Chris Smith

Elite Football Coach & Coach Educator

  • Date Joined: 8th November 2016
A proactive, highly qualified and professional football coach who possesses over 18 years of experience in the game with a clear understanding of the environment that must be created at a club in order to promote continuous progression. Has developed a strong philosophy on how the game should be played, taught through a modern game model and coaching curriculum, which are both designed to enable players of any age to achieve success both on and off the pitch.

Combines strong professional qualifications with extensive experience in the field to continually deliver as a leading Scottish FA Programme Manager and International Coach Education Tutor - successfully shaping the coach education pathway in Scotland to develop the next generation of coaches and continually enhance the Scottish FA’s reputation as a prestigious learning environment that produces elite level coaches.

A self-motivated and intelligent professional with extensive experience and contacts within football at club and national level. Possess a strong and transferable skillset incorporating excellent leadership, communication and people management skills to offer himself up as an invaluable resource across multiple disciplines.
Chris Smith

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • Scottish Football Association: Futsal Award

    Scottish Football Association
    Futsal Award
    2016

  • UEFA: Elite Youth A Licence

    UEFA
    Elite Youth A Licence
    2015

  • UEFA: A Licence

    UEFA
    A Licence
    2013

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2011

  • Abertay University: BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching with Development

    Abertay University
    BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching with Development
    2004

  • Edinburgh’s Telford College: HND Sports Coaching & Development

    Edinburgh’s Telford College
    HND Sports Coaching & Development
    2002

Career History

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Assistant Coach - Women’s U17 National Team
    2017 – Present

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Opposition Scout - Scottish Women’s National Team
    2017 – Present

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    U16 Girls Regional Performance Head Coach
    2017 – Present

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Assistant Manager for the Scottish National Futsal Team
    2016 – Present

  • Wattcell FC

    Wattcell FC
    Head Coach
    2015 – Present

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Player & Coach Development Manager
    2008 – Present

  • Heriot Watt University

    Heriot Watt University
    Head Football Coach
    2013 – 2015

  • Scottish Universities Sport

    Scottish Universities Sport
    Scottish Universities National Team Assistant Coach
    2010 – 2013

  • Heriot Watt University

    Heriot Watt University
    U21 Football Coach
    2009 – 2013

Key Achievements

  • Assistant Coach Scottish FA Women’s U17’s National Team (June 2017 – Present): Qualification to UEFA Elite Round 2018
  • Player/Coach Wattcell Futsal Club (Aug 2015 – Present): Scottish Champions 2016 & 2018 inc 2 x UEFA Cup Qualification
  • Assistant Coach Scottish FA Mens National Futsal Team (Jan 2016 – June 2017)
  • International Coach Educator for the Scottish FA & UEFA B Licence Tutor
  • Key figure in developing the SFA’s School of Football, Coach Mentoring and Futsal programmes
  • Head Coach at Heriot Watt University (2013 – 2015): Promotion to the EOS Premier League 2015
  • Scottish Universities National Team Assistant Coach (2010 – 2013): Winning the BUCS Home Nations Tournament 2013
  • UEFA A Licence, UEFA Elite Youth A Licence & UEFA B Licence holder

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