The 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.

This is exactly what The FA Advanced Youth Award is all about.

It has been designed specifically to help create a highly skilled, world class community of youth coaches within the English game by building upon expertise gained within The FA’s Long-Term Player Development Model and working towards an improved delivery of high-class technical programmes for young players.

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.

- FA Advanced Youth Award coach

How's it structured?This course will take 15 days spread across a nine-month period at St. George’s Park, during which time you’ll also receive a minimum of three in-situ support visits at appropriate times throughout the course.

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. 

By the end of the course you'll have learned about:

  • Aligning coaching practice with the demands of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)
  • The impact of the four corners on player development
  • How to individualise your coaching to meet players' learning development needs

Who’s it for?

This is a course for coaches already working within Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and work with elite youth players in boys' academy football.  

If that’s you, you’ll also need to:

I have dealt with certain situations very differently than I would have done if I hadn't been on this course. It has improved my understanding that certain players need to be dealt with in a specific way.

- Advanced Youth Award coach

What you'll be able to do with this qualificationCompleting this course alongside the FA Level 4 (UEFA A) in Coaching Football will help you to fall within the application criteria of future FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) placements.

It can also support you to apply for work in more senior roles within the professional youth academy system.

Course frequently asked questions

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No. We receive high levels of interest on these courses every season and so only those who meet all of the pre-requisites will be considered for a place on a course.

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