FA Goalkeeping Coaching Award Level 1

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for coaches who want to improve the performance of their goalkeepers. Learn how to develop and improve your goalkeeper's technique and plan and prepare progressive technical practices. The course is delivered by goalkeeping tutors directly appointed by The FA.


Course duration

Minimum of 18 hours


Course content

The practical elements of the course will provide candidates with the following:

  • Specific goalkeeping warm ups and cool downs
  • Coaching basic individual techniques including footwork, the set position, handling techniques, diving saves (catching/deflecting/parrying), dealing with 1v1 situations and crosses
  • Understanding how to develop and improve the goalkeepers' technique
  • Planning and preparing progressive technical practices
  • Maintaining the health and safety of the players and other coaches
  • Maintaining the high standards of conduct to promote Association Football
  • The theoretical elements of the course will consolidate the key technical aspects of goalkeeping together with the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model


Course pre-requisites

Prior to certification, candidates are required to:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Hold as a minimum a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate
  • Have attended The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop


Course assessment

Assessment is via successful practical delivery of a 15 minute goalkeeping coaching topic. 

Please note: Candidates can be reassessed within a twelve month period form registration


How to apply

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