FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, provides learners with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age.

Course Duration

43 hours (total qualification time) / 33 hours (guided learning)

Course Pre-requisites to certification

- Be at least 16 years of age
- Hold, as a minimum, a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate*
- Hold an in date completion certificate for the current FA Safeguarding Children Workshop or the new FA Safeguarding for Coaches Workshop*

FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding are built into our level 1 courses.

*both are modules making up the How We Support component of The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course

Course aims and objectives

Learners will gain an insight into the game in England, how it’s played and how they can coach to better support the development of future players. The qualification is designed to prepare learners to coach football at the grassroots level.

Through the completion of the learning programme for this qualification, learners will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and reviewing individual football coaching sessions. The foundation level of knowledge and skills developed through this qualification will enable learners to create safe, fun and engaging coaching sessions through building, developing and extending a series of linked practices.

Learners will be introduced to basic game formats, key rules, and the England DNA coaching fundamentals and playing principles through completion of four mandatory components; How We Coach, How We Play, The Future Player and How We Support.

Throughout the course learners will be introduced to

The England DNA – How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player

The FA 4 Corner Player Development Model which will help them gain a better understanding of the long-term development of their players as a whole person

The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping them construct appropriate practices and sessions for their players

A series of practical coaching ideas, giving them the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe, fun and engaging practices to help their players develop

Practical coaching opportunities both on the course and where possible with their own players and teams

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 e-learning modules hosted on The FA Learner Management System (LMS). The e-learning modules cover core topics including the role of the coach, long-term player development and The FA Plan, Do, Review model.

Please note

If you possess a current FA Level 1 or 2 and Youth Module Awards your qualifications will remain valid. To work out how you fit into the new pathway please download our Recognition of Prior Learning Process (RPL) document. If you've read this document and still have questions about where you should enter the pathway click here for our RPL FAQs guide.

Please click here to view the new FA Coach Education Pathway.

For a full list of FAQs please click here.

To book onto one of the courses below, please click on the individual links below courses:


Course Dates (please check book online for available spaces)

Prudhoe - Level 1 - November

Wednesday 1st November – 6pm – 9.30pm

Thursday 2nd November – Classroom 6pm – 8pm (Safeguarding Children Workshop)

Saturday 4th November – 9am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 8th November – 6pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 11th November – 9am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 15th November – 6pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 18th November – 9am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 22nd November – Classroom 6pm – 9pm – (Emergency First Aid)

Saturday 25th November – 9am – 12.30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=201702#regform

Goals - Level 1 - November

Tuesday 7th November 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Thursday 9th November 2017 – 6pm-8pm

Friday 10th November 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 14th November 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Friday 17th November 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 21st November 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Friday 24th November 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 28th November 2017 – 6pm-9pm

Friday 1st December 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197123#regform


If you require any additional help for bookings please get in touch with Andrew Smith (0191 2700700) Andrew.smith@northumberlandfa.com
For additional information please get in touch with Phil Robinson (0191 2700700) Phil.robinson@northumberlandfa.com

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