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Introduction to Coaching

Learn how to become an FA qualified coach at any level of the game.

Have you ever wanted to be a football coach?

If you ever fancied yourself as a football coach and think you could develop and motivate players, why not become a FA-qualified coach?

The introductory Level One Award in Coaching Football course is available throughout the country and will prepare you for life as a football coach.

This course provides an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for players, providing practical drills to develop players’ technical skills such as shooting, turning with the ball and heading.

It is ideal for those who want to work with groups of young players or teams and is great introduction for absolutely anyone with an interest in football. The course takes just a few days of your spare time and nearly always runs over evenings and weekends to help you fit football coaching around your life.

The Level One is just one of 47 different football qualifications run by FA Learning, open to everyone willing to improve their knowledge and experience of the game.

Who takes the football coaching courses?

Just about anyone who wants to learn more about topics such as coaching football. We teach people from all walks of life, and you don’t even have to have any knowledge of football before signing onto one of the introductory courses. Often people just want to learn more about coaching – for example, many mothers and fathers take the 1st4Sport Level One Award in Coaching Football simply because they want to know how to run safe and effective coaching sessions for their kids’ teams.

The only rule is that you have to be at least 16 to take the course.

What courses are on offer?

Courses range from the basic entry level qualifications such as the 1st4Sport Level One Award in Coaching Football to more advanced levels such as the UEFA A and Pro Licences or the FA Youth Award Courses. There are also courses which deal with more specialist areas of football education, such as Goalkeeping Coaching level One of Coaching Disabled Footballers.

The full range of FA Learning courses can be found here

Where do I take an FA Learning course to help become a football coach?

The majority of FA Learning courses are run through your local County FA – which means there will definitely be a course running near you.

For example, there are approximately 1,500 Level One Award in Coaching Football courses running nationally each year, so there is bound to be one to suit your time schedule.

Every County FA has its own website, which advertises the available courses it is running. You can find the web addresses by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can contact the County FA directly who will be happy to help and provide you with any information you need.

How do I book myself on and pay for a course?

Nearly all County FAs have online systems on their websites to accept online payments for courses with a credit or debit card. Alternatively, you can contact them directly to request a booking form.

How do I get on the coaching pathway?

The coaching pathway is just a diagram which shows how FA Learning’s qualifications build on each other. For example, you couldn’t take your Level 3 before you take your Level 2!

It shows where different levels of qualification fit on the The FA framework and help show more easily what type of qualification you could take next.

Can I take courses in an intensive, residential environment?

Yes. Some courses, known as ‘national courses’, are run as intensive, residential courses at locations throughout England. Click here for details on the next set of courses to be run through into 2011.

Can I take any courses online?

Yes. More and more courses and supplementary courses can be taken online at your own pace. These courses are easy to use even if you have little computing expertise and flexible around your own schedule. Certificates are automatically sent to candidates upon completion.

What is FA Learning?

FA Learning is the education arm of The FA.

The FA has the responsibility of retaining and growing the football workforce and raising standards to have a positive impact on the game.

The long-term vision is to offer professional, accredited training, enhancing the skills of our current workforce and inspiring and developing the next generation of coaches, referees, medics and administrators.

FA Learning recognises the importance of creating recognised, formal qualification pathways and it is imperative that we encourage lifelong learning and personal responsibility for each individual to manage their own professional development.

FA Learning’s Purpose

  • To raise standards of Coach Education and performance through the delivery of high quality and bespoke training and educational programmes
  • To measure the quality of coaching and the impact that this has on the development of players
  • To train and provide career progression and educational pathways for each football discipline and thereby increasing the numbers of qualified practitioners e.g. Coach Educators, Coaches, Sports Medics, Referees, Administrators, Welfare Officers and Teachers
  • To retain and grow the current football workforce by attracting and inspiring the next generation from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds. In so doing, deliver against educational objectives and targets identified in the FA Vision, Coaching Strategy and the National Game Strategy
  • To cultivate continuous improvement by evaluating our programmes. To work towards establishing a comprehensive Research and Development programme, embracing regular review of the effectiveness of existing activities

But I’d rather be a referee? Are there courses for that?

Yes, there are. Please head to the Referees section of to learn and qualify by clicking here.