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The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football is awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications and has been developed in partnership with The Football Association (FA) and FA Learning.

Course Information

Minimum Age: 16

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

Course Pre-requisites to certification

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

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate*
    • hold a current completion certificate for The FA Workshop Safeguarding Children in Football*
    • *both Emergency Aid and Safeguarding courses are modules included within The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course. You do not need to book these separately!

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.



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Terms & Conditions

Before proceeding with your course booking please ensure that you have read and understood the East Riding County Football Association Terms and Conditions


East Riding FA Disclaimer

The East Riding County FA, nor the authority/organisation which provides the facilities is under any liability in respect of any injury, loss or damage which you may sustain.


East Riding FA pre-course information

If you have any disability or medical conditions which limit/hinder your involvement or participation in coaching activities, you are obliged to declare any relevant, current or previous injuries/illnesses. If you have any requirements regarding your disability or have been diagnosed as an asthmatic, diabetic or epileptic, or have any allergies that the course staff needs to be aware of, you must advise us accordingly. Please note, a declaration of injury or illness does not automatically preclude you from any course. You should further be aware that if you are on a regular course of medication for any condition, you must have sufficient medication to cover you throughout the course. Although first aid cover is provided (where applicable) during courses, no doctor is available to replenish regular medication, nor is there any facility to deliver medical treatment for chronic (longstanding) medical conditions.

You can make the County FA aware of this information during the booking process within the 'Learner Requirements' section.

Unless you email us to state otherwise, by booking the course you consent to photographs or video footage being taken during this course.



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