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Become an FA Lead Playmaker

Read more about the role and how to get started


So, you've got your FA Playmaker qualification – and now you're ready to take the lead.

If you want to get more involved in the delivery of safe, fun and inclusive sessions, this is the role for you.

As an FA Lead Playmaker, you’ll have our backing to take up leading volunteer roles at your club or within FA participation programmes, such as Wildcats and JustPlay.

That could mean stepping in to lead a training practice at your club, or designing and delivering safe, fun and inclusive sessions at your daughter’s Wildcats centre.

How do I become an FA Lead Playmaker?

Firstly, you need to be over 18 years old.

And then, once you've completed The FA Playmaker course, you'll need to bolt on the following first aid and safeguarding qualifications:

  • The FA Introduction to First Aid in Football
  • The FA Safeguarding Children Course
  • DBS check.

All three are a requirement of becoming an FA Lead Playmaker. Note: Unfortunately, these courses are subject to postponement due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information about when they'll be available will be shared in due course. 

As part of our safeguarding policy, we require everyone responsible for leading football activities to have the appropriate first aid and safeguarding qualifications for the age-group they’re working with.

And that's it. Your profile will automatically update to show your new qualifications and your role as an FA Lead Playmaker. You can then show this as proof when applying for lead volunteer roles, or should anyone ask to check the status of your first aid or safeguarding qualifications. 

If you have any questions about this, please visit our FA Lead Playmaker FAQs on our Help Centre here. 

Get Started

Quick links to the qualifications you'll need to become an FA Lead Playmaker. 

Note: These course are subject to postponements due to the COVID-19 outbreak.