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Soccer is a sport that has the power to dominate the lives of its keenest fans. It's not just about matchday on a Saturday — the build-up lasts all week, from TV debates to manager press conferences, player interviews, and think pieces in the back pages of national newspapers. And in the last few years, the football media landscape has seen a new type of platform for discussion take centre stage: the podcast. Podcasts have surged in...
The beautiful game holds a special place in the hearts and minds of people across the world. It's no surprise then, that various books, films, and pieces of artwork have been created over the years to pay tribute to the role that association football plays in the lives of fans, players, and managers. In this article, we'll be giving you a guide to 10 of the best soccer documentaries ever made, from emotional tributes to the lives of iconic...
What does it mean to work in sports analytics? It's a field that has expanded rapidly in recent years, as football continues to develop and clubs look for ways to enact marginal gains in order to compete at the highest level possible. Using innovative set piece coaching , data models such as xG , or more refined match analysis can cause significant improvements in performance. In this sense, sports analytics are increasingly important...
If you're a football fanatic who wants to expand your knowledge on the beautiful game, one of the best things you can do is head to a local library or bookstore and get swatting up. There are tons of amazing books out there dedicated to all sorts of soccer subjects, from in-depth tactical deep dives to complex social histories and beefy, detailed non-fiction accounts. Reading is clearly a subjective matter; not every title will appeal to...
For budding coaches, tacticians, scouts, analysts, and general football lovers, there are few better ways to absorb knowledge about the game than by reading. Alongside the various online resources for footy obsessives , there are tons of amazing books out there dedicated to explaining tactical trends, training set-ups, football history, and so on. That being said, it can be hard to know which ones to read, and which ones to swerve. That's...
  Thanks to technological innovation and ever-changing attitudes, football scouting is arguably more accessible than ever before. Whether you're an experienced professional or a budding scout (if you're the latter, check out our article on how to get started in football data & analytics ), there are tons of resources available to you, both online and in person. If you're looking to expand your skill set and further your scouting...
Having not been in the presence of many football agents during my time working in the industry, I was looking forward to speaking to one of the biggest names in this area of the football world: Dr. Erkut Sögüt LL.M. It’s an area that fascinates me because while much of it is shrouded in secrecy i.e., the ins and outs of a transfer process or the negotiation of a contract, football agents have also been known to hit the...
Interview two for Jobs in Football’s Education Hub and I was lucky to have the opportunity to speak with an industry professional with over twenty years’ experience in Sports Marketing. Step forward Dan Parr , InSport Education’ s Commercial Director. Boasting an impressive team of professionals within their faculty, including Lord Colin Moynihan and Dame Heather Rabbatts, InSport Education provides a high-quality...
When this new Jobs In Football project was first proposed, I was of course excited to be given an opportunity to be a part of it. After then learning it was to interview industry professionals from the world of football education , I couldn’t wait to get started. As somebody with a deep interest in all things football, I knew that, much like the Career Insights Project I’d previously worked on, I would be speaking with and...
1) Failure to position yourself A CV is like a shop window. You are trying to encourage potential employers to take a closer look and find out what you have to offer. Think of this like a value proposition. How can you make your Football CV more appealing? Kick-off your Football CV with a profile or summary of your career highlights in three or four bullet points so they stand-out and really grab the reader's attention.  ...
Football Coaching Job Toolkit: 6 Great Online Resources for Football Coaches   The role of the Football Coach is continually evolving, with new strategies, practices and concepts being developed at an increasing rate. The internet has played a crucial role in allowing coaches to share their ideas, and over the past few years more and more online coaching education platforms have surfaced, allowing new and practicing coaches...
Each summer thousands of university graduates head out into the marketplace waving qualifications seeking new challenges and work opportunities in the sport business. Just like big money transfers in the football business the stakes are raised each year. Finding the ‘dream job’ can be almost impossible let alone something that remotely inspires you to get out of bed each day!.   Here are a few tips and reflections on...