The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

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.

Course Duration

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

Course Pre-requisites to registration and certification

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have attended The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course, and hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification

Prior to certification for the qualification, learners are required to

  • Hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate
  • Hold an in date completion certificate for the current FA Workshop Safeguarding Children in Football or the new FA Safeguarding for Coaches Workshop (Alternative arrangements are available for learners under the age of 18 years of age)

Course aims and objectives

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).

How to book

You can book our next available FA Level 2 course by visiting our Lincolnshire FA Level 2 courses page HERE.

Please note

If you possess a current FA Level 1 or 2 and Youth Award Modules your qualifications are still valid. To see how you fit into the new pathway please download our Recognition of Prior Learning Process (RPL) document. If you've read this document and still have questions about where you should enter the pathway click here for our RPL FAQs guide.

Please click here  to view the FA Coach Education Pathway. 

For a full list of FAQs please click here.

If you have any questions please contact Lincolnshire FA 08449 67 07 08 for the Football Development Team or via e-mail /

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