Volunteer Football Coach

Who we are looking for

As an education-based football volunteer, you will not only be playing football with our kids but also empowering them with the life skills they need to create a brighter future. This is an important role requiring patience, dedication, and drive. Via the children’s much-beloved game of soccer, you will develop their social and emotional learning and have a real impact on their lives!

Volunteering in this precarious setting is a great way to both make a difference in the children’s lives and have a lot of fun at the same time. You will spend your time coaching the children the rules, tactics, and strategies of football. You will also work on their skills and technique to help them become what they want to be: talented football players!

EduMais volunteer Iris squats down to talk with the students on the football program who surround her
EduMais Football Program leader William sits on the soccer pitch and takes the register as the kids arrive to train


  • Teaching students football rules, tactics, and strategies
  • Organising training exercises to work on the children’s football skills and cardiovascular strength
  • Implementing Positive Discipline to teach the students important life skills, like fair play and respect for others
  • Encouraging student language development by teaching them English vocabulary during football
  • Giving weekly feedback on student progress and behaviour
  • Sharing EduMais’s mission and fundraising campaigns on social media/within your network


  • Intermediate level of Portuguese
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Affinity with football and/or other sports
  • Experience coaching or as a physical education teacher, preferably with disadvantaged children
  • Pedagogical/Social Worker Background
EduMais football volunteer Mads goes in goal while one of the students tries to score against him

Time commitment

  • From 2 to 15 hours per week
  • Working hours evenings only

Days of the week

  • Flexible (working days and weekends)


  • Minimum 3 months

Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro as a football coach with us!

Do you love soccer and working with children? Are you passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged kids in Rio’s favelas? Apply to teach football with us! Within your application, please include your CV and a letter of motivation.

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