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Job listing closed on 3 Apr 2024
17 Feb 2024

Player Development Coach – LAFC 2 & LAFC Academy

🇺🇸 Los Angeles, CA, USA
Full Time
3+ years exp.

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The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is an MLS soccer club serving the greater Los Angeles area. LAFC is dedicated to building a world-class soccer club that represents the diversity of Los Angeles and is committed to delivering an unrivaled experience for fans. LAFC’s ownership group is comprised of local leaders and innovators of industry with intellectual capital, financial prowess, operations expertise, and success in the fields of entertainment, sports, technology, and media. LAFC is invested in the world’s game and Los Angeles, constructing, and developing the 22,000 seat BMO Stadium and a top-flight training center on the campus of Cal-State Los Angeles.


The Player Development Coach for LAFC 2 and Academy will oversee the planning and administration of all aspects of Individual Development Programs, including the individual growth and development plans of high-level Academy and Second Team players.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to recruitment and retention of qualified Academy and Second Team players; teaching, training, and skill development; game day coaching; video sessions and editing; and scheduling training sessions. The Player Development Coach will be expected to adhere to all guidelines and regulations set forth by MLS Next, MLS Next Pro and Los Angeles Football Club.

This position reports to the Technical Director.


  • Design, implement, and oversee all aspects of individual development plans for Second Team and Academy players in the U15 through U19 groups.
  • Continue to ensure effective practice and individualized plans adhere to LAFC curriculum and methodology.
  • Identify, assess, and evaluate all players at LAFC.
  • Create, implement, and oversee scouting reports.
  • Participate in public relations and marketing for Los Angeles Football Club.
  • Ensure all appropriate safety guidelines and standards are maintained during training, practice, and games.
  • Work cross-collaboratively with the Academy Directors and Coaches, Technical Director, First and Second Team Coaching Staff, Performance Staff, the Equipment Manager, Academy and Second Team Admins, and Athletic Trainers.
  • Run individual, small group, and position-specific on-field training.
  • Create, cut, and lead individual and small group video sessions.
  • Meet and connect regularly with players and parents.
  • Fill in as Head or Assistant Coach for the Academy as needed.
  • Serve as a role model and positive image for Los Angeles Football Club.
  • Guide and mentor all athletes associated with the program.


  • Previous experience in competitive coaching and player development is required.
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to be insured to drive vehicles required.
  • Previous experience managing coaching staff and team members effectively.
  • USSF Coaching License preferred.
  • Knowledge of and ability to follow LAFC and MLS Next Pro policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of MLS, MLS Next Pro, and MLS Next Level soccer.
  • Previous experience in preparing, monitoring, and maintaining budgets.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to others professionally.
  • Proactive approach to task execution and personal development.
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships with peers, clients, families, elite athletes, and others encountered throughout course of employment.
  • Ability to always maintain composure and respectful demeanor.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Working knowledge of video analysis platforms including Hudl Sportscode and Wyscout.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Must be able to travel with the team as needed.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.


At LAFC, we carefully consider a wide range of factors to determine a fair and equitable compensation package. The final offer amount will consider a wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to skill sets; relevant experience and training. Pursuant to state and local pay disclosure guidelines, the overall range for this role is up to $100,000 per year.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

LAFC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization, which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.