1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football

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Qualification Accreditation Number 601/8972/1
Guided Learning Hours (Total Qualification Time) 73 (145)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 601/8972/1
Entry age: 16+
Qualification Accreditation Start Date 01/08/2016
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2020
Certification End Date 31/12/2023
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This qualification is equivalent to Level 3 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

Developed in partnership with the Football Association, the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football develops learners’ knowledge of how to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate coaching sessions in football, ideally from the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football so that they can coach football to players of all ages. The Certificate qualifies successful learners to lead football coaching sessions and be employed as a football coach in local amateur junior/senior clubs, FA Charter Standard clubs and schools, local authority community football schemes and Football in the Community Schemes.

Who is the Qualification for?

Anyone over 16 years of age who would like to develop and improve his or her football coaching skills. Individuals looking to help their football club gain FA Charter Standard accreditation will be interested in taking this qualification. Experienced players may decide that they wish to branch out from simply competing and put something back into the sport by undertaking a coaching qualification, enabling them to pass on the knowledge they have gained to those inexperienced in football. 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. Club coaches and schoolteachers would also find that this qualification is excellent in supporting their involvement in the sport by qualifying them to lead football coaching sessions.

Why Deliver this Qualification?

Requirement for FA Charter Standard accreditation

The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate 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 full 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 2 football coaching qualification available.


*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 16 years of age
  • have completed the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Prior to certification for the qualification learners are required to:

  • 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 components:

Component Title Accreditation No. GLH
1 How we coach football K/508/5662 28
2 How we play football M/508/5663 13
3 How we support football T/508/5664 11
4 The future football player A/508/5665 21

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 learners
  • qualification administration that is all carried out 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.

If you would like to offer this qualification, please contact [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 the Learning Records Service website.

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