Coaching qualifications needed to work in football in the UK

The coaching of footballers

Coaching is an important part of football as it enables youngsters to learn all aspects of the game from an early age, both in relation to playing skills and on how they should conduct themselves on the football pitch– such issues as fair play being an integral aspect of coaching young players.

Qualification levels for football coaches

There are certain levels of coaching which must be attained before an individual is able to coach at different levels of the sport.

These are:

  • FA Level 1
  • FA Level 2
  • FA Level 3 (UEFA B)
  • FA Level 4 (UEFA A)
  • FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro)

FA Level 1

Level 1 is the UK’s most popular coaching course. It can be completed in just a few days and provides an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from age under-seven upwards.

To achieve Level 1 certification you must:

  • be aged 16 or over;
  • hold a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate (provided as a separate workshop as part of the Level One course);
  • have attended the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop (provided as a separate module as part of the Level One course).

Courses are coordinated by local County FAs. Click here to find a course near you.

FA Level 2

Level 2 is for more experienced coaches and covers key issues in coaching. It takes 145 hours to complete and successful participants achieve the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football qualification. Those signing up for this course must:

  • be aged 16 or over;
  • have attended the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, and hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification;
  • hold a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate;
  • have completed the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop or the new FA Safeguarding for Coaches Workshop.

Courses are coordinated by local County FAs. Click here to find your closest County FA.

FA Level 3 (UEFA B)

For many, completion of the Level 2 course will provide all the skills required to coach at a community level. However, for coaches who wish to progress to a higher level, the Level 3 (UEFA B) qualification represents the next step.

The course is designed to be the bridge between the grassroots game and the professional game. It takes eight days to complete and requires three in-situ visits.

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For more information on:

  • FA Level 4 (UEFA A)
  • FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro)