Are the sounds of the vuvuzela calling you? Do you want to wish you could be part of the World Cup action in South Africa, rather than just watching the games on TV?
The 2010 World Cup might be halfway over, but the job opportunities for you are just beginning. If you love soccer (or should we say football) and want to turn that love into a career, check out these opportunities at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the 2014 World Cup, and with some of the world’s largest soccer organizations.
Soccer Jobs at the 2011 Women’s World Cup
The 2011 Women’s World Cup will be held June 26 – July 17 in Germany. The best way to get your foot in the door to this elite soccer world is to volunteer. Volunteers are responsible for a wide range of activities, including guest services, hospitality, IT and communication, logistics, marketing, transportation and more.
Volunteering will not only help you make contacts at FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and the world’s governing body for all things soccer, but the experience will look great on a resume. In addition, World Cup volunteers typically enjoy free refreshments, travel, and other perks during their service. For more information, visit the Fifa Women’s World Cup volunteer page.
Soccer Jobs at the 2014 Men’s World Cup
Like the Women’s World Cup, the best way to get involved with the Men’s World Cup is to volunteer with FIFA, the organization that runs both events. The 2014 event will take place in Brazil, and the opportunities will be announced as soon as this year’s World Cup ends. For more information, watch the 2014 World Cup website.
Soccer Careers with the UEFA
The Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA) works to promote the game and develop unity and solidarity between the different Europe’s different football associations. You don’t have to bend it like Bechkahm to work for them; UEFA currently employs administrators, IT specialists, coaches, journalists, and translators who offer a variety of backgrounds and skill sets.
For information on job opportunities with UEFA, visit their “work with us” page.
Careers with U.S. Soccer
Kindergarten co-ed teams. Middle school travel leagues. Professional teams. In the United States, U.S. Soccer is the governing body that oversees all soccer teams, leagues and organizations in the States. Although soccer is still relatively new to many Americans, U.S. Soccer was founded in 1913 and was one of the first organizations to be associated with FIFA.
For a list of jobs and internships at U.S. Soccer, visit their jobs page.
Soccer Jobs with Major League Soccer
Whether you root for the Chicago Fire, the New England Revolution, or the Kansas City Wizards, Major League Soccer (MLS) has the job of overseeing them all. MLS works to promote and support professional soccer clubs in the U.S.
Check out the MLS jobs page, which not only features jobs at MLS, but also links to each team’s individual job listings.
Source by Noel Rozny