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I hold the Youth Award and my FAN previously showed me as a Level 3 coach, but now shows as a Level 2, why is this?

The FA Youth Award was a specialist qualification that concentrated on training qualified coaches the specifics of coaching young people. While The FA Youth Award Modules always received a high level of positive feedback from learners, take-up rates were much lower than other core coaching qualifications, so back in 2016 the principles of the Youth Award modules were incorporated into the new FA Level 2 and UEFA B qualifications released in 2016 and 2017 respectively.  

In order to ensure FA qualifications, keep up to date with modern coaching practices and meet the needs of the game in England we are in the process of reviewing our grassroots qualifications again, with the first new course, the Introduction to Coaching Football, being released in Spring 2021. You can read more about these changes here.  

In 2020 the decision was made to retire The FA Licenced Coaches’ Club (you can read more about the reasons why here) and with this a review of what qualifications would show for coaches as the highest qualification on our new site My Account. The decision was made to show our core coaching pathway rather than specialist coaching qualifications.  


Due to this, your My Account profile will show your profile as a Level 2 qualified coach and your Youth Award will still show in your Learning Experience under Coaching – Other. Your Youth Award remains a valid qualification and you will still be able to work in the same situations as you always have.  

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