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

Accepted Non-FA Medical courses

During 2016-18 The FA undertook a full and comprehensive review of our medical training provision. 

One of the critical findings was the need for football-specific training to be included in our courses, with an emphasis on saving a life and limb in football.

In August 2017 we launched our new medical pathway, with a suite of courses from The FA Level 1 Introduction to first aid in football (IFAiF) to The FA Level 5 - Advanced trauma medical management in football (ATTMiF).

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.
The pathway is now 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 have historically been accepted at first aid renewal.

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 no longer accepts 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 FA Charter Standard 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

From 1 August 2018 the following courses will be 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
  • Corobeus Sports Consultancy EFAiS 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)

From 1 August 2018 the following courses will be 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
  • Corobeus Sports Consultancy EFAiS 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)
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.
 

As these courses are endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh sports trauma courses accredited at the relevant level, the following qualifications will be accepted as an alternative course:

  • Corobeus Sports Consultancy Ltd Emergency Medical Management in Individual and Team Sports (EMMiITS)
  • The RFL Immediate Medical Management on the Field of Play (IMMoFP)
  • The RFU Pre Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS)
  • The SRU Medical Cardiac & Pitch Side Skills (SCRUMCAPS) 

In addition, at FA Level 4 ITMMiF the UEFA recognised Sports Promote course (http://sportpromote.co.uk) for football can be used. Note, this is an FA decision and may not be applicable across other RCSEd endorsed courses.

* 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