The English FA: Starting my coaching qualifications

This was the third part of my plan in Moving to Manchester – Coach Education. So, I’ve started on the pathway of getting my qualifications through the English FA. There is a new UEFA B in Futsal here which is being developed and I would love to get into it in the future.

Good coaching qualifications + good coaching experience = good coaching development. More on the experience and what I am doing in a future post, but education first!

As much as they are about the content, these courses are also great networking opportunities, and every one has the different flavour of a different tutor. It shows what an impact the educator to coaches (or coach to players) can have on the overall experience. They can make or break it for those participating.

I wanted to sum things up briefly below with some numbers of what I’ve been doing to get it done outside of my 9-5 in marketing, and some quotes that have struck a chord with me.


I’m keen to kick-start it well and have a decent crack at it. I’m almost through a 30 day period of:

  • Level 1, Youth 1 and Youth 2 over 3 County FAs (Lancashire, Staffordshire, Birmingham)
  • 92 hours of coach education (11.5 days)
  • 1046 miles of driving to get there and back
Lancashire FA for the Youth 1. Not sure if they are still sponsored by Canterbury of New Zealand :)
Lancashire FA for the Youth 1. Not sure if they are still sponsored by Canterbury of New Zealand 🙂


Big fan of these, whether they give a new message or better articulate an idea. Most were the unique wisdom and experience of the Educators, not straight from the book:

  • “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”
  • “You’re more than just a coach – you could be the most important person in their life”
  • “We’ve professionalised the grassroots game”
  • “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”
  • “You get what you practice”
  • “Football is important, but footballers are more important”
People first.

I don’t want to persuade your interpretation of these, so I’ll just leave them there and let you digest them or throw them out, as you wish.

I’ll also use this to write more about my education and experiences here in Manchester.

Keep being you.

Matt Futsal Fejos

Futsal, Coaching, Psychology & Life. Connecting people through futsal. A Hungarian New Zealander in Manchester.

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