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Introduction to Coaching Football

This  online football coaching course is perfect for anyone looking to take a more active role in the game.

Course Overview

Introduction to Coaching Football

Course type:




4 weeks

Minimum Age:





Apply for a fully funded place

Applications for fully-funded places on Introduction to Coaching Football are now open until 7th April 2023. All applications will be reviewed in April, and learners will be contacted with their application outcome by the end of April 2023.

To support football truly being a game for all, we are offering 20% of all places on Introduction to Coaching Football free of charge as part of our Fully-Funded Places Programme.

The Fully-Funded Places Programme has been developed to support coaches who may be facing barriers to getting involved. We want to create a more inclusive coaching workforce and have worked with a number of organisations to develop the criteria for the programme.

We welcome applications from coaches who fit into one or more of the following categories:

  • Female coaches
  • Coaches from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • Coaches from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds
  • Coaches with disabilities
  • Coaches that identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community 

The programme also takes into consideration other relevant factors such as lived experience in care.

To find out more about our Fully-Funded Places Programme, please click here. To begin your application, please click the link below.*

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*If you are applying for a fully-funded place on this course, please do not purchase a place on the course until you have received the outcome of your application, as we will not be able to process refunds once a purchase has been made.

About the course

Do you have a passion for wanting to develop players, help them understand more about the game and embrace a love for football? The Introduction to Coaching Football course is a great place to start.

Whether you are currently coaching a team or looking to get into coaching, this course will help you create a safe, fun, and positive football environment.

The course blends live weekly webinars, e-learning, community support and a range of resources to provide you with the skills to coach players of all ages.

We will focus on the player, the game, and you as a coach.  You will learn from our coach developers who will share their experiences and knowledge on weekly webinar broadcasts. You will also connect with like-minded people via our coaching community to explore and share your stories while gaining advice and support throughout the course.

To pass Introduction to Coaching Football, you will need to work through e-learning modules, unlocking new ones each week, as well as completing a short online assessment. The e-learning can be completed in stages in your own time, and you will be given 12-months from your start date to complete the course. Check out the structure below to find out more about what's in store.

This course has replaced The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football.

If you've already started the course, you can jump back in here.

Please note, the Safeguarding Children Course and Introduction to First Aid in Football will be available to complete as soon as you’ve booked your place on Introduction to Coaching Football. To access the two courses, you need to complete the Course Introduction. Upon completion of each course, the qualifications will show on your FAN within 2-3 days.

If you are unable to access the Course Introduction after you book your place, please contact us at

Find out how Introduction to Coaching Football works

Course structure

1. Weekly Webinars

Hosted by our expert Coach Developers, these weekly discussions will focus on some of the most important things you’ll need as a football coach:

  • Week One - Engaging Players (1h)
  • Week Two - Learning About Football (1h)
  • Week Three - Matchday - Parent Relationships (1h) 

2. E-Learning

The modules below need to be completed to pass the course. They are specifically designed to give you the knowledge you need to pass a quick assessment. A number of these e-learning modules include short recaps to help check your knowledge: 

  • Course Introduction (10m)
  • Introduction to Disability Football (30m)
  • Respect (10m)
  • Safeguarding Children (2h)
  • Introduction to First Aid in Football (2h)
  • Assessment (10m)

3. Running a team guide

Whether you're coaching young children or adults, you will be given a 'Running a team guide' as part of the course. This guide will provide practice plans, advice on how to structure and plan coaching sessions and top tips in helping your players become more skilful. The guide also includes:

  • Spotlight practices – videos of practice ideas 
  • Maximising matchday 
  • Parent-coach communication plan
  • Useful links to other FA resources

4. The FA Community

When you enrol, you’ll be given exclusive access to our online coaching community, which is a place for you to share tips, discuss ideas and learn from other coaches as you work through the course. We encourage you to stay active on the community and get involved in discussions to get the most out of your experience.


You’ll also have access to a number of useful resources, case studies and practice videos to use alongside your weekly webinars, giving you the chance to apply practical skills to real-life coaching.

Course Availability


Tuesday 04 Apr 2023

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Wednesday 05 Apr 2023

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Thursday 06 Apr 2023

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Thursday 04 May 2023

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Friday 05 May 2023

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Saturday 06 May 2023

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Sunday 07 May 2023

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Frequently asked questions

You will need to login using the email address that is on your FAN and the associated password.

If you don’t know which email address you have registered to your FAN, you can click on ‘Sign in using FAN’ or ‘Forgotten email?’ where you can either sign in using your FAN or enter some details to find your registered email address.

If you don’t know your password, click here and click on ‘Forgotten password’ and follow the instructions to reset it.

You can check to see if you have a FAN already here.

For more support on this course, visit the Help Centre.