National Specialist Coach (in-possession) Ref: NSC19

Role location
St. George's Park
Type of contract
Full Time

Closing Date: 19th July 2019


Our Organisation:

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

The Role:

In collaboration with other National Coaches, develop and practically deliver a comprehensive, world leading in-possession strategy including team tactical and individual technical components which creates an inspirational learning experience for players and competitive advantages to England players and teams.

Key Accountabilities – as a Specialist Coach working around the age group:

  • Collaborate with other national coaches and the MDT to develop a season Goal Tree with particular input in to the In-Possession objectives linked to the pathway overview document
  • Analysis and coding of opposition team out-of possession strategies, tactics and techniques to inform the development of in-possession strategies and to contribute to team game plans
  • Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to support the creation of a consistent outstanding learning, and development environment for all players
  • Create session plans for up coming events, linked to How We Play, Individual development plans and the Game Plan
  • In collaboration with other national coaches, development and delivery of detailed position and individual specific training programmes which improve the in possession techniques of players for International Football
  • In collaboration with other national coaches, the development and delivery of world leading attacking set-piece strategies and tactics
  • Write and deliver the in-possession components of individual International player development training programmes which define clear objectives, benchmarks and methods of improvement for International Football
  • Inspiring, world class on and off-field delivery of in-possession strategies to teams, units and individual players

Key Accountabilities – Off camp as a Specialist Coach:

  • In collaboration with other national coaches, develop and effectively deliver leading, innovative, evidence-based in-possession tactical strategies and techniques within the England DNA framework which create competitive advantages for England teams.
  • In collaboration with other national coaches and talent identification staff, develop detailed positional role profiles for the in-possession model
  • Lead and assist in the development and delivery of research projects and case studies which inform the ongoing development of the in-possession model through the analysis and benchmarking of other nations and sports
  • Track, support and develop players with the England Development pathway including live observations in games and training
  • Develop outstanding player and club/league relationships through a structured club visit and engagement programme

What we are looking for:


  • UEFA ‘A’ Licence
  • Member of the Licensed Coaches Club
  • Extensive experience in coaching and development of elite players
  • Proven ability to systematically analyse and communicate technical and tactical coaching information
  • Deep knowledge of technical and tactical components of in-possession strategies, tactics and techniques
  • Inspirational coaching style with the ability to utilise a variety of styles
  • Proficient use of MS office
  • Successful track record in player development
  • Understanding of the England DNA
  • Understanding of EPPP


  • FA Advanced Youth Award
  • QTS
  • Degree in sports related subject
  • UEFA Pro Licence
  • Tutor / Mentoring experience
  • Teaching certificate or experience
  • Recent experience of coaching elite players (State phase)
  • Evidence of good links and relationships with club staff and key stakeholders ( PFA, LMA, FL, FAPL)

What we can offer you:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.




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