LMA Diploma
in Football Management

Step Into Management

The LMA Diploma in Football Management is a one-year, university-accredited qualification designed for football professionals considering, or already in, club management. It is jointly funded by the PFA, the League Managers Association and the Premier League. This unique course is accredited by the University of Liverpool and aims to give candidates an insight into strategic, modern sports management.

Course Logistics


All applicants must hold a current UEFA A coaching licence and have experience of the professional game as a player, coach, assistant manager or manager at Premier League or English Football League level. 

This course builds on the knowledge gained while qualifying for the UEFA A Licence and priority will always be given to those who have completed that certification. However, in exceptional circumstances, a candidate without that licence may be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. 


This course takes 12 months to complete, and consists of seven one-day workshops throughout the year, as well as a five-day residential summer school at the beginning and end of the programme.


The LMA Diploma in Football Management is equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

The insights shared on this course from an experienced group of lecturers, experts, industry insiders, senior LMA members and current, top-flight managers will help candidates prepare for a career in professional football management.

Course Content

This exclusive programme enhances the business and leadership skills you already possess, through practical exercises, case studies, regular assignments and a final project that applies the course content to your own experiences. 

The course covers many complex areas essential for effective management in the English game, including wellbeing, resilience, inclusion and personal development. Once complete, you’ll have strengthened your skills in: 

  • transformational leadership
  • influencing and negotiating
  • stakeholder analysis
  • practical media strategy
  • football finance
  • managing upwards
  • building backroom teams
  • public speaking and presentation
  • performance analytics
  • developing high performance
  • building your brand
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If you’re ready to take the next step towards a professional managerial career, apply for this course.

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Funding Support

As this programme is designed with footballers in mind, the PFA provides enhanced funding to secure places for current and former professional footballers, but you will also have to contribute towards course costs. Find out what funding support is available.

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Can I take this course without a UEFA A Licence?

In very exceptional circumstances this might be possible, but it is at the discretion of the selection committee. Completing your UEFA A Licence will give you a great foundation to get the most out of this course, and we would strongly encourage you to pursue your UEFA A Licence before applying. Find out how we can support you with coaching qualifications. 

What careers can I pursue with this qualification?

This diploma is a very specific pathway towards a career in sports management. If you’re still unsure about what kind of role you would like in the future, check out some of our other suggested courses, or book a consultation with us to talk through your options.