FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

Introduction to Coaching Football

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 16

Course Duration: 4 week online course

Price: £185

Leading To: FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

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Officially launching on the week commencing 14 June 2021, Introduction to Coaching Football is the perfect online football coaching course for anyone looking to take a more active role in the game.

Please Note: You will not be able to take Introduction to Coaching Football if you have not completed The FA Playmaker course. You can sign-up to become an FA Playmaker for free here.

The course blends live weekly webinars, e-learning, community support and a range of resources to provide you with the skills to coach players of all ages.  

 Much like a successful team, Introduction to Coaching Football relies on several key areas to work. By delivering the course in this way, we are able to help you create a safe, fun and positive football environment. 

Upon completion, you will gain confidence, begin developing your own style and apply what you’ve learned to become a transformational coach.  

To pass the course, you will need to work through e-learning modules, unlocking new ones each week, as well as completing a short online assessment. The e-learning can be completed in stages in your own time. 

Here’s how it works: 

When you enrol, you’ll be given exclusive access to our online coaching community, which is a place for you to share tips, discuss ideas and learn from other coaches as you work through the course. We encourage you to stay active on the community and get involved in discussions to get the most out of your experience. 

You’ll also have access to a number of useful resources, case studies and practice videos to use alongside your weekly webinars, giving you the chance to apply practical skills to real-life coaching sessions. 

The modules below need to be completed to pass the course. They are specifically designed to give you the knowledge you need to pass a quick assessment. A number of these e-learning modules include short recaps to help check your knowledge: 

-Course Introduction (10m) 
-Introduction to Disability Football (30m) 
-Respect (10m) 
-Safeguarding Children (2h) 
-Introduction to First Aid in Football (2h) 
-Assessment (10m) 

Hosted by our expert course developers, these weekly discussions will focus on some of the most important things you’ll need as a football coach: 

-Week One - Falling in Love with the Game (1h) 
-Week Two - Learning About Football (1h) 
-Week Three - Friendships in Football (1h) 

Course Prerequisites 

To begin Introduction to Coaching Football you must complete The FA Playmaker, which is a completely free online course focused on taking an active role in football. 

If you haven’t yet completed The FA Playmaker, or you’d like to find out a bit more about how it works, you can click here.


Replacing The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football Course

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football has now been replaced by Introduction to Coaching Football. We are excited to take you on this new journey to help you become the best coach you can be. 


The FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football

Available Dates

Unfortunately there are no available dates.

Changes to Coach education

In November 2020 The FA Learning team confirmed several changes to coach education across the country.

Click below to find out the full details of the changes and the future of coach education.

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Frequently asked questions about The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

The provisions for this course will be controlled by The FA directly from June 2021. Prior to this time, the County FA will not be running any further face to face sessions. 

You can read about the changes here. If you haven’t already, we would recommend completing The FA Playmaker; this is a new course for anyone who is interested in taking a more active role in grassroots football. You can learn more about the course, and access it here.

Find out more about the changes to Coach Education here.

If you have attended up to a minimum of workshop 2 of your FA Level One Course in a face to face environment with Middlesex FA prior to December 2020 and are within your registration period, FA Education will assist you with completing the remainder of your course.

You should have received an e-mail from FA Education with details of how you can complete the remaining aspects of your course in a digital format. If you have not been contacted with details, please contact education@thefa.com.

If you have started a FA Level One course, you are given a two year registration period by 1st4sport to complete all aspects of the course, this includes all online modules. You must also have a valid FA First Aid & FA safeguarding Children qualification at the point of completion.

The FA Level One certificates are produced by 1st4sport directly and will be posted out. These usually follow 8 - 12 weeks from the date of completing all aspects of the course (including online modules). If you have not received your certificate after this timeframe, please contact 1st4sport on 0113 290 7610 or footballcoaching@1st4sportqualifications.com .

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