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The astronomical figures that are floated around each time a talented footballer is linked with a move away are the result of multiple factors including bumper TV broadcasting deals,  huge commercial partnerships and the growing prevalence of state ownership in the game. However, another important factor that continues to affect how much every superstar football player gets paid is the role of football agents.  The public...
In 2023, the global transfer market has been impacted heavily by Saudi Arabian spending, as a range of talented stars swap Europe's top leagues for the Middle East's most ambitious football division. This unexpected turn is a reflection of how the global game has been transformed irrevocably by money. As evidenced in the €700m-per-year personal contract offered to Kylian Mbappe by Al-Hilal, the £375,000-per-week+ salaries of...
Most fans are well aware of who the head coach and assistant manager is at their club, but knowledge of who's who behind the scenes usually stops there. The fact is, at any professional football club, there are a large number of members of backroom staff dedicated to the successful performance of the first team. And one important role within this set-up is that of the sports massage therapist. Massage therapy plays an important role within...
Ever wondered how to become a sports analyst or data expert within football? These types of roles have become increasingly common during the past few decades as football continues to expand and grow. Most professional football clubs have in-house analysts whose job it is to study the opposition, watch back their own team's performances, identify strengths and weaknesses, and formulate plans in response. Outside of the clubs themselves,...
The role of data and analytics within football has grown demonstrably in recent years. Clubs like Brentford and Barnsley have been able to punch above their weight thanks to progressive data-driven recruitment and performance strategies. Meanwhile, metrics such as Expected Goals (xG) have become a key part of mainstream football parlance, regularly used on flagship shows like Match of the Day. Just ten years ago, the data used by clubs...
Competing in the world of football is a dream job for many people, but what if you want a more managerial role? Have you ever wanted to be responsible for ensuring the fitness of some of the world's best football players? Does the idea of being a key role in the development of players excite you? If so, then you may want to consider training to be a football coach! Coaching a professional football team, especially one in the premier league...
What is Supporter Engagement? There are many areas of supporter engagement which can lead to a rewarding and enjoyable career in football. Most people are familiar with the role of Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) - the designated point of contact for supporters, who is responsible for engaging with the supporter base and ensuring that their voice is heard by the relevant persons at their club. However, many clubs also have a Supporter...
The Football industry has become a hyper-inflated business with astronomical amounts of money involved. In the newspapers, we can read about Centre Backs being sold for £80 million, or teenagers being purchased for £195 million. With the growing financial risks within football business, such as transfers of players, more and more clubs have decided to hire a Sporting Director.   Here, UCFB Student, Anders...
If you're looking to be the first to scoop the news on the matchday team, report on the latest injury concerns and provide insightful match-day analysis, then a career in sports journalism might be the ideal route for you to take. Whilst the role is understandably competitive, with the right blend of experience and dedication, you can have one of the most sought-after careers in the football industry. From broadcast to print-press,...
With such fine margins between winning and losing, more and more clubs are placing heavy focus on the role of Sports Science.   Level of game position is required: Mainly at professional level, however the role is continually branching out and seen as a necessary aspect of the game. Hours: Generally dependent on team schedule. Entry Requirements: A degree in Sports Science or related field is normally required....
Can't pull yourself away from the pitch? Want to have a direct influence in helping your team play to their style? The role of Groundsman may be for you.   Level of game position is required: The Groundsman is crucial at professional level but more and more smaller clubs, academies etc are employing them to maintain their surfaces. Hours: Often dependent on team schedule, season, clime. Long hours often required...
If you are looking for a career in sports turf management there are many options available. Some will be more comprehensive than others, whilst those looking to concentrate on one specific game will benefit from tuition that is tailored accordingly. A good course should always cover the question of selecting the right turf. There is a surprisingly high set of turf varieties and it is important to choose the right one, depending on the...