FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 16

Course Duration: 4 week online course

Price: £130

Leading To: FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

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In summer 2021 a new Introduction to Coaching Football course is being launched to replace the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football qualification.

This will be an online course designed to provide learners with an introduction to coaching the game. The course will be complemented by practical and face to face learning experiences delivered locally as part of our ongoing coach development offer. 

Are you an FA Playmaker?

Before enrolling on the new Introduction to Coaching Football qualification, you need to complete the FA Playmaker course, supported by BT. This is a free online entry-level course and you don’t need any previous football experience or qualifications before signing up. All you need is an FA account and a laptop, tablet or mobile device and you’re good to go. The course can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. Sign up to FA Playmaker today and complete the course, then you’ll be ready to go when the new Introduction to Coaching Football course launches.


If you are already an FA Playmaker there are lots of opportunities to continue learning while you wait for the new course to launch.

Coaching resources

The Resources section of the Boot Room contains a range of different learning resources to explore; from articles on emerging trends and latest best practice to webinars and inspirational interviews.

FA Learning YouTube channel

If you’re looking for new ideas for training, tips for match-day, or just some simple games and session ideas for the kids during lockdown, visit The FA Learning YouTube channel. We’ve put all our best sessions, top-tips and tutorials together in one place, so you can easily find new ways to inspire your players with coaching ideas, straight from the England camp. Everything is free to access, and everything comes with that official FA seal of approval. 

Course Pre-requisites

In order to begin The FA Introduction to Coaching Football, you must already have completed The FA Playmaker.


The FA Playmaker supported by BT is our new, free online entry-level football course perfect for anyone interested in taking a more active role in grassroots football.

There are five modules in total and you don’t need any previous football experience or qualifications before signing up.

In fact, all you need is an FA Number (FAN) and a laptop, tablet or mobile device. Then you’re good to go.


"I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed the course, if I am being honest I know a lot of the guys including myself wasn't really looking forward to it and thought it was a waste of time however, Chris made all the sessions really fun and I know that a lot of us are already seeing a massive improvement in our training sessions and the kids are really enjoying them to. Just wanted to say thank you for arranging the course and thank you to Chris!"

Course tutor candidates

"I've just got home from finishing my L1 coaching course and I just wanted to make it known to you guys how fantastic Chris has been throughout the duration of the course. He has always been punctual, attentive and really has motivated me to try and be the best coach I can be; not only with technical side of the game but with my own confidence. 

The course has really helped me develop as a young coach with young players and for me Chris has really instilled the FA's DNA and ethos which will make me strive to be the most professional coach I can be.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to any one young or old who is passionate for the game because i really believe that this course will allow you to access a whole new love and passion for the game.

I look forward to continuing this season, and now I am looking at my L2 already!!" 

I just wanted to give a bit of feedback about the course. Like a lot of us, I fell into coaching without really knowing what I was letting myself in for! Always loved football, played as a kid, never really remember being coached and as a result I was basing my practices on guesswork and things I remembered from years ago.

This course has given me a complete structure to work to, one that makes sense and has really made me think about what kind of coach I want to be. I had never really thought about the possibility that my team could have an overtly inclusive ethos, or more importantly, the harm I could be doing if I base selection on ability. My kids will directly benefit from me having been on this course and or two might be saved from my well intended but flawed approach until now!

Chris is an excellent coach and strikes the right balance between support and challenge and the sessions themselves were a lot more enjoyable than I expected...it’s been good to see ‘what good looks like’ even if I never quite reach that level as a part timer!

Available Dates

Unfortunately there are no available dates.

Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Get In Touch

Corinne Winkworth- Development Administrator

By Phone: 01208 262985
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email:  corinne.winkworth@cornwallfa.com



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 document 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.

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.

FA Level 1 and 2 Packs with St Georges Park Background

FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

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