FA Level 1

This course provides an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for players. The course will introduce practical drills to develop players’ technical skills such as shooting, turning with the ball and heading. It is ideally suited to those working with groups of young players.

Course Aims & Objectives

To provide learners with an introduction to offering the principles/practice of safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of football to adults and young people, as an assistant normally under the supervision of a Level 2 qualified coach.

This certificate offers an opportunity for aspiring football coaches to be supported in developing their knowledge of how to effectively coach a local club or school team.

Course Content


The course will introduce some key aspects in the following:

  • Player and Coach development
  • The FA’s Respect Programme
  • Laws of the Game
  • An introduction to the FA's Long Term Player Development Model
  • An introduction to Football for All

The course will also provide (as separately organised workshops) the following for candidates:

  • FA Emergency Aid
  • FA Safeguarding Children in Football
  • Practical

Practical elements of the course will provide an introduction to:

  • Warm up and cool down game related activities
  • Passing and control
  • Turning with the ball
  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Heading
  • Goalkeeping
  • Individual Attacking
  • Individual Defending
  • Small sided games

Practical Involvement: Candidates will be encouraged to participate practically to maximise their opportunities for learning (however inability to participate will not prevent successful completion of the award).

Course Pre-requisites

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Hold as a minimum a current FA/Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Emergency Aid Certificate
  • Have attended The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop (candidates under the age of 18 years are eligible to complete The FA Child Protection Distance Learning Module ‘Safeguarding Children in Football – A Guide’ as an alternative to the workshop).

The above pre-requisites, for those who do not already hold the appropriate evidence, will normally be provided by recognised centres as part of the learning programme.

Successful Completion

All pre-requisites are met along with completion of all workbook tasks. A 20 minute practical delivery assessment is required to complete and pass the course.
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