FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 16

Course Duration: ​145 hours (total qualification time) / 73 hours (guided learning)

Price: £410

Leading To: FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football

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This nationally recognised qualification will take the learner on a journey through the core components of the England DNA.

This nationally recognised qualification, awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications will take you 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 you to begin shaping or refining your own coaching philosophy.

The course 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). You will also receive up to two support visits between blocks to develop you in your own coaching environment.

Here's how the course works:

- Course introduction, Introduction to Coaching Football review and consolidation

- Role of the coach / coaching philosophy

- The social corner

- Helping players learn

- Motivation

- Self esteem

- Practice spectrum

- Developing skill

- Course introduction, Block 1 review and consolidation

- Player potential

- Managing difference

- Developing behaviour

- Managing mistakes

- The physical corner

Course introduction, Block 1 & 2 review and consolidation

- In possession 1

- In possession 2

- Out of possession 1

- Out of possession 2

- Goalkeeping


Course Pre-requisites

Prior to registration, learners must:

  • be accurately identified
  • be at least 16 years of age
  • have completed the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • hold an in date FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) (previously known as FA Emergency Aid)
  • hold a current certificate for The FA Safeguarding Children Course, The FA Safeguarding Children How We Support or The FA Online Safeguarding Children Recertification
  • regularly coaching a group of players in England who are aged u7+ and whom regularly play in organised/competitive fixtures in order to complete the assessed project and thus be eligible to complete the qualification


  • Develop an understanding of yourself as a coach, your players and the game itself
  • Develop game-like practices which incorporate decision-making while remaining enjoyable
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate a series of progressive football coaching sessions independently
  • Consider the age, ability, maturity and experience of players in your care

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.



Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the FA Level 2 in Coaching Football 

The provisions for this course will be controlled by The FA rather than County FA’s. Further details as to when this course will be available and how we can support you will follow in the near future. You can read about the changes here.

Please visit the coaches wanted page of our web site for the latest opportunities available within Middlesex.

FA Education will support you to complete Block Three of your FA Level Two in a digital format. FA Education will be in touch in the early part of 2021 to discuss your options. Please contact education@thefa.com for further details.

We are working to offer learners the opportunity to complete Block Two of your FA Level Two in a face to face environment when it is safe to do so. We will contact all learners to discuss options to complete Block Two.

Upon completion of Block Two, you will be eligible to complete Block Three of your FA Level Two in a digital format via FA Education.

If you have completed all aspects of your course, but need further in-situ, project or journal support to complete your qualification then get in touch with us at coaching@middlesexfa.com

Yes, learners can receive an extension to their registration period with 1st4sport if you have been unable to complete aspects of your FA Level Two course due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact coaching@middlesexfa.com to discuss your options.

If you have started a FA Level Two course, you are given a three year registration period by 1st4sport to complete all aspects of the course, have your journal & project signed off by your tutor, complete a minimum of two in-situ visits and demonstrate that you meet the course competencies. Learners must have attended all days of the course. You must also have a valid FA First Aid & FA safeguarding Children qualification at the point of completion.

The FA Level Two certificates are produced by 1st4sport directly and will be posted out. These usually follow 8 - 12 weeks from the date of being signed off by your tutor and completing your action plan. If you have not received your certificate after this timeframe, please contact 1st4sport on 0113 290 7610 or footballcoaching@1st4sportqualifications.com.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 020 8515 1929
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

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For anyone wanting to further develop their coaching this course will provide you with the tools and support to help you becoming a better coach and, in turn, produce higher quality coaching practices to benefit the players development.
- Middlesex FA Level 2 learner

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