FA advanced Youth Award

FA advanced Youth Award

What's the course about?

Working with elite youth players in professional academies demands a particular type of coach - one who has the skills, qualities and attributes to match the specific development requirements of talented individuals to help them reach their potential.


Minimum age: 18

Course duration: 15 days of on-site learning

How is it structured?This course will take 15 days spread across 5 blocks at St. George’s Park.

These blocks focus on:

  • Coaching across the four corners
  • Age specific corner learning outcomes
  • A coach developer blending the four corners
  • Consolidation and assessment

Who’s it for?This is a course for coaches already working within EPPP and work with elite youth players in professional academies.

If that’s you, you’ll also need to:

  • Hold The FA Youth Award (Modules 1, 2, 3 and assessment) (or an equivalent via The FA Youth Award APL qualification)
  • Have achieved The FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football
  • Hold a valid FA coach licence
  • Hold the FA Level 3 in Coaching Goalkeepers (GK specific)

What are the learning outcomes?

The course will show you how to underpin a technical and tactical programme with the physical, social and psychological disciplines, as well as a closer integration of the Long-Term Player Development Model, to create an elite development experience for your players.

It will do this across the three age-phases - Foundation (5-11), Youth Development (12-16), and Professional Development (17-21) - helping you to make closer connections between the course and your role at your club. 

What will you be able to do with this
The FA Advanced Youth Award fulfils the FA Level 4 (UEFA A) and is the top award within youth

Completing the course alongside the UEFA A in Coaching Football will help you to fall within the
application criteria of future FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) placements.

What previous learners say?

'I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. The tutors and the content have been excellent and I would recommend this course to anyone working in Academy/Elite sport.’

'Meeting with people in similar roles A wide variety of speakers all with their own interesting slant on issues in youth development. Greater understanding of how to blend the four corners. Social aspects and how to really influence players socially. How to integrate games as part of your player development programme.’

'The course has highlighted the importance of psychosocial aspects of coaching and enabled me to access relevant academic research and also practical experience.’
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