Book Online The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

The FA Level 1 is the first step on the FA Coach Education Pathway. If you want to start or are currently coaching football, and wish to learn more, this is the perfect course for you.

Course Information:

Minimum Age: 16 

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

Course Pre-requisites to certification:

Prior to registration for the qualification, learners are required to: 

  • be at least 16 years of age 

To complete the course you must hold a valid Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding qualification. If you do not currently hold this, they are included on the course. If you do hold a valid FA Safeguarding Children and/ or FA Emergency First Aid  qualification please ensure you inform your course tutor at the start of the course.

As part of the course you will be required to complete five modules related to The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football and one module related to The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. These are accessible once you have booked onto the course

Course aims and objectives:

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, provides learners with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age. 

Learners will gain an insight into the game in England, how it’s played and how they can coach to better support the development of future players. The qualification is designed to prepare learners to coach football within the grassroots game. 
Through the completion of the learning programme for this qualification, learners will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and reviewing individual football coaching sessions. The foundation level of knowledge and skills developed through this qualification will enable learners to create safe, fun and engaging coaching sessions through building, developing and extending a series of linked practices. 

Learners will be introduced to basic game formats, key rules, and the England DNA coaching fundamentals and playing principles through completion of four mandatory components; How We Coach, How We Play, The Future Player and How We Support. 

Throughout the course learners will be introduced to:

1. The England DNA – How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player

2. The FA 4 Corner Player Development Model which will help them gain a better understanding of the long-term development of their players as a whole person

3. The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping them construct appropriate practices and sessions for their players

4. A series of practical coaching ideas, giving them the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe, fun and engaging practices to help their players develop

5. Practical coaching opportunities both on the course and where possible with their own players and teams   

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

Equality: FA Education will ensure that it treats people fairly, with respect, providing access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities in an atmosphere free from harassment, bullying, discrimination or abuse. FA Education will seek to provide a service which is appropriate to the needs of an individual and to make reasonable adjustments or provide support, where appropriate, to cater for those needs.

Book onto The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football by clicking on this link

Please note to access this online application, you will need a FAN (FA Number). 

If you have ever been involved in football or taken an FA Qualification, it is highly likely you already have a FAN. If you do not know your FAN or password, or need to create a FAN, please use our FAN FINDER tool by clicking to register/retrieve your details. Please be aware that if you already have a FAN, and create another FAN, this could cause delays in being confirmed on the course and any qualifications being awarded. 

Click on this for the FAN FINDER

If you have forgotten your password please use the following link -

If you do not have a FAN please use the following link to register for a FAN -






  • Book Online
Advanced Search Loading...
Football needs Referees