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A Master's degree enabling you to develop and apply cutting-edge, evidence-based knowledge and skills in football (soccer) coaching and performance to advance your career.

Why study Performance Football Coaching (Distance Learning)?

This innovative online distance learning programme allows football coaching professionals worldwide to develop a critical understanding of issues relating to coaching and performance in football (soccer), and advance their professional practice whilst working.

The degree has been developed in collaboration with our partners in the football industry, including the English FA and European professional clubs.

Taught by nationally and internationally renowned coaches and football scientists, the applied nature of the programme means that you are continually asked to reflect on course content in your professional practice.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary's is the first institution in the UK and internationally to offer a distance learning football coaching course of its kind, allowing you to study when and where it suits you. This flexible format means you can advance your knowledge, expertise and professional skills in parallel.

We are a leading provider of postgraduate taught sport science programmes and are widely recognised as one of the UK’s premier sports institutions. 

The University has a wide knowledge-base in football; we are an FA Women's High-Performance Football Centre, playing a pivotal role in the positive future of the game in the UK. We also offer a foundation degree programme in Football Education, Coaching and Development (in partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation) and have several PhD’s funded by London’s top professional clubs regarding the science of football. 

Our staff is comprised of highly regarded coaching professionals and academics involved in world-leading and applied research, consultancy, and high-level football coaching activities; all of which are directly relevant to - and inform - the modules delivered on the programme.

Requirements, fees and funding

Please check our website for more information about entry requirements, tuition fees and student funding.

Career opportunities

Football coaching is a well-established profession with clear employment routes. In today’s football marketplace, employers look for up-to-date knowledge and skills.

We equip emerging and practising football professionals with the knowledge- and skill-set for a variety of jobs in the elite performance and youth development environments, such as: 

  • head coach
  • youth academy coach
  • specialist technical coach
  • performance analyst
  • development coordinator
  • coach educator
  • researcher/scientist

Considerable resources continue to be employed to the sport globally with a growing body of football professionals in many countries and regions worldwide.


Visit the Performance Football Coaching (Distance Learning) page on the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website for more details!

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