The Premier League, The FA, EFL, LMA and PFA have collaborated to create the Coach Index, a self-registration system providing black, Asian, mixed heritage and female coaches with access to information about employment and development opportunities within professional football.

The Coach Index was created with the aim of producing a more inclusive and diverse coaching workforce, which is representative of the playing population. The launch is part of football’s ongoing action and commitment to improving the pathways for coaches from currently under-represented groups within the game.

The Index enables relevant coaches with a minimum of a FA Level 2 or UEFA C Licence qualification to sign up for alerts from Clubs and football partners. Registered coaches will be signposted to relevant coaching opportunities, as well as updates on accessible professional learning and development activity.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “A key part of our No Room For Racism Action Plan is to address the lack of diversity and increase the opportunities for coaches from currently under-represented groups. The Coach Index is designed to enhance career pathways and professional development, while supporting coaches’ journeys in the professional game.

“We are very proud to have led on the creation of the Coach Index, working with football partners and members of our Black Participants’ Advisory Group to create a system which signposts to the opportunities available. We encourage all coaches who fulfil the criteria to register.

“We see incredible diversity on the pitch and in the stands, and we will continue to take steps to ensure this is reflected in off-field positions, particularly within coaching.”

Professional Clubs and football partners involved in the creation of the Index will be able to use the platform to alert registered coaches to opportunities.