FA Level 5

For Technical Directors

What's the course about?

The role of a technical director is dynamic and multi-dimensional with the ultimate aim of continued success through the creation of a high performance culture supported by an aligned vision and strategy.

This bespoke individualised course is aimed at those currently working as a technical director in professional football or have been identified as possessing the potential for the role and show a desire to improve what they do.

Over a 20-month programme of learning, you'll explore the role of a technical director and key working relationships, as well as reflect on your current working practices in terms of strategy and leadership, identify areas for development and be fully supported in your continuous improvement.

The programme will allow you to share knowledge and experiences with other technical directors and explore how world-leading organisations operate.


How's it structured?

The course is made up of six modules with in-club support provided in-between by an FA tutor. 

There are 25 contact days in total as a group, with workshops based at St. George’s Park and visits to high performing organisations and hub visits hosted by clubs.

You'll also have the chance to attend a three-day study visit at a world-leading organisation in Europe. 


The FA Level 5 for Technical Directors has provided an insightful learning experience for me, and one which was previously not available for people occupying the roles of sporting director, technical director or director of football.

- Les Ferdinand, Director of Football at QPR

What are the learning Outcomes?

At the end of this course, you’ll have improved your: 

  • Self-awareness and its impact on leadership
  • Leadership philosophy and application
  • Understanding of high-performing teams
  • Knowledge and awareness of world-leading insights into first team performance recruitment, academy, and science and medicine departments
  • Appreciation of club infrastructure and alignment of resources to deliver sustainable success
  • Understanding and application of the rules, regulations and governance
  • Long-term people development skills and succession planning

Who's it for?

Applicants are prioritised in the following order:

1. Those currently in a Technical Director role or equivalent
2. Individuals who clubs identify as having potential to be Technical Director within 2-3 years and hold the Talent ID Level 4 award. 
3. Individuals who clubs identify as having potential to be Technical Director within 2-3 years.
4. Individuals The FA identify as having potential to be a Technical Director within 2-3 years.

I don’t view the Level 5 Technical Directors award as a course of training to be completed, more as a learning experience that has refined and defined the way in which I operate within my role as a sporting director on a daily basis.

- Kevin Thelwell, Sport Director at Wolverhampton Wanderers

WHAT YOU’LL BE ABLE TO DO WITH THIS QUALIFICATIONAfter you’ve successfully completed this course you will be able to pursue any elite level technical director opportunity across the game.


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