The Licensed Coaches Club replaces FACA and is FREE to join every season by clicking onto the website here.
The future development of football in this country is reliant on better coaches. At all levels of the game we need coaches who possess the expertise, knowledge and attitude to positively affect the players and teams with which they work. As the game changes, so too must all our coaches.
Appropriate qualifications are integral to this aim. The FA Coaching Pathway will now allow coaches to develop with even further support with flexible courses plus a chance to put into practice what will be learned on courses. follow. This is, however, only half of the story.
If we are to succeed in our vision of creating more innovative coaches who are excellent teachers of the game, learning and development will not be only be reserved for time spent on coaching courses. Instead, the desire for further knowledge, expertise and mastery must be ongoing as a continuous process of reflection, with coaches ultimately developing a mindset of learning and self-improvement.
The coaching journey is not, however, an individual one. The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club aims to inspire, educate and assist coaches along their coaching journey.
Whether it's for a part-time volunteer of an U8s team or a coach of professional players in the senior game, The Licensed Coaches' Club publishes the latest research, opinion and methods used in the game.
The launch of The FA Future Game guides, outlined The FA’s philosophy and approach to player and coach development at both the elite and grassroots levels of the game.
Being A Licensed Coach
The Licensed Coaches' Club aims to raise standards in coaching across the game by ensuring that coaches keep their training and qualifications up to date. It forms a key part of The FA’s Youth Development Review and Coaching Strategy.
In today’s ever evolving game, it is essential that coaches at all levels of the game keep up to speed with new coaching techniques and advice.
The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club requires that coaches meet the following criteria in order to join:-
- Minimum of an FA Level One coaching qualification.
- FA Emergency Aid Certificate.
- FA Safeguarding Children certificate.
- FA CRC/DBS check.
Coaches signing up to The FA Licensed Coaches Club will receive a number of benefits:-
- Access to a new website with online resources, session plans, coaching news and a coaching network.
- Free England tickets (ballot entry for every England team).
- Discounts on FA Learning courses.
- Access to accredited local training events.
- FA Photo Coaching Licence.
- Option to purchase insurance, Public and Civil Liability and physio care.
- Option to sunscribe to The FA’s new coaching magazine, The Boot Room.
- Option to subscribe to UEFA coaching tool, TaxtX.
Once licensed, coaches will need to ensure they commit to a certain level of training every year in order to retain their licence:-
Level One – Three hours per year.
Level Two – Five hours per year.
Level Three/UEFA B – Five hours per year.
UEFA A & Pro Licence – Five hours per year.