Emergency Medical First Aid in Football


What’s the course about?While the FA Level 1 and 2 in first aid aim to provide foundation knowledge to keep your team safe in training and matches, The FA Level 3 Emergency Medical First Aid in Football is aimed at those with more experience, providing advanced skills that can be called upon in emergency situations.

It’s a course that will aim to build on your prior knowledge and give you the skills to be able to assist medical staff in more advanced immediate care in the pre-hospital environment of football.


How's it structured?The FA Level 3 Emergency Medical First Aid in Football (EMFAiF) is a one-day course run at venues across the country. 

On the day you will experience a range of practical and theory, with supporting demonstrations and question and answer sessions to meet all your needs.

what are the learning Outcomes?

The course will give you the knowledge to deal with life and limb threatening injuries on the field of play but it’s worth noting it won’t cover basic musculoskeletal injuries common to football.

You will leave with the ability to perform a structured first aid assessment on a player and the ability to assist medical staff with more advanced management of the situation.

Content on the day will focus on:

  • Emergency action planning and duty of care in football
  • Primary A-E approach of the injured player
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest in football
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) with use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
  • Airway management and oxygen therapy familiarisation – assisting the medical staff
  • Limb threatening fractures/ dislocations and their emergency management – assisting the medical staff
  • Head injuries and The FA concussion guidelines
  • Spinal injury and management inclusive of assisting the medical staff in full spinal extrication
  • Medical emergencies in football

Who’s it for?The course is aimed at training support staff to assist medical staff both in training and during competition.

Sporting situations usually require a team of six to deal with a scenario effectively, with most clubs providing only one or two medical staff per event, and so it's important to have a range of first aiders for additional support.

It would be beneficial to have completed the FA Level 1 or 2 medical courses prior as we assume a level of knowledge for basic first aid, the below are other suggested prior learning opportunities:

• Previous first aid qualification or higher
• Newly qualified GMC doctor or therapist (HCPC, SoST, BASRAT)
• Sports science disciplines
• Strength and conditioning coaches
• Masseuse
• Stretcher bearers
• Coaches who may assist medical staff on game day
• Those with a specialist interest in knowledge improvement

We do accept a small selection of non-FA medical courses as pre-requisite qualifications for our medical courses. You can access information on the courses which we accept here.

What you'll be able to do with this qualificationThis is the third course on our medical pathway, and by completing it you will be eligible to move on to The FA level 4 Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF) where you’ll be able to complement the skills you have developed. 

What’s important to recognise about this course is, because of the nature and responsibility associated with first aid provision, and in line with current UK guidelines, it will need to be renewed every three years.

So, to remain qualified and ‘in-date’ beyond the initial three-year period, you’ll have to commit to taking and passing another FA EMFAiF course within the final three months prior to expiry of your qualification and in the subsequent three year periods thereafter.

Upcoming Dates

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, courses are currently postponed. 
We are currently in the process of planning future courses in line with government guidance. As soon as future dates are confirmed, they will be advertised on this website.


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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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