1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football

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Qualification Accreditation Number 601/8885/6
Guided Learning Hours (Total Qualification Time) 33 (43)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 601/8885/6
Entry age: 15+
Qualification Accreditation Start Date 01/08/2016
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2020
Certification End Date 31/12/2022
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This qualification is equivalent to Level 2 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section.

Developed in partnership with the Football Association, the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football is the first qualification on the football coaching ladder. The qualification is designed to provide learners with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching football. The foundation level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of football. Those who complete this Award will be able to plan, deliver and review individual football coaching sessions. They are able to lead sessions independently if they are over the age of 18.

Who is the Qualification for?

Anyone over 15 years of age, who is looking for an introduction to coaching football to grass-roots teams. As preparation for working with a junior football team, individuals looking to help their football club gain FA Charter Standard accreditation will be interested in taking this qualification. Parents of children playing football who would like to become more involved, sports centre staff, teachers, youth workers and volunteers would also find that this qualification supports their involvement in the sport. Students in further or higher education, studying sports-related coaching qualifications, should pursue this qualification as a valuable addition to their portfolio of coaching skills.

Why Deliver this Qualification?

Requirement for FA Charter Standard accreditation
The 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football is used as part of the requirements for amateur football clubs and schools to achieve the appropriate FA Charter Standard accreditation, allowing learners access to membership and the benefits of The FA Coaches Association (FACA).

Developed in partnership with the experts
The qualification has been developed in partnership with the Football Association. You can therefore be confident that this qualification is the very best Level 1 football coaching qualification available.

Provides a progression route for coaches
The 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football is the first rung on the football coaching ladder. Why not offer the full, progressive suite and allow budding football coaches clear progression from Level 1 through to the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football?


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Prior to registration for the qualification learners are required to:

  • be accurately identified
  • be at least 15 years of age
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Prior to certification for the qualification, learners are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate
  • hold a current completion certificate for The FA Workshop Safeguarding Children in Football (Alternative arrangements are available for learners under the age of 18 years of age)

The above prerequisites, for those who do not already hold the appropriate evidence, will normally be provided by recognised centres as part of the learning programme.

The qualification is divided into the following four mandatory components:

Unit Title Accreditation No. GLH
1 How we coach football H/508/4901 14
2 How we play football K/508/4902 7
3 How we support football M/508/4903 5
4 The future football player T/508/4904 7

Unlike many other awarding bodies, which just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive Learner Packs, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your students
  • qualification administration that is available online, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

Organisations new to 1st4sport

If you are not already a 1st4sport recognised centre, you need to apply to become one. For more information, and to register your interest, please email [email protected].

Existing 1st4sport recognised centres

If you are already a 1st4sport recognised centre and would like to seek approval to deliver this qualification, please email [email protected].

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this RQF qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit Learning Records Service website.

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