The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

The course provides an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for players. The course will introduce practical games to develop players’ technical skills such as shooting, turning with the ball and running with the ball. It is ideally suited to those working with groups of young players.

Who is it for?

This introductory course has been produced by FA Education to help those who are new to football coaching and working with young players to understand more about coaching and the role of the coach.

The course will also provide (as seperately organised workshops) the following:

  • FA Emergency Aid
  • FA Safeguarding Children in Football

Course pre-requisites

Prior to certification, candidates are required to:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid certificate
  • Have attended The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

This nationally recognised qualification, awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications will take the learner on a journey through the core components of the England DNA – How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player, helping them to begin shaping or refining their own coaching philosophy. 

Course Pre-requisites to registration and certification

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have attended The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, and hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification

Prior to certification for the qualification, learners are required to

  • Hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate
  • Hold an in date completion certificate for the current FA Workshop Safeguarding Children in Football or the new FA Safeguarding for Coaches Workshop (Alternative arrangements are available for learners under the age of 18 years of age)

Video: Below is a link to Head of grassroots delivery, Les Howie, explaining more about what learners can expect from the new course

The FA Level 1 in Goalkeeping Coaching

This course is ideal for coaches who want to improve the performance of their goalkeepers. Learn how to develop and improve your goalkeeper’s technique and plan and prepare progressive technical practices. The course is delivered by goalkeeping tutors directly appointed by The FA.

Course pre-requisites

Prior to certification, candidates are required to:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate
  • Have attended The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

This is for everyone who works with young people, this workshop focuses on making football safe. The course teaches our football workforce to promote best practice to protect young people. Candidates will learn how to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse, and understand fears involved in these concerns.

Course content


What is abuse?

What to do about poor practice and abuse?

This is an interactive course and participants should expect to be involved with group work as well as individual reflections on practice. The course will cover some sensitive material.

Course aims and objectives

The workshop will raise your awareness and specifically help you to be able to:

  • Identify and build on best practice in football
  • Recognise signs of abuse and identify what behaviour causes concern
  • Identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help
  • Develop your action plan for change

Welfare Officers Workshop
Aimed at Club Welfare Officers, the course provides ideas and examples about how to prevent poor practice as well as how to deal with it when it arises. Candidates must possess an Enhanced CRB Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit and The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate.


Please be aware that most of these courses are of a physical nature, therefore a good all round general fitness is required. Confirmation from your doctor is recommended before partaking in one of these courses.

For futher information regarding any of the above courses, contact: Harry Coles 01743 362769 (Option 3) or email: 

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What's On

  • Monday, 25 September 2017
  • Safeguarding Children Workshop
  • Monday, 23 October 2017
  • FA Mentoring Adults
  • Thursday, 02 November 2017
  • FA Emergency Aid

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