1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Football

Awarded by 1st4Sport Qualifications and developed in partnership with The Football Association, this course will provide those with an ongoing involvement or experience in football with further development of their knowledge in effectively planning, conducting and evaluating football coaching sessions. Building on the skills learnt in the FA Level 1 certificate in coaching football, the course will provide a deeper understanding of coaching, introducing new theme’s such as looking at different coaching styles and understanding players’ nutritional needs.

Course Information:

Minimum Age: 16

Course Duration: 75 hours

Course Prerequisites: FA Safeguarding Children, Emergency First Aid, FA Online Laws of the Game. (Please note, this learning may be included in your Level 2 course program, please contact your County FA for more details).

Course aims and objectives: This nationally recognised qualification will provide candidates who have an ongoing involvement in football, with the opportunity to gain knowledge of how to effectively plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions.

FA Licensed Coaches Club: 75 hours at Level 1 and 2 only. If you are not a member of the FA Licensed Coaches’ Club and are interested in joining, please visit http://facc.thefa.com. You can also contact us via email at falicencequery@thefa.com or via phone on 0844 980 8212

Theory: The course will introduce a number of key aspects related to the role of a football coach in working with youth players. These are delivered via home based study tasks and Tutor delivered workshops.

  • The roles, skills and qualities of a football coach
  • Developing session plans and associated information for planning
  • Awareness of safe and organised activities
  • Preparation for potential accidents, illnesses and emergencies
  • A consideration of coaching styles
  • Coaching session evaluation and self-reflection
  • Nutritional needs of football players
  • Fitness components related to football
  • The planning of progressive coaching sessions.

Practical: The practical elements of the course will provide the following:

  • The principles of attacking to include creating and exploiting space
  • Passing
  • Support Play
  • Ball Control
  • Dribbling
  • Running with the ball
  • Turning
  • Goalkeeping
  • Finishing
  • Heading
  • The principles of defending to include denying and restricting space
  • Defensive play when organised and outnumbered

In addition candidates will have the opportunity to undertake two observed practical coaching sessions with their Tutor and receive feedback based on selected criteria. This will form the basis of an opportunity to deliver 12 hours of coaching in the candidate's work place to apply the experience gained from the course of training.

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/FAL Laws of the Game Online module)

2. All candidate portfolio tasks

3. Practical delivery of a 35 minute practical coaching activity that will be progressed on a specific theme relating to the course syllabus

Re-assessment: Candidates can be reassessed within a 24 month period from registration

Refresher: Every 3 years as specified in The FAL Level 2 CPD and Refresher Policy

Suggested additional learning opportunities:

FAL Online Courses: Coaching Children, Running a Club, Futsal Laws of the Game, Soccer Camp Coaches, Planning, Preparing and Evaluating Coaching Sessions, Disciplinary, Fitness in Football Level 1, Psychology for Soccer Level 1, Player and Match Analysis.

  • FA Youth Award Module 1 - Developing the Environment
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Football (UEFA B)
  • FA Goalkeeping Coaching Award (Level 1)
  • FA Goalkeeping Coaching Certificate (Level 2)
  • FA Goalkeeping B License Course
  • Introduction to Futsal Course
  • Coaching Disabled Footballers Course
  • Education Modules (selection of eight)
  • FAL Age Appropriate Coaching - Introductory Module

Equality: FA Learning will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, it's activities in an atmosphere free from harassment, bullying, discrimination or abuse. FA Learning 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.

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