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: £130

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 Safeguarding Children Workshop and the FA Level 1 Intro to First Aid in Football (IFAiF)


Course Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites to begin your FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course.


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


"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.