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Find out how to become a grassroots football coach and help inspire the next generation of players 

Are you interested in becoming a grassroots football coach?

Want to find out more about what courses are available and how to get involved? Well, you've come to the right place!

People decide to get into football coaching for all sorts of reasons. Some fall into it by virtue of helping out with their son or daughter's team. For others, it's something that they want to build a career out of.

Whatever your reasons for becoming a coach, grassroots football is the obvious starting ground and, whether you're a helpful parent or a budding Pep Guardiola, there are a huge range of coaching courses and resources out there to help you.

The UK's four football associations all provide their own coaching courses, details of which are provided below. These have different formats, branches and specialities, but the basic structures are very similar.

New grassroots coaches should first take the basic entry-level coaching course, which can give them a great grounding on the basics of coaching and how to setup a safe, fun learning environment for young players.

Once on the coaching ladder, you can choose to progress through a variety of courses to suit your coaching needs, with many specialist options available, including youth football, goalkeeping and disability football.

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England - FA coaching courses

The FA provide a clear coaching route from grassroots football (Level One) to elite coaching through their Level 1-5 courses, along with a wide range of more specialised courses.

The usual starting point is the FA Level One in Coaching Football, which involves 33 hours of learning and costs in the region of £170. Once completed, you can then access the FA's core coaching pathway or the youth coaching pathway.

Visit or contact your local County FA to find out more, or you can view the FA coaching pathway in more detail.

SFA logoScotland - SFA coaching courses

The Scottish FA also provide a main coaching pathway from Levels 1-5, along with a children pathway for those interested in coaching young people and a goalkeeping pathway, along with a range of specialist courses.

New coaches can choose to begin with a Level 1.1 course on any of the main pathways. Each lasts six hours and costs £45, although two further sections are required to complete the Level One on both the main and children pathway.

Visit the SFA website to view the full coaching pathway, which drills down to specific courses, including upcoming dates for each course. You can also book all courses online.

FAW logoWales - FAW coaching courses

The Welsh Football Trust deliver a wide range of courses for coaches at all levels of the game to aid the development of football in Wales.

The starting point for a new coach is to register for a Foundation Award. The main Football Leaders Award includes one day of practical work with five hours of theory and costs £75. Other Foundation Awards include Coaching Footballers with a Disability, First Aid, Futsal, Safeguarding and the Goalkeepers Award.

You can find out more and book any courses online at

Irish FA logoNorthern Ireland - Irish FA coaching courses

The Irish FA offers an extensive range of coaching courses for all levels of the game, providing the necessary coaching knowledge required from grassroots through to professional level.

From here must first complete the Irish FA Grassroots Introduction to Coaching Award, which provides a short theoretical and practical introduction to coaching. This three-hour course costs £30.

From here you can move onto the Irish FA Level 1 Award (30 hours, £250) and further into the Irish FA's coaching structure, which includes specialist courses for coaching Futsal, goalkeeping, youth football or disability football.

Visit to find out more, or you can view the full range of courses on offer and a calendar of upcoming courses.

Prices correct as of 23 November 2016. Please consult your local FA for the most up-to-date information.


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