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Introduction to First Aid in Football

Develop your knowledge and understanding of medical care for players of all ages.

Course Overview

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90-120 minutes

Minimum Age:





About the course

Introduction to First Aid in Football is an online course suitable for anyone looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of first aid care for players of all ages.

Medical emergencies in football can strike at any time. From common injuries to life-threatening situations such as sudden cardiac arrest, understanding basic first aid can help save lives. The FA is pleased to offer this introductory football first aid course for you to complete at your own pace. 

Throughout this online first aid course, you will work through online modules and learn to  respond quickly should a medical emergency arise, as well as gaining the confidence to handle situations the right way until further help arrives, either in the form of the club first aider or a paramedic.

Once you have completed the Introduction to First Aid in Football, you will be awarded a certificate that will be valid for three years. You will also be able to return to the course at any time to refresh your knowledge.

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This course will help you to:

  • Understand The FA concussion guidelines and the appropriate first aid for players with head injuries

  • Know when a player is experiencing difficulty breathing

  • Know the signs and symptoms of life-threatening conditions and potential first aid initial management

  • Recognise an injured or ill player

  • Perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED)

Course structure

1. Online learning modules

Introducing First Aid in Football is split into six online learning modules. Each module has some knowledge checks built-in, as well as a short final assessment to check your understanding. You will need to complete each module before unlocking the next:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: The A-E Approach
  • Module 3: Delivering CPR
  • Module 4: Medical Emergencies
  • Module 5: Concussion in Football
  • Module 6: Assessment

2. Resources

Alongside the online learning modules, you will be given checklists, manuals, videos and more to help support you throughout the course. You can use these resources as you work through the course, and in your own time.

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