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The Football Association

The Football Association

Women's National Team Head Coach (WU19s) - 2 year Fixed Term Contract


posting Date

role Type


First Team

Jun 3, 2024


About the job
The Head Coach's primary purpose is to lead and manage an England Development Team fostering a high performance environment towards the achievement of agreed team objectives from the Blueprint for Success.

The Head Coach will contribute to an aligned world class performance environment for England winning teams across the pathway. This includes influencing player development by contributing to the development of outstanding coaches for the women's game in collaboration with FA education.

What Will You Be Doing?

Be an exceptional leader of people and players, creating an outstanding performance culture in preparation for, delivery of and review of International events and tournaments.
Lead the creation and delivery of the national team seasonal plan, incorporating key departmental objectives, aligned to the age group cycle and the rest of the pathway.
Effectively manage a team of both full time and consultant staff and ensure their work programmes are aligned to the objectives of the team and the pathway.
Collaborate with and learn from colleagues to maximise player development and management opportunities.
Attend live, weekly fixtures to ensure an accurate and up to date understanding of players current performance and potential. Provide key input into talent management structures.
Conduct regular club visits to develop outstanding club relationships, to build and create effective individual player development plans (IDP).
Be accountable for the performance of the team according to parameters and milestones identified in the England Women's Blueprint for Success.
Select squads for England events, working closely with the multidisciplinary team and Women's Player Insights.
Be committed to their own personal development through the maintenance and implementation of a personal development plan (PDP).
Support the work in The FA Education Strategy to assist in the development of outstanding coaches in the female game.
Disseminate the England Women's How We Play (HWP) through formal (A Licence and Pro Licence (L4/L5)) and informal coach development opportunities as directed by FA Education.
Comply with all elements of The FA's Safeguarding Policy, including Women's National Teams Safer Working Practice
As required, collaborate with FA media and communications staff to ensure consistent management of external communications, and social media.
Execute 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 Will You Need?

Essential for the role:


UEFA A Licence


5 years of recent coaching experience at an appropriate, high level.
High level people development skills and experience
Consistent, successful experience of management and development of elite players and multi-disciplinary staff
Ability to demonstrate inspirational leadership on and off the pitch using a variety of methods and approaches
Significant experience of working with youth players with a track record of high performance
Demonstrate understanding of international football
Experience of working in high performance environments
Deep knowledge of technical and tactical components of the game including strategies and tactics
Ability to create and implement a Player Development Plan
Growth mind-set and strong evidence of continued professional development
Demonstrate a high level of commitment to ongoing personal development

Technical Skills

Extensive experience of Excel
Ability to effectively manage budgets
Advanced Microsoft Office
Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders

Beneficial to have:


UEFA Pro Licence


10 years of recent coaching experience at an appropriate, high level.
Teaching experience
Experience of being a Head Coach within the women's game
Experience working in the WSL, Championship and or in an Academy set-up
Experience of youth, international football
Understanding of the demands of international football
Explicit knowledge and understanding of the England HWP

Technical Skills

Basic Project Management skills
Basic Analysis skills

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 Wembley Stadium or St. George's Park 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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