The FA International Coaching Award

Intermediate Level


Course description

This new International course has been designed by FA Learning to build upon the new FA Coaching philosophy which is embedded in the foundation course and will further develop your ability to deliver coaching sessions across a syllabus of bothtechnical and theoretical aspects related to coaching.

It is the second of three levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Licence) which build upon each other and offer a comprehensive learning programme for internationally based coaches.

The Intermediate Course includes a range of progressive practices that can be utilised for a variety of players in different situations. In addition, there will be help on how to adapt your coaching sessions to meet the needs of your players. 

Course aims and objectives

To provide all course participants with the knowledge to effectively deliver and evaluate coaching sessions across a range of technical areas to both adults and young people.

It will also aim to: 

  • further develop the Roles, Skills and Qualities of a Football Coach
  • help Coaches to achieve a good understanding of the Principles of Play forfootball games, and knowledge of the Technical Detail the players require
  • become more effective at Planning, Preparing and Delivering Technical, Skill, Small Sided Game sessions and practices
  • design sessions to challenge and develop the variation of abilities within a team
  • provide a safe environment for the players and be able to deal with injuries and emergency procedures

Course content

The theory components will include:

  • the skills and qualities of a coach
  • developing player competencies
  • coaching session planning considerations
  • coaching session evaluation consideration
  • a consideration of coaching styles and communications
  • safe and ethical coaching
  • football fitness
  • nutrition
  • the relationship of the FA’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) programme to difference players
  • the organisation and running of a group run tournament of different formats and outcomes

The practical elements include:

  • an introduction to the principles of attacking play
  • an introduction to the principles of defending play
  • warm up games with diminishing overloads into directional games
  • passing and receiving
  • developing the practice in relation to age
  • the development of close control/dribbling
  • the development of running with the ball
  • effective defending
  • scoring
  • heading
  • small sided games in a variety of formats

You will look at session adaptations and progressions that vary depending on your players’ abilities and time.

Integral to the course will be the chance to plan and work with young players with feedback from your FA International Course tutor.

Course duration

The course will run over a 7 day programme that will include a mixture of practical and theory elements. All course participants are encouraged to involve themselves fully in all aspects of the course.

Suggested format

The course should be delivered over a seven day period that is consecutive utilising young players to build on the good practice included within the course content.

Staff requirements

The course will be delivered by an FA Licensed International Course Intermediate Tutor who will be able to deliver up to a maximum of 18 candidates.

Facility requirements and equipment 

  • a suitable playing surface with a minimum size of 60 x 40 yards
  • a classroom that will cater for the maximum number of 18 candidates
  • changing facilities
  • balls (ideally one per person), bibs and cones
  • a medical kit bag

Course resources

To support this new International course, there is a newly developed FA International Course Student Pack that includes a series of coaching practices and theoretical aspects.

In addition, students will receive a copy of:

  • the L2CCF Coaching Handbook
  • the L2CCF Technical Handbook
  • the FAL Coaching Players – A New Approach dvd
  • the FAL Youth Award Module Two Candidate resource pack
  • the FAL Youth Award Module Two Developing the Practice dvd
  • an FAL Coach’s Notepad 

Successful completion

All students will receive Tutor support and guidance towards completion of the course assignments and continued feedback around their practical coaching performance. 

There is a formative assessment process which involves the delivery of a session, which will be drawn from the breadth of the technical syllabus. Upon completion, the tutor will provide detailed feedback around agreed criteria and Action Plan effectively. This is seen as a key aspect of this Award for aspiring coaches.

Progression opportunities

Following successful completion of this course, the content will prepare candidates to access the International Coaching Licence, or the FA UEFA B/Youth Module Developing the Player courses in England.

Applying for the New FA International Coaching Course

Contact Chris Brown on 055296 296 3 & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Click below to access details regarding the F.A. International Intermediate Course & Registration Form

FA Intermediate Reg Form

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