Book on a Level 1 or Level 2 Coaching Course

The FA Level 1 is the first step on the FA Coach Education Pathway. If you want to start or are currently coaching football, and wish to learn more, this is the perfect course for you. The FA Level 2 is the next step in the Pathway. If you want to add to your knowledge from the Level 1, book on this course.

To book on the relevant coaching course please see the links below:

- To book onto the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football click here

- To book onto the FA Level 2, Block 1 click here

- To book onto the FA Level 2, Block 2 click here

- To book onto the FA Level 2, Block 3 click here 

Please ensure you continue through to the very end of the booking process. If you do not receive a confirmation email within a day, please contact the county FA to confirm your booking.

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The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football
The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, provides learners with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age. The course provides a high quality learning experience by providing a modern and flexible course design that is led by skilled and dedicated FA Tutors who adopt a learner-centred approach. The course will also provide you with coaching ideas and ingredients to enable you to proactively build, develop and extend a series of coaching practices to create a coaching session. Learners will be introduced to basic game formats, key rules, and the England DNA coaching fundamentals and playing principles through completion of four mandatory components; How We Coach, How We Play, The Future Player and How We Support.

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football is a fantastic foundation for grass roots coaches looking to develop their coaching.

The course cost is £170 however if you are a coach at a Charter Standard club, there is a discount and the course costs £145. 
Important: When signing up, please include relevant medical information in the 'sign up note' box. Also, if you are a coach with a Charter Standard club please include the name of your club in this box and use the code "BBFAL1CS" to apply the discount. Please note that if you are a Charter Standard coach but sign up without the discount, there will be no refunds.

Course information:

Minimum Age: 16 

Course Duration: 43 hours (total qualification time) / 33 hours (guided learning)

Course Pre-requisites to attending the course:

- be at least 16 years of age

Course aims and objectives:
The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, provides learners with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age. 

Learners will gain an insight into the game in England, how it’s played and how they can coach to better support the development of future players. The qualification is designed to prepare learners to coach football within the grassroots game. 

Through the completion of the learning programme for this qualification, learners will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and reviewing individual football coaching sessions. The foundation level of knowledge and skills developed through this qualification will enable learners to create safe, fun and engaging coaching sessions through building, developing and extending a series of linked practices. 

Learners will be introduced to basic game formats, key rules, and the England DNA coaching fundamentals and playing principles through completion of four mandatory components; How We Coach, How We Play, The Future Player and How We Support. 

Throughout the course learners will be introduced to:

1. The England DNA – How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player

2. The FA 4 Corner Player Development Model which will help them gain a better understanding of the long-term development of their players as a whole person

3. The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping them construct appropriate practices and sessions for their players

4. A series of practical coaching ideas, giving them the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe, fun and engaging practices to help their players develop

5. Practical coaching opportunities both on the course and where possible with their own players and teams   

The course of learning is made up of eight guided learning; face-to-face workshops covering a range of topics linked to the England DNA, as well as some directed learning opportunities via three e-learning modules hosted on The FA Learner Management System (LMS). The e-learning modules cover core topics including the role of the coach, long-term player development and The FA Plan, Do, Review model.

Equality: FA Education will ensure that it treats people fairly, with respect, providing access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities in an atmosphere free from harassment, bullying, discrimination or abuse. FA Education will seek to provide a service which is appropriate to the needs of an individual and to make reasonable adjustments or provide support, where appropriate, to cater for those needs.

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football leads to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football qualification. In order to understand the coaching of players, coaches need to understand themselves and their players as well as the game itself. This course will support learners along this process both on-course and in their own coaching environment. The course is underpinned by the ethos of allowing the players to feel included, empowered and to be able to make mistakes. It is about designing relevant game-like practices with plenty of decision-making that enables the players to practice in an environment that’s positive and enjoyable. This course is designed to prepare learners for employment as a football coach with the ability to put these key ideas into practice. As a FA Level 2 football coach, learners will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and progressive football coaching sessions independently.

This course will cover key issues in coaching while putting the players and their learning at the centre of the choices that coaches make. It will help learners to reflect on, realise the impact of, and justify the decisions they make while encouraging a long-term view on player development. The course will examine what effective and great practice looks like in training and competition, right the way through the player’s journey from under 7 to open age, across the various formats of the game, helping coaches to consider the age, ability, maturity and experience of the players in their care.

The course of learning is made up of 20 guided learning, face-to-face workshops covering a range of topics linked to the England DNA, split into three blocks of learning (Block 1 – How We Coach, Block 2 – How We Support and The Future Player, Block 3 – How We Play).

Course information:

Minimum Age: 16 

Course Duration: Block 1 - 30 Hours, Block 2 – 21 Hours, Block 3 – 21 Hours + 2 in-situ support visits

Assessment: On-going assessment, including 2 in-situ support visits

Course Pre-requisites to registration and certification:
Prior to registration for the qualification, learners are required to:

- Be at least 16 years of age

- Level 2, Block 1: Have attended The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, and hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification

- Level 2, Block 2: Have attended The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, and hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification. Completed the FA Level 2 (Block 1) How We Coach or hold the FA Youth Award Module 1.

- Level 2, Block 3: Have attended The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, and hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification. Completed FA Level 2 Block 1- How We Coach or hold the FA Youth Award Module 1. Completed FA Level 2 Block 2- The Future Player & How We Support or hold the FA Youth Award Module 2

Prior to certification for the qualification, learners are required to:

- hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate

- hold a current completion certificate for The FA Workshop Safeguarding Children in Football (Alternative arrangements are available for learners under the age of 18 years of age).

Course aims and objectives:
This nationally recognised qualification, awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications will allow the learner to go a journey through the How We Coach, the Future Player and How We Support, and How We Play from the FA Level 2.

How We Coach - Block 1 will cover the following areas; Introduction and Review Level 1, Role of the Coach & Coaching Philosophy, Communication Skills (Social Corner), Helping Players Learn (Psych/Social), Motivation (Psych), Self Esteem (Psych), The Practice Spectrum (4C), Skills Development (4C/LTPD).

The Future Player and How We Support - Block 2 will cover the following elements: Introduction & Review of How We Coach, Player Potential (LTPD), Managing Difference (LTPD), Managing Behaviour (Social), Managing Mistakes (Psych), The Physical Corner 

How We Play - Block 3 will cover the following areas; In Possession/ Out of Possession/ Transition/ Goalkeeping.

Equality: FA Education will ensure that it treats people fairly, with respect, providing access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities in an atmosphere free from harassment, bullying, discrimination or abuse. FA Education will seek to provide a service which is appropriate to the needs of an individual and to make reasonable adjustments or provide support, where appropriate, to cater for those needs.