FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 16

Course Duration: 43 hours (total qualification time) / 33 hours (guided learning)

Price: £240

Leading To: FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

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The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football provides learners with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age.

  • The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, is the first stepping-stone on the core coaching pathway. It will provide you with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age.

    You will gain insight into the game in England, how it is played and how you can coach to better support the development of future players.

    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 eLearning modules hosted on The FA Learning Management System (LMS). The eLearning modules cover core topics including the role of the coach, long-term player development and The FA Plan, Do, Review model.

- Introduction

- Qualities of a coach

- What is a game (rules and scoring system)

- The game in England

- Build a practice 'for your players'

- Review of Block 1

- England DNA (in possession, out of possession and transition)

- Technical components of the game

- Principles of play

- Develop a practice 'for your players'

- Review of Block 2

- FA 4 Corner Long-term Player Development Model

- Differentiation - supporting individuals

- Extend the practice 'for your players'

- Linking practice to match day

- Managing self, parents, players and the game on match day

- Course review

Participants will undertake the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop and the FA Level 1 Intro to First Aid in Football (IFAiF)


Course Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites to begin your FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course.


You will be introduced to:

  • The England DNA
  • The FA 4 Corner Model which will help you gain a better understanding of player long-term development
  • The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping you construct appropriate practices and sessions
  • A series of practical coaching ideas, giving you the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe and engaging practices

Available Dates

Unfortunately there are no available dates.

Important Information

Full Dates: Sat 29th Feb, 7th Mar, 14th Mar 9:30 - 17:30, Thurs 19th Mar 18:30 - 21:30

First Aid: Wed 4th March or Tues 10th March
Safeguarding Children: Tues 17th March

As of the start of the 2019/20 season we are VAT registered and now have to include VAT on all our education courses. This means there will be a slight increase in the cost of courses. Discounts are still available to Affiliated and CS clubs.

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Special Offer!

Discounts available for coaches from Herefordshire FA Affiliated clubs and Herefordshire FA Charter Standard Clubs 

HFA Affiliated Clubs: course cost £220.00
HFA CS Clubs: course cost £200.00 

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No, learners are required to attend all dates and times associated to the course they have booked onto. Failure to attend all dates and times will result in non-qualification and individuals will need to book and pay to attend the course again in full to become certificated. In special circumstances, when an attendee is unable to attend one of the workshops exceptions may be made. This is at Herefordshire FA and the tutors discretion.

Yes, the safeguarding course and emergency aid qualification are football specific so it is essential for all coaches and aspiring coaches to be certified and up to date with these qualifications. The FA also require a CRC to be submitted to themselves, even if you have had one for another job or voluntary role outside of football.

Get In Touch

Difficulty booking on? contact:

By Phone: 01432 342179
(8am - 4pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: Paul.Cotton@HerefordshireFA.com