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Coaches / Courses / Qualifications FAQs

Courses

By the end of the 2020-21 season all new coaches must have completed: 

FA Playmaker Course - This FREE course is available now and should be completed asap as it includes First Aid, Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Safeguarding modules.

By the end of June 2021 the following is also required:

Current FA Level 1 in Coaching Football or new online Level 1* 
Current FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or new online IFAiF training* 
Current Safeguarding Workshop or new online safeguarding workshop* 

*L1 /SG/IFAiF courses to be available from March 2021

New coaches working in Youth Football also require an in-date FA DBS. Your Club Welfare Officer should be able to assist with the process.

Sussex County FA will not be running any more FA Level 1, FA Level 2, Introduction to First Aid in Football or Safeguarding Children Workshops. FA Education will administer the new version of these courses, that will be available from March 2021.

Learners that started a FA Level 1 or FA Level 2 course that was not completed due to COVID-19 will receive a personal email stating the course will be completed at the Sussex County FA Headquarters in Lancing before the end of the year, with precise details to follow.

Sussex County FA will not be running any more FA Level 1, FA Level 2, Introduction to First Aid in Football or Safeguarding Children Workshops. From March 2021 FA Education will administer the new version of these courses. This includes all the courses that were scheduled, then cancelled and refunds provided. 

Any outstanding insitus for FA Level 2 and UEFA B courses will be completed in due course. Tutors will contact Learners as required. Please note, these are not allowed to commence until at least 8 September 2020.

The FA Playmaker Award is a FREE, “online” qualification, not only essential for new coaches and co-ordinators of FA Snickers Just Play and Wildcats Centres, it is open to everyone over the age of 14 who has an interest. It includes First Aid, Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Safeguarding modules.

The FA Level 1, Safeguarding Workshop and Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) courses will all move online from March 2021 and will be administered directly by FA Education.

FA Education will charge the following for the courses between March 2021 and June 2021: 
• FA Level 1 - £160 
• Safeguarding Children Workshop - £30 
• IFAiF (First Aid) - £30 

Qualifications

To check your FA qualifications please go to myaccount.thefa.com

The requirement for all coaches and volunteers working in Youth Football remains the same and they are still required to keep their DBS in date. The Club Welfare Officer should be able to assist with the process.

Note: FA DBS that expired between 1 March 2020 and 1 October 2020 have been extended by exactly one year from their expiry date.

Coaches whose IFAiF has expired since 1 February 2020 or will before 31 July 2021 will have an extension to their IFAiF training until 31 July 2021.

All current coaches whose FA Safeguarding Children training has expired must complete the online FA Safeguarding Children Recertification.

Certificates

If you wish to provide evidence of completion you can do this by logging into My Account on The FA website where your full learning history will show. It will also show in WGS for your club to view. If you do require a certificate to provide evidence of completion outside of The FA network, please email your name and FAN along with confirmation of which certificate you require to Education@TheFA.com and the team will be able to provide a copy for you.  

If you wish to provide evidence of completion you can do this by logging into My Account on The FA website where your full learning history will show. It will also show in WGS for your club to view. If you do require a certificate to provide evidence of completion outside of The FA network, please email your name and FAN along with confirmation of which certificate you require to Education@TheFA.com and the team will be able to provide a copy for you.  

Charter Standard / FA Licensed Coaches Club / HIVE

By the end of the 2020/21 season all new coaches must have completed:

FA Playmaker Course - This FREE course is available now and should be completed asap as it includes First Aid, Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Safeguarding modules.

Current FA Level 1 in Coaching Football or new online Level 1* 
Current FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or new online IFAiF training* 
Current SCW or new online safeguarding workshop* 

*New L1 /SG/IFAiF courses to be available from March 2021

Coaches whose IFAiF has expired since 1 February 2020 or will before 31 July 2021 will have an extension to their IFAiF training until 31 July 2021 

All current coaches whose FA Safeguarding Children training has expired must complete the online FA Safeguarding Children Recertification.

Following the recent retirement of The FA Licensed Coaches Club website please refer to the dedicated LCC FAQ area for full details.

Please note that HIVE is being replaced by Telligent before the end of August 2020. Those of you that use this should already be aware of the need to copy any of your resources before the end of the August.