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The FA's free online entry-level football course.

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It’s perfect for anyone interested in taking a more active role in grassroots football and it’s open to all.

About the Course

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. Once you’re signed up, you’ll cover the following topics:

  • make football 'For All'
  • connect with your players
  • create fun sessions
  • keep football safe
  • take your next step.

By the end, you'll be ready to hit the pitch with confidence and start helping out at your local grassroots football club, centre, or initiative.

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The Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Confidently support fun, safe and inclusive football sessions
  • Help respond to concussion and sudden cardiac arrest emergencies as well as embed your Emergency Action Plan into your team/club
  • Encourage participation through effective use of motivation and communication techniques
  • Use the STEP framework to plan fun activities that meet players’ needs.
  • Understand how to use England DNA principles of positivity, ball-rolling and game-based practice to create engaging sessions.
  • Move onto The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course - if you want to! There's no requirement to move onto our coaching pathway if it's not right for you and your role in the game.

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