Coaching Pathway

The coach education pathway maps the learner journey from a new coach undertaking their first course right through to the advanced qualifications required to manage at an elite level.

There are various strands in The FA’s coach education pathway. The “core” strand comprises of The FA Introduction to Coaching Football through to The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football. Other strands feature specialist courses, including goalkeeping, Futsal and disability football.


The first step for new coaches is to take The FA Introduction to Coaching Football. With courses available throughout the country, the course provides you with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under seven to open age.

The FA Level 2 in Coaching Football provides a more in-depth understanding of coaching and introduces new themes. The course will take you on a journey through the core components of the England DNA – How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player, helping you begin shaping or refining your own coaching philosophy.

The FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football focuses on key aspects related to the role of a football coach working with teams. Through practical elements you will learn more about various principles, including attacking, defending, midfield play, counter-attacking and much more.

The FA Level 4 (UEFA A) in Coaching Football follows the FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football and can lead onto The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football. Both of these courses are suitable for elite level coaches.