FA level 4 Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF)

Accepted Non-FA Medical courses

In August 2017 we launched our new medical pathway, with a suite of courses for all parts of the game. In April 2021 our Introduction to First Aid in Football course was redesigned to be a digital offering.

Like other awarding bodies, we acknowledge First Aid, First Aid at Work and Sports Specific First Aid are different entities, which is why a variety of courses already exist within other awarding organisations.

Our courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge and understanding to deal with first aid specific to the football environment that may not occur within the workplace, with an emphasis on saving a life and limb in football. Our courses are a continuum of first aid, emergency first aid and trauma provision throughout football from grassroots to the professional game. The focus is on injuries that pose a threat to life or limb.

This football specific aspect of medical training is not covered through generic first aid courses, which is why we do not accept these courses as an alternative to ours.
Whilst it is universally accepted that there are many first aid courses that exist that span one or more days, our sole aim in creating a list of accepted non-fa medical courses is ultimately ensuring safety on and off the football field. 

We regularly review which courses we accept as alternatives to our courses. So, all learners who are considering renewing their first aid certificates should check our requirements and review this page for equivalency information each time they renew.

Please note: any new regulatory guidance issued after April 2021 regarding medical and first aid requirements in football from the various governing bodies or NLS will supersede this information. We will update this page as soon as possible after any new guidance is issued.

Accepted non-FA medical courses at FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid on Football and FA Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football

All FA coaches must initially attend The FA courses as part of their training. Any exemptions apply on renewals only.

The first aid courses now accepted by The FA are sports-specific first aid courses and must be on the list detailed below. The FA do not accept Ofqual Approved First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work certificates. This list has been reviewed and updated in August 2020.

The exemption and equivalency detailed on this page is applicable to those who work/provide first aid/on-field trauma care or require a first aid certification or qualification for their role in football across the professional game and within steps 1-6, and all accredited clubs.

In addition all exemptions must be supported by evidence of completing the online FA modules for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion.

We advise all current and future learners to consider the COVID-19 specific first aid updates for football. Please click here to read the guidance.

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accepted courses for

The following courses are accepted instead of The FA Level 1 IFAiF at the point of recertification.

  • Hampden – National Sports First Aid course
  • World Rugby – First Aid in Rugby Level 1 course
  • RFU Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union (EFARU) Please note, the RFU EFARU training videos they are NOT a replacement for the face to face EFARU course.
  • Irish Rugby Union SAFE Level 1 course
  • Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS)
  • First Response Emergency Care Level 3 & requalification course (FREC Level 3)
  • First Response Emergency Care Level 4 (FREC Level 4)
  • FREC Immediate Life Support [ILS] Level 4
  • St Johns Basic Sports First Aid
  • The Red Cross First Aid for Sports Course
  • Fitness First Aid – Level 3 award in First Aid for Sport (RQF)
  • ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid for Sport, Exercise and Fitness ITC Certificate for Sport Exercise and Fitness at SCQF Level 6

Allied Health Professionals* with:

  • Advanced Life Support (ALS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
  • PILS Paediatric Intermediate Life Support (consider completing adult life support course FA Level 2 EFAiF or above)
  • PALS Paediatric Advanced Life Support (consider completing adult life support course FA Level 2 EFAiF or above)
Note: Allied Health Care Professionals with one of the above do not need to complete an FA medical course first; they do however need to complete the Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion eLearning modules.

The following courses are accepted instead of The FA Level 2 EFAiF at the point of recertification

  • Hampden – National Sports First Aid course
  • World Rugby – First Aid in Rugby Level 1 course
  • RFU – Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union (EFARU) note, the RFU EFARU training videos they are NOT a replacement for the face to face EFARU course.
  • Irish Rugby Union SAFE Level 1 course
  • Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS)
  • First Response Emergency Care Level 3 & requalification course (FREC level 3)
  • First Response Emergency Care Level 4 (FREC level 4)

Allied Health Care Professionals* with:

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Note: Allied Health Care Professionals with one of the above do not need to complete an FA medical course first; they do however need to complete the Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion eLearning modules.
equivalent courses for

The following course will be accepted as an alternative course:

  • The RFU Pre Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS) Level 2 course
The following courses will be accepted as an alternative course along with completing the online FA modules for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion.
  • Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS)
  • First Response Emergency Care Level 3 & requalification course (FREC Level 3)
  • First Response Emergency Care Level 4 (FREC Level 4)
  • Paramedics with IHCD paramedic course; Paramedic foundation degree or MSc in Paramedical Science, registered with the HCPC who have proof of regular annual training and are currently practising on the road or in a training centre.
 

ITMMiF is Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSEd) Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC) endorsed course and so the equivalency is only for the below:

The Rugby Football League (RFL) Immediate Medical Management on the Field of Play (IMMoFP)
The RFU Pre Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS)
The Scottish Rugby Union Medical Cardiac & Pitch Side Skills (SCRUMCAPS) 
The UEFA recognised course delivered by Sports Promote (http://sportpromote.co.uk) for football. This is an FA decision and may not be applicable across other RCSEd endorsed courses.

 

ATMMiF is RCSEd FPHC endorsed course and part of the Cross Recognition of Emergency Care Courses in Sport agreement. Only endorsed courses listed in this, as advised by the joint statement released by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, will be accepted as equivalent by The FA.

• The Rugby Football League (RFL) Immediate Medical Management on the Field of Play (IMMoFP)
• The RFU Pre Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS)
• The Scottish Rugby Union Medical Cardiac & Pitch Side Skills (SCRUMCAPS) 

 
Please note: the sports trauma courses endorsed but not listed in the cross-sport recognition agreement or the non-sports trauma courses endorsed by the RCSEd FPHC will not be accepted for Level 4 or 5 equivalency.

 

* Who are considered Allied Health Care professionals?

  • Paramedics with IHCD paramedic course; Paramedic foundation degree or MSc in Paramedical Science, registered with the HCPC who have proof of regular annual training and are currently practising on the road or in a training centre.
  • Nurses registered with NMC currently working in an emergency environment (Emergency department)
  • Therapists with a Graduate qualification in sports therapy or rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapists registered with the HCPC
  • Doctors registered with the GMC

In addition other professionals including Military Service Personnel, Firefighters, Police and Prison Officers will now need to have completed one of the Sports First Aid courses as listed above at the appropriate level and show evidence of completing the online FA modules for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion. These professions are no longer able to use training completed as part of their job.

Follow the link below to visit our help centre if you have any further questions on this topic:

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Submitting Non-FA Medical Courses 

Your first step will be to complete The FA Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion Guidelines e-learning modules.

Once you have done this please email a copy of your sports first aid certificate along with your name and FAN to education@thefa.com