The FA EFAiF Course is a sports first aid course aimed at ‘lay first aiders’, specifically coaches, teachers, parents and volunteers, who are responsible for the provision of emergency first aid when supporting football activities.




  • To provide the learner with an understanding of the general duties, responsibilities and treatment principles of first aid within the football environment
  • To provide learners with the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to recognise and manage life and limb threatening injuries and the ability to offer basic first aid.


On completion of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the duties, responsibilities, general treatment principles and priorities of emergency care provision in the football setting
  • Describe the elements of pre-event preparation (EAP) in relation to emergency care provision in football
  • Carry out the emergency procedures taught on the course that would deal with a life or limb threatening injury presented to them in football inclusive of sudden cardiac arrest, catastrophic bleeding and other medical emergencies
  • Have knowledge and management of airway and cervical spine issues that may arise in football
  • Have knowledge and understanding of The FA concussion guidelines and have completed the on-line course prior to attending the EFAiF course


Limits of Responsibility:

The course aims and objectives focus on the need to provide the learner with sufficient knowledge and skills to identify life and limb threatening injury in football. The aims and objectives are also directed towards a learner identifying the need for an injured or ill player to be referred to a hospital, for medical management by an appropriate healthcare professional. 



The course is ideally one-day inclusive but can be subdivided into three distinct modules if required. Please note all modules must be completed within one month (ideal 3 weeks) and there is no APL to The FA IFAiF course.

Module 1 –

  • The Emergency Action Plan  / Roles and responsibilities of the first aider in football / dispelling the myths of first aid / First aid equipment for football
  • A-E approach cardiac - CPR/ AED and management of sudden cardiac arrest in both adult and paediatric players includes theory and practice
  • Acute Medical emergencies in football (Asthma, anaphylaxis

Module 2 –

  • A-E approach of the injured footballer includes airway management and practice
  • Management of the unresponsive player includes c-spine awareness and assisting the ambulance crew theory and practice
  • Head Injury and Concussion Management in Football theory and practical application

Module 3 –

  • Medical emergencies in football includes anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, hypoglycaemia, epilepsy, heat stroke
  • Limb threatening injuries in football and their first aid management, includes fracture/dislocations, catastrophic bleeding, shock management  theory and practical application
  • Consolidation of all of the above modules 1-3 in summary



Learners must be at least 16 years of age

Have knowledge and understanding of The FA concussion guidelines (e-learning module completion)

Have knowledge, understanding and have completed The FA Sudden Cardiac Arrest (e-learning module completion)



6 hours

Full course details are:

Gloucestershire FA, Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4AG
Day 1

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Please note that course prices, dates and venues may be subject to change during the year.

Please note that if this course should fall below 10 candidates, the County FA reserves the right to cancel the course without prior notice and re-schedule for a later date.


£62.00 (Including Gloucestershire FA Charter Standard Clubs)

Please note:

* The course is subject to minimum numbers to run

* Full refunds can only be given if we receive at least 7 days notice of cancellation prior to the course start date

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