Copeland spent 12 years working as a lecturer in Physical Education at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia, he also played for and coached Ettifaq FC in the Saudi Premier League and coached the Saudi Under-16 and Under-19 National Teams.
In 1990, Copeland became the Football Association's Regional Director of Coaching for the North of England. In 1993 he added the part-time role of England women's coach to his duties and remained in both posts until 1998. His successor, Hope Powell became the first full-time manager of the England women's team.
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