Coaches Pathway

The FA have announced revised Level 1 and Level 2 in Coaching Football courses. The new qualifications will be available from 1 August 2016 and are designed to modernise the first steps of The FA’s coaching pathway.

The purpose of the new courses is to create a clear introduction to this pathway that is aimed at people who want to coach as a volunteer at community club level or aspire to make football coaching a career.

Please click here to view the new FA Coach Education Pathway.

Both Level 1 and Level 2 courses have evolved to help address the requirements of the modern game, and have been structured so coaches can enjoy a more flexible and personal learning experience.

Lasting up to four days, the majority of the Level 1 course is spent developing the required coaching skills on the pitch, with supportive tasks now available digitally.

Crucially, coaches will now also be able to enjoy structured one-to-one guidance, from Level 1 and beyond.

The new Level 2 course lasts 10 days over three different blocks of learning and has been re-shaped to better reflect what’s required to coach specifically within youth football. It combines content from the existing FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, with elements of The FA Youth Award Modules 1 & 2. It has been put together with new content from The FA’s coach competency model.

Both qualifications have been modernised to help ensure there is a consistency in how coaching courses will be delivered at both the grassroots and elite end of the game – from Level 1 to Pro Licence – linking coaching modules to The FA’s England DNA philosophy. Anybody over 16 wanting to learn the basic skills of coaching football can apply.

If you possess the current qualifications they will remain valid. To see how you fit into the new pathway please download the 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 the RPL FAQs guide.

To view the courses currently available in Somerset FA please  click here

For further details on Coaching and the Coaches Pathway please contact the Somerset County FA Development Department: 01458 837033.

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