He played for FV 1912 Wiesental, Karlsruher FC Phönix (1936–1940), Eintracht Frankfurt (1939–40), CSC 03 Kassel (01/40–1941), Blau Weiß 90 Berlin (01/42–10/42), FV Saarbrücken (01/43–06/43), 1. FC Nuremberg (07/43–1945), FC Bayern Munich (1945–46), FV Saarbrücken (1946), Karlsruher FV (1946–1947), VfB Stuttgart (1947–1949) and Stuttgarter Kickers (1948–1953).
After he ended his career, he went on to become a coach. He coached New York Hakoah in the American Soccer League (the team also competed in the International Soccer League). He also trained SC Geislingen/Steige (Germany, 1954), 1st German Sport Club Brooklyn (1956–1964), the Junior All-Stars New York (1960), and the team of the German-American Soccer association. During his time in the U.S. he has been called "John" instead of "Johann".
Johann Herberger is a nephew of the German soccer coach Sepp Herberger who won the world cup in 1954.
- List of U.S. national team coaches
- Pictures on the website of his former Club Karlsruher FV
- Biography of John Herberger in German
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