Grassroots Coaching

Whats involved in doing your FA Level 1 Coaching Certificate

The Football Association Level 1 course is the first rung in the football coach education ladder. It is a very good introduction for football coaches who have no or little experience of coaching, but want to develop and improve as coaches. The main focus of the course is to provide football coaches with an understanding of how to plan football coaching sessions and to make them safe, organised and fun.


We thought it would be useful to outline what the course is about, details below and where you go to find out how you can get on an FA Level 1 course and become qualified.

The county football associations are in charge of organising and running the courses. Details of all county Football Associations cane be accessed via this link We would suggest you contact your local County Football Association for more details.

Please click on and watch the video, which will give you an idea of the type of session that you will be able to coach after you have attended and qualified from a Football Association Level 1 course



Course Information:

  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Course Duration: Maximum 32 hours
  • Course Prerequisites: None
  • Course aims and objectives: This course will provide an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for young players. It is ideally suited to those working with groups of young players and/or teams.

Course Content:

Theory: The course will introduce some key aspects in the following:

  • Football Club Administration
  • Player and Coach development
  • Football Parent
  • Laws of the Game
  • An introduction to the FA’s Long Term Player Development Model

The course will also provide the following for candidates:

  • FA Emergency Aid (included in the course programme)
  • FA Safeguarding Children in Football (included in the course programme)

Practical Coaching: Practical elements of the course will provide an introduction to:

  • Warm up and cool down game related activities
  • Passing and control
  • Turning with the ball
  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Heading
  • Goalkeeping
  • Individual Attacking
  • Individual Defending
  • Small sided games

Practical Involvement: Candidates will be encouraged to participate practically to maximise their opportunities for learning. (This however will not prevent successful completion of the award)

Assessment: Assessment is via successful completion of:

1. All pre-requisites (First Aid/Safeguarding Children)
2. All portfolio tasks
3. Practical delivery of a 20 minute practical coaching activity based on a specific skill and age group, which demonstrates safe practice, organisation, enjoyment and progression to meet the needs of the players.

Re-assessment: Candidates can be reassessed within a 12 month period from registration on the course.

Refresher: Every 3 years as specified in the FAL Level 1 CPD and Refresher Policy.

Suggested additional learning opportunities:

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