FA Level 2

This summer, the way in which The FA Level 2 course is delivered will change. From 1 August 2016, the course will adopt the following structure.

Course Duration

145 hours (total qualification time) / 73 hours (guided learning)

Course Pre-requisites to registration and certification

Prior to certification for the qualification, learners are required to

Course aims and objectives

This nationally recognised qualification, awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications will take the learner on a journey through the core components of the England DNA – How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player, helping them to begin shaping or refining their own coaching philosophy.

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football leads to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football qualification.

In order to understand the coaching of players, coaches need to understand themselves, their players and the game itself. This course will support learners along this process both on-course and in their own coaching environment.

The course is underpinned by the ethos of allowing the players to feel included, empowered and to be able to make mistakes. It is about designing relevant game-like practices with plenty of decision-making that enables the players to practice in an environment that’s positive and enjoyable. This course is designed to prepare learners for employment as a football coach with the ability to put these key ideas into practice. As a FA Level 2 football coach, learners will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and progressive football coaching sessions independently.

This course will cover key issues in coaching while putting the players and their learning at the centre of the choices that coaches make. It will help learners to reflect on, realise the impact of, and justify the decisions they make while encouraging a long-term view on player development. The course will examine what effective and great practice looks like in training and competition, right the way through the player’s journey from under 7 to open age, across the various formats of the game, helping coaches to consider the age, ability, maturity and experience of the players in their care.

The course of learning is made up of 20 guided learning, face-to-face workshops covering a range of topics linked to the England DNA, split into three blocks of learning (Block 1 – How We Coach, Block 2 – How We Support and The Future Player, Block 3 – How We Play).

Please note - All Courses will be conducted in English and therefore candidates are required to be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Candidates registering for this course who do not meet the English understanding criteria or have not declared a physical disability for which support may be required may be asked to leave the course without refund.  In accepting the terms & conditions of the course you are confirming that you have understood the above.

Learners booking onto this course must have access to a group of players throughout the course to allow for visits in their own coaching environment.  If you do not have access to a group of players or you are not linked with a club, we would recommend that you enrol once you have access to a group of players/club. 

As part of the course of training, learners will receive visits from their course tutor.  We would recommend that learners who coach outside of the county area contact their parent county FA to see if they have suitable dates for them to attend to allow for visits from a locally based tutor. 

Example Course Schedule.

Block 1 - How We Coach (4 days)

Tuesday 9th August                 Theory/Practical              9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 10th August          Theory/Practical              9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 11th August              Theory/Practical              9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 12th August                  Theory/Practical               9.00am - 5.00pm

Block 2 - How We Support & The Future Player (3 days)

Monday 10th October                Theory/Practical            9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 11th October                Theory/Practical            9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 12th October           Theory/Practical            9.00am - 5.00pm

Block 3 - How We Play (3 days)

Monday 12th December            Theory/Practical             9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 13th December            Theory/Practical             9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 14th December       Theory/Practical             9.00am - 5.00pm


Read more at http://www.thefa.com/st-georges-park/fa-education/fa-national-courses/the-new-fa-level-2#d0TqRDU8jHj3q8CS.99