Football: Coaching Pathway

The FA’s education arm FA Learning has a comprehensive approach to training coaches from grassroots to elite level. There is a coaching pathway which maps the journey from a new coach undertaking their first training course right through to taking the top qualifications needed to manage an international squad.

The FA coaching pathway has been set out to support coaches along the coaching career. There are essentially two differing routes to become a football coach, it just depends on what you want to be and where you want to go…

Spend some time looking at who and what you want to coach and we are here to support you with this decision.

There is the traditional route of football coaching qualifications, which progresses from Level One, Two and Three, building into the higher level UEFA A Licence and UEFA Pro Licence. The UEFA Pro Licence is the highest coaching qualification in the game, mandatory for all Premier League managers.

The main focus with these qualifications in Sussex will be around the Level One, Two and possibly Three. There is also the Youth Award Pathway, which focuses on a child-centred approach to football coaching. The innovative new look at coaching will create coaches who has an understanding of children and young players as well as football.

The Pathway is designed to show which qualifications you could take as a coach and how they lead into each other as specialism.

For further details on Coaching and the Coaches Pathway please contact the your County FA

  • Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Football
  • The UEFA A Licence / The UEFA B Licence
  • The FA Youth Award Introductory Module
  • The FA Youth Award Module One – “Developing the Environment”
  • The FA Youth Award Module Two – “Developing the Practice”
  • The FA Youth Award Module Three – “Developing the Player”

Your local County Football Association run Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Coaching Football and The Youth Awards Module 1 & 2.

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