The FA Level 2 Coaching Course (or 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Football QCF) is suitable for coaches with one or two season's experience who would like to formalize and develop their skills or experienced players looking to make the transition into coaching. Although Level 2 is similar to Level 1 in that it's an open entry course designed to be a starting point for all further stages on the FA Coaching Pathway, it is generally recommend that Level 1 be completed first by coaches lacking on pitch experience in order to get the most out of Level 2. We'd encourage prospective candidates with some experience to talk directly with the course provider to discuss whether they should start at Level 1 or Level 2.
The only formal course prerequisites are that candidates must be 16 years of age and hold the FA Emergency Aid Certificate or equivalent first aid certificate and have attended the FA Safeguarding Children in Football workshop. Both of these prerequisites are usually included in FA Level 1 and many FA's also offer them as a component of Level 2 course, again, check with the course provider before signing up for a course.
Level 2 courses are run through County FA's at local sports facilities and schools etc. and generally consist of 75 hours of guided learning that includes theory, practical demonstrations and practice sessions for basic essential techniques such as ball control, running with the ball, passing, dribbling, turning, heading shooting and goalkeeping.
The practical part of the curriculum is broken down into 16 tightly targeted categories that provide coaches with the knowledge and experience to create their own coaching drills and practise sessions. Areas covered include:
Tactical knowledge and skills are also covered with particular focus on defence and attack strategies. Theoretical tuition includes a wide range of essential topics such as the laws of the game, planning, preparation and evaluation of coaching sessions, fitness training for football and nutritional support.
With an awareness that the modern game is not simply about the football itself, new coaches are also introduced to on and off pitch essentials such as health and safety guidelines, emergency first aid and avoiding and recognizing injuries.
Full details of available Level 2 courses can be found on the FA's course database here.