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 (available spaces)

Hirst Welfare – Level 1 - June 2017

 Monday 5th June 2017 - 6-9.30pm

Wednesday 7th June 2017 – 6-8pm (Safeguarding Children)

Saturday 10th June 2017 – 9am-12:30pm

Monday 12th June 2017 – 6-9:30pm

Saturday 17th June 2017 – 9am-12:30pm

Monday 19th June2017 – 6-9:30pm

Saturday 24th June 2017 – 9am-12:30pm

Monday 26th June 2017 – 6-9pm (Emergency First Aid)

Saturday 1st July 2017 – 9am-12:30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197111#regform


Goals – Level 1 - June 2017

Tuesday 6th June 2017 – 6-9.30pm

Thursday 8th June 2017 – 6-8pm (Safeguarding Children)

Friday 9th June 2017 - 6-9.30pm

Tuesday 13th June 2017 - 6-9.30pm

Friday 16th June 2017 - 6-9.30pm

Tuesday 20th June 2017 - 6-9.30pm

Friday 23rd June 2017 - 6-9.30pm

Tuesday 27th June 2017 - 6-9.00pm (Emergency Aid)

Thursday 29th June 2017 - 6-9.30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197048#regform


NFA – Level 1 - July 2017

Monday 3rd July 2017 – 6-9.30pm

Wednesday 5th July 2017 – 6-8pm (Safeguarding Children)

Saturday 8th July 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Monday 10th July 2017 – 6-9.30pm

Saturday 15th July 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Monday 17th July 2017 – 6-9.30pm

Saturday 22nd July 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Monday 24th July 2017 – 6-9pm (Emergency First Aid)

Saturday 29th July 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197112#regform


NFA – Level 1 (Sundays) – July 2017

Sunday 9th July 2017 – 9am-5pm

Tuesday 11th July 2017 – 6-9pm (Emergency First Aid)

Sunday 16th July 2017 – 9am-5pm

Sunday 23rd July 2017 – 9am-5pm

Sunday 30th July 2017 – 9am-5pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197114#regform

Goals - Level 1 - August 2017

Tuesday 1st August 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Thursday 3rd August 2017 – 6-8pm

Friday 4th August 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 8th August 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Friday 11th August - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 15th August 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Friday 18th August 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 22nd August 2017  - 6pm-9pm

Friday 25th August 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197115#regform


NFA – Level 1 – August 2017

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 – 6-9.30pm

Thursday 3rd August 2017 – 6-8pm (Safeguarding Children)

Saturday 5th August 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Wednesday 9th August 2017 – 6-9.30pm

Saturday 12th August 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Wednesday 16th August 2017 – 6-9.30pm

Saturday 19th August 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – 6-9pm (Emergency First Aid)

Saturday 26th August 2017 – 9am-12.30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197118#regform


Goals - Level 1 - September

Tuesday 5th September 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Thursday 7th September 2017 – 6pm-8pm

Friday 8th September 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 12th September 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Friday 15th September 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 19th September 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Friday 22nd September 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Tuesday 26th September 2017 – 6pm-9pm

Friday 29th September 2017 - 6pm-9.30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197120#regform


Hirst Welfare – Level 1 -  October 2017

Tuesday 3rd Oct - 6-9.30pm

Thursday 5th Oct – 6-8pm (Safeguarding Children)

Saturday 7th Oct – 9am-12:30pm

Tuesday10th Oct – 6-9:30am

Saturday 14th Oct – 9am-12:30pm

Tuesday 17th Oct – 6-9:30pm

Saturday 21st Oct – 9am-12:30pm

Tuesday 24th Oct – 6-9pm (Emergency First Aid)

Saturday 28th Oct – 9am-12:30pm

Book your place HERE: https://eventspace.thefa.com/northumberlandfa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=197122#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 - Option 2 - Option 2) Andrew.smith@northumberlandfa.com
For additional information please get in touch with Phil Robinson (0191 2700700 - Option 2 - Option 2) Phil.robinson@northumberlandfa.com

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