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The women's game. Women working in the sport of soccer/football, on the pitch and off. How to create a professional career in the sport you love. Stay in the game.

 

Tips and tools for finding a job in women's soccer

Lori Hanemann

 

Everyone says 'yes' when asked if they want a career in soccer. Women still playing are focused on making it as a professional player and pros are considering how to stay in the game after retirement or injury. Women who don’t play but love the sport want the chance to create a career in the beautiful game.

But how do you actually go about making this happen?

You must first know what you want. I’ll post a few links at the bottom which will help if you still are pondering what you want to do for your career. If you already know, below are some tips and tools for finding opportunities as well as some examples of what’s currently out there. I’ve compiled an assortment of the types of positions you will find in the soccer world. This is a very short list of vacancies compared to the job possibilities out there, and I haven’t even included high school and university soccer programs. I just wanted you to have a look and maybe one of the job titles will expand your thinking of how you can fit into the world of soccer career professionals.

There are several websites that you can use to peruse sports jobs and using a filter of the word ‘soccer’ or ‘football’ will produce a clean list of career options. These are the ones I used in America, so just do a google search for employment sites similar to these below, if they don’t work in your country.

Indeed - sign up for job alerts with the keyword ‘soccer’.

Work in Sports

Google alerts

Linkedin job search app and alerts

Monster.com



JOB VACANCIES

NWSL - National Women’s Soccer League in the U.S.

OPEN POSITIONS:

  • Communications Manager
  • Player and Club Services Coordinator

FAWSL & FA Football Association Women's Super League in the U.K.

The best resource for jobs in the UK is from one of my favorite groups, Women in Football, which is a network of professional women working in the football industry. Shout out - check them out no matter where you live!

These are a couple of the positions they had listed for the FA and FAWSL.

  • Mens, Womens & Resource Performance Analysts
  • Performance Analysis Education Lead (Maternity Leave Cover)
  • Women’s First Team Coach - Brighton and Hove Albion FC (Women’s and Girls’)
  • General Manager at Bristol City Women Football Club
  • Watford Ladies FC is currently looking to recruit a First-Team Head Coach to join the Club.
  • BBC Sport recruiting two Assistant Producers to join their TV Production team

FIFA Federation International Football Association. The big show - FIFA!

  • Director Sales & Strategy
  • Head of Compliance Operations & Strategy
  • Senior Event Manager Corporate Events


Football Federation Australia

  • Project Officer – Women’s Football Football Federation Australia

UEFA - Union of European Football Associations

  • Management Assistant  Operations        
  • Buildings & Site Manager        
  • Brand Production Coordinator    
  • Hospitality Production Manager    
  • Media & PR Coordinator    
  • English Translator & Editor

German Football Club

  • Department of Amateur Football
  • DFB Search Base Coordinator

 

I hope this broadened your thinking of the types of jobs available in soccer. Coaching and referee jobs are what I hear people talking about the most, but if those don't interest you, you can see there is a long list of positions that can keep you in the game. And please don't forget entrepreneurship - create your own company or charity around soccer and see where it takes you. Good luck. Let me know if you have questions or other tips I can pass along. lori@soccergirl.co


 

Click the links below for past posts on figuring out what you want to do for work and how to set goals to achieve it.

GOAL SETTING WORKSHEET FOR WOMEN IN SOCCER

A MAP TO GET A CAREER IN WOMEN'S SOCCER

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF IN EVALUATING WHERE YOU'RE AT