We're developing an exciting new Coach Development Programme, consisting of a variety of learning experiences which complement the refreshed, formal FA qualification pathway.
There have been several changes to the FA coach education pathway in recent months, and the Essex County FA’s Coach Education Department has been evolving in-line with these, with face-to-face workshops and events also available to book very soon. In the meantime, a brief overview of the new FA coaching qualification pathway has been provided, as well as some useful links:
BT Playmaker by England Football (New for 2021)
This free, online course is perfect for anyone interested in taking a more active role in grassroots football. Full details can be found here. Please Note: Coaches must complete this course before beginning the Introduction to Coaching Football Course.
Introduction to Coaching Football (New for 2021)
Replacing the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, this course is completed entirely online. The course blends live weekly webinars, e-learning, community support and a range of resources to provide coaches with the skills to coach players of all ages. Dates are now available via this link.
FA Level 2 in Coaching Football (Coming Soon)
This course is currently under review and will be replaced with a new qualification in early 2022. Further updates are expected from FA Education in the coming months, detailing the course’s duration, format, content and timescales for learners to enrol.
FA Level 3 (UEFA ‘B’) in Coaching Football (Coming Soon)
In June 2021, we began our final course, which was postponed from May 2020. All future UEFA ‘B’ courses will be delivered by FA Education (England Football Learning). Further updates are expected in due course.
Safeguarding Children Course* (New for 2021)
This online training module replaces the Safeguarding Children Workshop. As of 1st July 2021, anyone wishing to renew or begin their safeguarding must access this course. Full details can be found here.
Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF)* (New for 2021)
The Introduction to First Aid in Football is now an online course. This is for new coaches, or those wishing to renew their qualification. Full details can be found here.
*Please Note: The new Introduction to Coaching Football Course includes both the Safeguarding Children Course and the Introduction to First Aid in Football.
Disability Football Introduction (New for 2021)
This free online learning module examines how to support individuals, whatever their ability level. Access the module here.
Coaches can manage their qualifications and access further learning opportunities via The FA’s ‘My Account’ section. There’s also a huge range of coaching resources, session ideas and top tips available via The Boot Room.
Here, coaches can search for information specific to the age group they coach, helping them and their players to continue learning. The new community section also allows coaches to join the conversation and interact with a team of coach developers.
It is also recommended to visit the England Football Learning YouTube channel, which contains a wide variety of ideas to support coaches in their role, as well as the Essex County FA YouTube channel, with playlists dedicated to coaching content. You can also follow @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.