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Get into Coaching

Your coaching journey starts here

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Become a Coach

Coaches are essential for teaching and developing players at every level of football. By becoming an FA qualified coach, not only are you taking the first steps into a rewarding career, but you will also:

    • Inspire and develop others
    • Play a huge role in ensuring football can be played by all 
    • Make new and lasting friends
    • Gain a range of transferable skills

    Follow the link below to learn more about any one of the number of different FA coaching courses we offer. 
    FA Grassroots Coach
    A coach gives direction to a team of girls during training
    the first step in your coaching career

    FA Level 1 award in coaching football

    Leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football, the course will provide you with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 upwards.


    Frequently asked questions about getting into coaching 

    An FA Level 1 course will provide you with your first taste of The FA’s playing and coaching philosophy – the England DNA - through the four key components; How We Coach, How We Support, The Future Player and How We Play. Not only this, but on completion of the course you will achieve the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification. This will enable you to coach confidently and competently in your own environment.


    All of our latest coaching opportunities can be found here.


    All course bookings are taken online, through the FA's Learner Management system (LMS) or, on occasions, through the FA's participant system. Once you have successfully booked onto a course, you will receive a notification via email.

    No, you must complete the FA Level 1 course first. Upon completion, your course tutor will provide feedback as to when they believe you should move onto the next level.

    You don't need to be with a club to complete the FA Level 1 in Coaching course, however you will need to have access to players.


    You will need to complete the FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding Children workshops. These are included as part of the FA Level 1 Course structure. Our policies and procedures section will further explain some of the terms and conditions around our courses.

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    (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

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