The new qualifications were available from August 1st 2016 and are designed to modernise the first steps of The FA’s coaching pathway.
The purpose of the new courses is to create a clear introduction to this pathway that is aimed at people who want to coach as a volunteer at community club level or aspire to make football coaching a career.
Both Level 1 and Level 2 courses have evolved to help address the requirements of the modern game, and have been structured so coaches can enjoy a more flexible and personal learning experience.
Lasting up to 22 hours, which would be spread over several sessions, the majority of the Level 1 course is spent developing the required coaching skills on the pitch, with supportive tasks now available digitally.
Crucially, coaches will now also be able to enjoy mentor support, from Level 1 and beyond.
The new Level 2 course lasts ten days over three different blocks of learning and has been re-shaped to better reflect what’s required to coach specifically within youth football.
It combines content from the existing FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, with elements of The FA Youth Award Modules 1 & 2. It has been put together with new content from The FA’s coach competency model.
Both qualifications have been modernised to help ensure there is a consistency in how coaching courses will be delivered at both the grassroots and elite end of the game – from Level 1 to Pro Licence – linking coaching modules to The FA’s England DNA philosophy. Anybody over 16 wanting to learn the basic skills of coaching football can apply.
Please click here to view the new FA Coach Education Pathway or for a full list of FAQs please click here
Herefordshire FA is currently working to develop the new learning programme for the 2017-18 season. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact Jess Aspey on 01432 342179 or Jess.Aspey@HerefordshireFA.com
In addition, the new coaching pathway has been incorporated into the new FA Charter Standard criteria that was released at the start of the 2015-16 season.The ‘How we Coach’ module in the new FA Level 2 will be equivalent to the FA Youth Module 1 and the ‘Future Player’ and ‘How we support’ modules will be equivalent to FA Youth Module 2. Therefore this will follow the same requirements and timeline for new and existing clubs to meet the new FA Charter Standard Criteria.