FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

FA Level 1 in Coaching Football


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.

Course overview

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

Price: TBC

Minimum age: 16

Booking: To register on a course or for more information, please contact Football Development Officer Angus Mackay:

E: angus.mackay@guernseyfa.com
T: 01481 200443


Workshop 1 & 2 - build a practice

  • Introduction
  • Qualities of a coach
  • What is a game (rules and scoring system)
  • The game in England
  • Build a practice 'for your players'

Workshop 3 & 4 - develop a practice

  • 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'

Workshop 5, 6 & 7 - extend a practice

  • 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

Workshop 8 - FA Safeguarding for Coaches & FA Emergency Aid



Prior to certification for the qualification, you are required to:

  • hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate
  • attend the two hour ‘How We Support’ Block* (safeguarding) of The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football and complete the one hour Safeguarding Children online learning

*if you have an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate which is less than three years old or have completed the Safeguarding Children Recertification within the last three years you do not need to attend this module. However, completion of this module will update your qualification for a further three years.



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


frequently asked questions

The FA Youth Award Modules previously received a high level of positive feedback from learners, yet take-up rates were usually lower than the core coaching qualifications.

Therefore, in order to raise the standards of coaching, the principles of The FA Youth Award Modules have been incorporated into the core coaching qualifications to ensure all coaches have access to these principles and understand how to apply them to the environment in which they coach.

If you are completely new to coaching you will need to complete The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football first.

If you already hold an existing FA Level 1 you can go to the new FA Level 2 in Coaching Football qualification taking into consideration the action plan you received from your course tutor.

Yes, we have produced a recognition of prior learning document that outlines how the changes impact all current and prospective coaches. If you have any questions about this document we've also produced the following FAQ guide.