We have great pleasure in announcing that The FA Playmaker Course is now live and available to complete!


We highly recommended this new introductory football course and would encourage you to circulate it far and wide as this is perfect for anyone wanting to take a more active volunteer role in grassroots football, including those new to coaching.


It’s open to everyone aged 14+, is completely free, and no previous football experience or qualifications are required. You will however need a laptop, mobile or tablet device in order to access the course.


Over 5 online modules, it will help develop the skills needed to deliver the brilliant basics that make fun, safe and inclusive football happen for all. The following topics will be covered:


  • Make football ‘For All’

  • Connect with your players

  • Create fun sessions

  • Keep football safe

  • Take your next step


By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 


  • Confidently support fun, safe and inclusive football sessions

  • Help respond to concussion and sudden cardiac arrest emergencies as well as embed your Emergency Action Plan into your team/club

  • Encourage participation through effective use of motivation and communication techniques

  • Use the STEP framework to plan fun activities that meet players’ needs.

  • Understand how to use England DNA principles of positivity, ball rolling and game-based practice to create engaging sessions. 

  • Move onto The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course – if you want to!


To find out more and sign up to the FA Playmaker Course, please see the link below (access the course on the right hand side of the page):



As you are aware, unfortunately The FA Safeguarding Workshops are postponed until further notice. In the meantime, we would recommend that all new coaches who have never completed The FA Safeguarding Workshop complete the FA Playmaker course as it will provide a basic level of Safeguarding education. However, please note the following:


  • Although the FA Playmaker course offers some basic Safeguarding education, it is not a replacement for The FA Safeguarding Workshop. As a result, all new coaches will be required to complete The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop once it becomes available again.

  • For existing coaches who have previously attended a face-to-face FA Safeguarding Workshop where their qualification is about to expire/has expired, they will need to complete the FA Online Safeguarding Re-certification: https://www.sussexfa.com/coaches/development-and-courses/online-safeguarding (left hand side of the page)