Footballers (Soccer, Rugby and AFL) play football professionally in competitions.

Specialisations: Australian Rules Footballer, Rugby League Footballer, Rugby Union Footballer, Soccer Player.

You can work as a Footballer (Soccer, Rugby or AFL) without formal qualifications, however, you must have advanced football skills.

Tasks

  • Maintains a high degree of expertise in football.
  • Adheres to the rules and regulations associated with football.
  • Attends regular practice sessions and undertakes private training to maintain the required standard of fitness.
  • Decides on strategies in consultation with coaches.
  • Assesses other competitors and conditions at venues.
  • Competes in sporting events.
  • Undertakes sports promotional activities and television appearances.

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All Sportspersons

  • $1,548 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Footballers (Soccer, Rugby and AFL)

  • 1,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 23 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Footballers (Soccer, Rugby and AFL) (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 1,600 in 2011 to 1,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Footballers (Soccer, Rugby and AFL) work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Arts and Recreation Services industry.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 23 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (64%).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services92.9
Accommodation and Food Services2.6
Education and Training2.4
Administrative and Support Services0.8
Other Industries1.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFootballers (Soccer, Rugby and AFL)All Jobs Average
NSW33.231.6
VIC32.225.6
QLD15.920.0
SA7.77.0
WA8.010.8
TAS0.22.0
NT0.21.0
ACT2.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFootballers (Soccer, Rugby and AFL)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1917.9-5.05.0
20-2446.1-9.39.3
25-3434.4-22.922.9
35-441.2-22.022.0
45-540.2-21.621.6
55-590.0-9.09.0
60-640.2-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFootballers (Soccer, Rugby and AFL)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV12.5-21.121.1
Year 1261.0-18.118.1
Year 115.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Footballer (Soccer, Rugby or AFL) without formal qualifications, however, you must have advanced football skills.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Sportspersons who are motivated, have a positive attitude and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    62% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Personnel and Human Resources

    60% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  3. Education and Training

    56% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Administration and Management

    53% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Sales and Marketing

    53% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Work With Work Group or Team

    89% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  3. Level of Competition

    89% Important

    To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

  4. Contact With Others

    86% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Impact of Decisions

    84% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2021.00 - Athletes and Sports Competitors.

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