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Professional Sports Player

Footballers play for their club in league and cup competitions, and some represent their country at international level.

Potential salary


Employment by 2024


Working hours

44 to 46 variable

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • practising training drills like passing, shooting, ball control and free kicks
  • analysing areas for skills improvement with playing coaches
  • working on your strength and conditioning in the gym
  • watching videos of opponents' matches
  • discussing team tactics for the next game with the coaches and manager
  • playing competitive matches
  • working with physiotherapists to treat any injuries
  • taking part in promotional and media activities for your club

You may need to wear a team strip.

You could work on a sports field or at a sports arena.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You could progress by transferring to a club higher up in the football leagues.

You could move into related careers like coaching, fitness instruction, refereeing, management, sports development, physiotherapy or journalism.

You can get more details about the women's and men's professional game from The FA and the Professional Footballers' Association.

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