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go to college and do a sports couse e.g. b-tec sport level 1/2/3 diploma and ask about or go to the website and look for football development program/ academy football and there will be trials

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You don't need any academic qualifications. You do need a level of skill, which someone will notice. You may then get a chance to join a club and see if you are good enough to play. Young players who make teams will often have their education funded as a condition of playing for a club and they will have to finish their standard education if they have not done so.

Players can only play professional football for a period of time, so they need to have other skills to keep a livelihood after they finish their football careers. Some may stay in the game in some other way, like coaching or in the media, but there are a limited amount of jobs in that area, not enough for all former professionals. So many players will have done other studies during their playing career. Even if they do go into coaching or the media or some other role connected to football, they will need skills and qualifications.

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  1. Having watched a lot of football games over the years, I note two kinds of commentators--play-by-play and color. fubba u cubba cubba

Play-by-play commentators are typically trained broadcast journalists, who may have majored in this field in college.

Being the son of a play-by-play man seems to help in this field (Joe Buck, Chip Caray, Thom Brennaman)

Color commentators are typically former coaches (e.g. John Madden) or former players (e.g. Terry Bradshaw or Troy Aikman).

I'm sure that there are other qualifications relating to vocal tone, ability to describe and analyze football action coherently, etc, but these are more subjective. I'm sure that candidates that meet the background criteria are auditioned to find out what they might sound like on TV or radio.

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Level 5, UEFA Pro Licence (focus on how to manage)

A mandatory qualification for managing in the FA Premier League and UEFA competitions.

Invitation only, most candidates complete in 12 months

Level 4, UEFA A Licence (focus on phases of play, 9v9 games and 11v11 match play)

Work as a manager/coach in the professional game, or Academy Manager.

Most candidates complete within 2 years.

Level 3, UEFA B Licence (focus on functions, phases of play and 8v8 games)

Find work in Centres of Excellence and Academies

You have 2 years, but can usually be completed in 12-18 months

Level 2, Certificate in Coaching Football (focus on techniques, skills and 4v4 games)

Find work in Football in the Community, local authorities, US soccer camps.

You have 2 years to complete, but it can be achieved in 6 months. You must start here.

Level 1

Useful for local community work, and can be completed in a few weeks. Not a mandatory qualification, but a gentle introduction.

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