Neil Riley

Soccer Program Manager

  • Date Joined: 14th November 2016
An ambitious, hard-working and open minded person who has a unique skill set and is determined to succeed in reaching my goals as a coach and manager.

I am a UEFA B qualified coach currently working full-time with players aged 5-18. Alongside my coaching career I have also had a career in sports broadcasting.

In broadcasting I have managed teams of assistant producers, travelled the world covering various sports events and built up a skill set that has been transferable to my professional coaching career. I have worked with Premier League clubs, UEFA, various sports orgnisations, the BBC, the England rugby team and have visited various football clubs around Europe.

I am also now able to use my technical skills and my coaching knowledge as a video analyst to aid younger players learning or to analyse games from a tactical and technical perspective.

I am not afraid of a personal and professional challenge and living, working and succeeding abroad has broadened my experience both as a person and a coach. I have coached grassroots and academy players both in the men’s and women’s game and am very open minded as to where my career will take me.

Inspired by football coaches who have helped develop clubs to raise their profile both in the professional game and in the community they serve, my goal is to work for a club that is ambitious, forward thinking and committed to long-term development and community engagement.

I have lots of experience working with young football players from the foundation phase through to seniors. I have worked with players of all abilities from beginner through to academy players who have gone on to play in Poland’s Ekstraklasa. Committed to my own continuous professional development I am always looking for opportunities to learn. I recently enrolled on the League Manager’s Association Football Management Course and I recently spent a week observing 1. FFC Frankfurt, Germany’s most successful women’s team in order to further my knowledge of the women’s game as well as watch other coaches at work.

I ave studied Polish to CEF Level 2 and recently began learning Norwegian in anticipation of a move there in the future.
Neil Riley

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • League Managers Association: Performance Analysis

    League Managers Association
    Performance Analysis
    2017

  • League Managers Association: Football Management Course

    League Managers Association
    Football Management Course
    2017

  • League Managers Association: Creating a Culture of Excellence

    League Managers Association
    Creating a Culture of Excellence
    2017

  • The Football Association: Talent ID Award Level 1

    The Football Association
    Talent ID Award Level 1
    2017

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2016

  • The Football Association: Emergency Aid

    The Football Association
    Emergency Aid
    2014

  • The Football Association: Player & Match Analysis

    The Football Association
    Player & Match Analysis
    2012

  • The Football Association: Level 2 Coaching Award

    The Football Association
    Level 2 Coaching Award
    2012

  • The Football Association: Level 1 Coaching Award

    The Football Association
    Level 1 Coaching Award
    2010

  • : MA Media Production


    MA Media Production
    2006

  • : BA Media


    BA Media
    2004

Career History

  • Legia Warszawa

    Legia Warszawa
    Coach
    2015 – 2015

  • Victoria Sulejowek

    Victoria Sulejowek
    Coach
    2015 – 2015

  • Wigry Suwalki

    Wigry Suwalki
    Opposition Scout
    2015 – 2015

  • English Football Academy

    English Football Academy
    Owner/ Head Coach
    2012 – 2015

  • Coerver Coaching

    Coerver Coaching
    Coach
    2011 – 2015

  • Agrykola Sulejowek

    Agrykola Sulejowek
    Coach
    2011 – 2012

  • UEFA

    UEFA
    Producer
    2011 – 2012

  • Brazilian Soccer Schools

    Brazilian Soccer Schools
    Coach
    2010 – 2011

  • Perform Media Group

    Perform Media Group
    Producer
    2007 – 2011

  • Manchester United FC

    Manchester United FC
    Online Video Producer
    2008 – 2009

  • Sunderland AFC

    Sunderland AFC
    Video Producer
    2008 – 2009

  • American School of Warsaw

    American School of Warsaw
    Soccer Program Manager
    2015 – Present

Key Achievements

  • Varsity Boys CEESA Champions 2016
  • Whilst working as an opposition scout for Wigry Suwalki the club won promotion to the second tier of Polish football for the first time in their history.
  • Owned my own successful soccer school in Warsaw

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