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Our guide to football coaching courses

Considering taking a Football Coaching course to kick start your career? Training courses often differ massively in terms of course content, cost and time they take to complete, as well as the level of qualification they are worth. There will be training programmes that offer nothing other than a certificate of completion, while other Football Coaching courses will work towards passing NVQ/SVQ and industry recognised qualifications. A limited number of training courses are free to enrol on, while some students will be entitled to get their Football Coaching course funded or subsidised. For more information, our careers guide and course articles will show you the benefits completing a Football Coaching course can have on your job prospects.


Awarding organisations for football coaching courses

  • Football Association Ltd
  • The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of one of England’s most popular sports. Formed in 1863, the FA aims to encourage people from all backgrounds to consider taking up football and to ensure that they have access to opportunities within the sport. The FA acts as a link between professional and amateur football, organising competitions and tournaments at both levels. The qualifications they offer are in subjects related to the game, such as football coaching and sports first aid. The Football Association is also involved in creating rules, ensuring they are obeyed and disciplining those that break them.

  • 1st4sport Qualifications
  • Owned by the trading arm of Sports Coach UK, 1st4sport Qualifications was created with the sole purpose of offering vocational qualifications, including Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) awards, certificates and diplomas in areas of sport, recreation and allied occupations. It is recognised by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Most of 1st4sport Qualifications’ programmes are developed in collaboration with organisations such as the Football Association (FA), British Cycling and England Hockey.

Related careers: Football Coach

Football coaches develop the knowledge, techniques, understanding and motivation of groups or individuals through planned training sessions and programmes. They provide feedback and offer advice on players' performance, fitness, technical skills and team working, and will be able to develop and discuss strategies and tactics for both individual and team play. Coaches can work at an amateur or a professional level, and may work in the community with children or youth teams, or with young people in academies and league clubs. Some coaches of competitive teams may give...more

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