FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 16

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

Price: £175 - Full Price £150 - Charter Standard Price

Leading To: FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

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The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football provides learners with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age.

  • The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, is the first stepping-stone on the core coaching pathway. It will provide you with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age.

    You will gain insight into the game in England, how it is played and how you can coach to better support the development of future players.

    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 eLearning modules hosted on The FA Learning Management System (LMS). The eLearning modules cover core topics including the role of the coach, long-term player development and The FA Plan, Do, Review model.

- Introduction

- Qualities of a coach

- What is a game (rules and scoring system)

- The game in England

- Build a practice 'for your players'

- Review of Block 1

- England DNA (in possession, out of possession and transition)

- Technical components of the game

- Principles of play

- Develop a practice 'for your players'

- Review of Block 2

- FA 4 Corner Long-term Player Development Model

- Differentiation - supporting individuals

- Extend the practice 'for your players'

- Linking practice to match day

- Managing self, parents, players and the game on match day

- Course review

Participants will undertake The FA Basic First Aid for Sport and The FA Emergency Aid courses


Course Pre-requisites

You must take part in The FA Emergency Aid and Safeguarding components (Workshop 8) of this course in order to receive your certification.

*if you have an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate which is less than three years old or have completed the Safeguarding Children Recertification within the last three years you do not need to attend this module. However, completion of this module will update your qualification for a further three years.


You will be introduced to:

  • The England DNA
  • The FA 4 Corner Model which will help you gain a better understanding of player long-term development
  • The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping you construct appropriate practices and sessions
  • A series of practical coaching ideas, giving you the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe and engaging practices

Available Dates

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Lee Westwood Sports Centre
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS
£175 (Full Price) £150 (CS Price)
Sutton Community Academy
High Pavement
Sutton In Ashfield
Fiona Cantwell
£175 (Full Price) £150 (CS Price)
South Nottinghamshire Academy
Glebe Lane
Cropwell Road
Radcliffe on Trent
NG12 2FQ
£175 (Full Price) £150 (CS Price)
West Nottinghamshire College
Derby Road
NG18 5BH
£175 (Full Price) £150 (CS Price)
Joseph Whitaker Sports College
Warsop Lane
NG21 0AG
£175 (Full Price) £150 (CS Price)
Forest Sports Zone
Forest Recreation Ground
Gregory Boulevard
£175 (Full Price) £175 (CS Price)
Collingham FC
Station Road
NG23 7RA
£175 (Full Price) £150 (CS Price)
Basford United FC
Greenwich Avenue

The FA Youth Award Modules previously received a high level of positive feedback from learners, yet take-up rates were usually lower than the core coaching qualifications.

Therefore, in order to raise the standards of coaching, the principles of The FA Youth Award Modules have been incorporated into the core coaching qualifications to ensure all coaches have access to these principles and understand how to apply them to the environment in which they coach.

If you are completely new to coaching you will need to complete The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football first.

If you already hold an existing FA Level 1 you can go to the new FA Level 2 in Coaching Football qualification taking into consideration the action plan you received from your course tutor.

Yes, we have produced a recognition of prior learning that outlines how the changes impact all current and prospective coaches. If you have any questions about this document we've also produced the following FAQ guide.

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By Email: Coacheducation@nottinghamshirefa.com