Level 1 in Coaching Football

The Level 1 in Coaching Football is the first step towards becoming a recognised football coach.

Course Duration

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

Course Pre-requisites to certification

Be at least 16 years of age 

Hold a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate and FA Safeguarding Children certificate.  Both these workshops form part of the Level 1 course.

Course aims and objectives

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. 

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. 

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.


How much does it cost?

£150 Bursaries of £20 may be available to Charter Standard Clubs, payable on completion of the course. To claim your bursary please request and return an application form to County Headquarters.

Registering on a course

Please click here to view forthcoming dates and venues and to book online.

If the course is full please contact Kate Dixon on 01603 704050 or email Kate.Dixon@NorfolkFA.com to be placed on the waiting list.

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