out of ‘events' to maximise the probability of success in your designated team(s).
Lead the creation and delivery of the technical and tactical programmes within the designated phase and liaising closely with the MDT support staff.
Lead the review and feedback mechanism to the players and in conjunction with the clubs, where possible with face-to-face contact.
Support in the ongoing player grading and handover activities across the age groups.
Where possible assist in the delivery of events with other age groups.

Talent ID & Club Engagement

Work closely with the ‘Talent ID' department to actively identify, track and monitor players to be consider for selection to England teams, across the phase you work within.
Establish and develop close relationships through direct and face-to-face contact with professional football clubs and relationships in our Insight department.

Coach Education

Deliver coach education duties under the guidance of the National Coach (Phase Lead) and National Coach Developers for appropriate activities.
Liaise and collaborate with other National team staff and FA Education department to ensure good practice is shared in both education and national team settings to optimise the quality of delivery in both areas.


Ensure outstanding recorded preparation, delivery and review of all work undertaken via the appropriate FA systems.
Develop collaborative links inside and outside of football to ensure our work remains contemporary and relevant to the demands of the future game.
Establish and develop strong relationships with key stakeholders throughout the game.
Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What You'll Need?

Essential for the role:

UEFA ‘A' Licence, FA Advanced Youth Award
Member of the FA Licensed Coaches Club
Experience of coaching elite players, and managing a multidisciplinary staff in an Academy, Senior Professional or International football environment.
Understanding of the International and Domestic professional club landscapes and strategies.
Experience of working with PDP players who have graduated from the YDP and progressed to Senior International status.
Deep knowledge of technical and tactical components of successful football strategies, tactics and techniques appropriate to the team and player's stage of development.
Ability to demonstrate an inspirational on and off field delivery using a variety of methods and approaches in clubs, internal meetings and coach education environments.
A specialist skill set in one or more of the following areas;
Proven relationships and credibility within the professional club environment.
Deep knowledge and understanding of recruitment principles in the PDP age groups.
Proven track record in the delivery of coach education courses.
Deep knowledge of psycho social development in young people from 16 to 21 years
Growth mindset and strong evidence of continued professional development

Beneficial to have:

Degree in sports related subject
UEFA Pro Licence
Tutor / Mentoring experience
Teaching certificate or experience
Recent experience of coaching elite players
Understanding or experience of using sports code analysis software
Proficient skills in Microsoft Office

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, in order to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
Free private medical cover.
A contributory pension scheme.
An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
A hybrid working model offering greater flexibility.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, Adobe FA Women's Championship, and Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre unless the role is advertised as a home-based contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments – Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change – which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

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