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From youth leagues to the ranks of the professionals, there are opportunities for soccer coaches. Salaries range widely for coaching in soccer in the United States. A youth club director of coaching could make anywhere from $10,000 to $120,000, while most college coaches can make from $25,000 to $100,000.
Most, if not all, youth soccer coaching positions in the United States serve as non-paid volunteers. Youth coaches are mainly comprised of Moms and Dads whose children play soccer or perhaps those individuals who are involved in the soccer community and just love coaching, such as ex-players. Youth soccer, though, does have salaried positions at the club level. Club directors of coaching, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), train staff, develop soccer programming and are responsible for budgeting and scheduling. Depending on the size of the club, these positions can earn between $10,000 and $120,000.
High School Soccer
High school soccer in the United States has steadily grown since the 1990s to the point where most high school programs offer soccer as a varsity sport, though some still maintain soccer as a club sport, not sponsored by the school district. High school soccer coaches are commonly teachers and receive bonuses anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 in addition to their annual salary, according to the NSCAA. On occasion, non-teachers will serve as soccer coaches and those salaries are usually independently negotiated through the individual districts.
According to the NSCAA, U.S. college soccer programs are divided into the junior college ranks and those of four-year colleges, comprised of schools ranging from Division I through Division III. Most full-time soccer coaches in college programs maintain responsibility for their program, including coaching, recruiting, fundraising and budgeting, and monitoring the academic progress of their players. Coaches commonly work on 9- to 12-month contracts and salaries have a wide range in pay between $25,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the program.
The pinnacle of the soccer coaching profession is the professional ranks. In the United States, there are three leagues, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) for men, and the Women's Professional Soccer league for women. Full-time professional coaches are jacks-of-all-trades, handing staff and team management as well as public relations and promotion. Salaries of professional coaches range from $75,000 to $125,000, according to NSCAA.
John Zaphyr is a marketing and sales manager with the Oncology Nursing Society. He has written professionally since1999 and also has editing credits with Friedlander Publishing Group. His articles have appeared in the "Pittsburgh Tribune Review." John earned a master's degree in English education from the University of Pittsburgh.