James Thomas

  • Date Joined: 5th December 2017
A highly motivated and passionate coach with experience working within the elite female game. I am committed to my own personal development as a coach and constantly keen to learn and improve my own abilities.

Current Responsibilities include:

- Deliver 4 weekly sessions for Wales Womens National Performance Squads (u16 & Senior)
- Working with National Team Manager and senior coaching staff to ensure consistent philosophy
- Delivery on National Team camps (u17/19/Seniors) in preparation for UEFA/FIFA competitions
- Coaching at UEFA/FIFA tournaments and friendlies both at home and overseas (u17/19/Seniors)
- Talent Identification / Scouting reports on players/teams

Previous Responsibilities included:

- Develop link from Youth Academy to 1st Team
- Squad selection from college and 1st team squads for FA WSL Development League program
- Develop key relationship with 1st Team Head coach / S&C / Sports Medicine / College Academic tutors
- Heading up college and WSL Academy Squad player recruitment
- Liaise with National Team coaches / Talent ID teams relating to players development
- Design and deliver coaching sessions across age group squads in line with club philosophy
- Assist with delivery of 1st Team training sessions and match-day preparations
James Thomas


  • UEFA: A Licence (Ongoing)

    A Licence (Ongoing)

  • The Football Association: Youth Award

    The Football Association
    Youth Award

Career History

  • Bristol City Women FC

    Bristol City Women FC
    WSL Academy & College Team Head Coach
    2015 – 2018

  • The Football Association

    The Football Association
    Gloucestershire FA Girls ACC, u16 Head Coach
    2014 – 2017

  • Manchester United Soccer Schools

    Manchester United Soccer Schools
    Soccer Schools Coach
    2003 – 2004

  • Football Association of Wales

    Football Association of Wales
    Girls Centre of Excellence, Coach
    2000 – 2003

  • Football Association of Wales

    Football Association of Wales
    Womens National Teams (u17&19s), Coach
    2018 – Present

  • Football Association of Wales

    Football Association of Wales
    Womens Performance Squad, Coach
    2018 – Present

Key Achievements

  • Qualification - UEFA Womens u17 Elite Phase 2019
  • Qualification - UEFA Womens u17 Elite Phase 2018
  • Runners Up - ECFA National Play Off Final 2017/2018
  • Winners - ESFA National Cup 2017/2018
  • Winners - ECFA Regional League 2017/18
  • Winners - The FA WSL Development Cup 2016/2017
  • Winners - ECFA Premier Cup 2016/2017
  • Runners Up - ESFA National Cup 2016/2017
  • 10 Players receiving Youth International call ups (England & Wales 17/18/19/20s)
  • 8 Players making FA WSL first team debuts

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