Football is big business. There is a huge amount of money in football as an industry with players exchanging hands for millions and receiving salaries that seem incredible. Even average players at top clubs can make hundreds of thousands of pounds per week. Many school kids dream of being professional football players, but few make the grade and even if you do succeed, your career can be cut short by injury. Read on for some ways to make money from football even if you can’t be a pro player.
Alongside horse racing, football is one of the most popular sports to bet on. There are many websites that can help you navigate the world of sports betting, giving advice on bets, sports and how to bet online. Every week punters place bets on who will win each match, who will be first goal scorer and a huge number of other possible bets. Betting on football is of course not a guaranteed way to make money, but if you know the sport well, follow the form of the players, have done your homework and enjoy a gamble, it’s possible to be highly successful.
Another interesting option for football fans is to play fantasy football. Fantasy football competitions are run by many major newspapers and other organizations. There is usually an entry fee and many thousands of competitors, but the winner can win a huge amount of money depending on the competition, possibly hundreds of thousands of pounds, along with other prizes, such as a new car.
The idea is that you pick players for your fantasy team using the allocated budget. Depending on how well each player does in real life in their matches, you win a certain number of points. For example, you get so many points for a goal, a clean sheet or an assist (i.e. a pass that leads to a goal). If you know the players and teams and have time to spend researching and moving players in and out of your fantasy team with your ‘transfers’, you could make money this way.
If you love football but can’t be a pro player, another way to get involved with the game is to become a coach. Football coaches are needed at all levels, from the top clubs right down to grass roots clubs. You can find coaching positions at non-league clubs, amateur clubs and children’s clubs. People looking to get into football coaching in England can take the FA coaching courses across five levels to qualify them for coaching players from young children to professionals.
If you want to be involved in football but can’t be a pro and don’t want to be a coach, there are many other ways to make money in the sport. Football clubs have a need for many professionals, such as physiotherapists, doctors, masseurs, dieticians and sports psychologists who work with the players to ensure they are in optimum health. Other professions that could be useful to football clubs include lawyers, press officers, chefs, a driver for the team bus, laundry specialists to look after the kit and grounds people to care for the pitch.
From sports betting, fantasy football, coaching or another profession needed by football clubs, there are lots of different ways to make money from the beautiful game.
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