Average Salary of a Professional Football Coach in Nigeria

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A career in the sporting industry as a football coach can be exciting and full of opportunities. Being a football coach can entail a lot of growing and developing opportunities with the potential to build a versatile and wide range of networks. In this article, we will discuss who a football coach is, what a football coach does, a well-detailed job description of a football coach, the average salary of a football coach in Nigeria the essential skills of a football coach, and how to become a football coach in Nigeria.

Who is a Professional Football Coach 

A professional football coach assists in planning athlete workouts, offers guidance on best practices to achieve the aim of the athlete, and encourages athletes with the values and principles of sportsmanship. The main responsibility of a professional football coach is to manage and oversee a football team. They help to develop and implement strategies, tactics, and training programs to help the team they coach succeed in matches or games. They work in different levels of football sport from the grassroots level, amateur level, professional level, and in national or international level. The football coach evaluates players during practices and determines the best lineup according to each player’s strengths or weaknesses. The football coach also organizes and develop training that best suit the team or individual athletes in maximizing their strengths and working on their weaknesses. They also determine and implement gaming strategies that will aid the success of the football team they manage. The football coach works and makes swift and critical decisions that will ensure the best outcome for their team before, during, and after football matches or games. 

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Job Description of a Professional Football Coach

The job of a football coach is critical because it has to do with the success and achievement of the team, below is the job description of a Football Coach:

  • Schedule practices and coordinate friendly matches that will help team and individual players maximize their strengths and work on their areas of weaknesses
  • Analyze and review past video football footage to identify areas of improvement and how to work better with the team athletes or individual player
  • Assist in the scouting and recruitment of football athletes for the team when needed and bring new athletes up to speed on team training and strategies
  • Assist in organizing local matches and international tournaments that may help in identifying promising athletes that will be recruited by the team
  • Work closely with individual players on the team to assist them on how to maximize their strengths and improve on their weaknesses
  • Motivate players by providing guidelines, encouragement, and constructive feedback to help players and team
  • Assist to instill discipline, selflessness, teamwork, a winning mentality, and the spirit of sportsmanship in athletes
  • Make swift decisions in cases of substitution, and provide information to athletes during matches
  • Analyze opposite team strengths and weaknesses to come up with a better strategy before football matches or game
  • Select athletes that will play in each match and athletes that will substitute in each match according to training, tryout, and practices 
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Essential Skills to posses as a Professional football coach 

 A football coach needs very strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills, this will help with communicating with athletes before, during, and after football matches or games

  •  Adaptability and resilience skills – As a football coach, it is vital to understand the need to adapt and be flexible in the approach to changes in strategy and team formation
  • Swift and Effective decision-making skills – The ability to make fast and effective decisions, especially during football games to enhance the success rate of their team
  • High Emotional Intelligence level – Understanding the emotion of the player is an extreme skill for the football coach, this will help in channeling the emotions in the right way and also support the athlete when need be
  • Organization and the ability effectively manage time
  • Tactical Analysis skills – the ability to analyze strategies and formation before games or matches using the best practice necessary
  • Leadership skills – A football coach is a leader within the team and should be able to exhibit strong leadership skills and knowledge to the team
  • Ability to learn – a learning skill is essential for continuous growth and implementation of strategy
  • Strong knowledge of the game rules and regulations 
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Average Salary of a Professional Football Coach in Nigeria

The average salary of a Nigeria football coach is between 1,700,000 NGN – 3,000,000 per month according to NaijNaija 

How to Become a Professional Football Coach in Nigeria 

  • Get a Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Sports Science, Human Kinesiology, Physical Education, and so on from any reputable and reputable tertiary institution
  • Get a professional certification from any licensed body affiliated with FIFA or the National Football Association
  • Have a strong knowledge of the game by practicing in the game over some time
  • One year Mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
  • Continuous knowledge and acquiring of information relating to the game 

In conclusion, there is no rigid career path to becoming a professional football coach in Nigeria, do enough adequate research, get mentorship, and follow your dreams of becoming a football coach. 

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