FA Emergency First Aid

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This is a three hour workshop for the pitch side first aider, which aims to provide the participant with:

  • Knowledge and practical skills to be able to attend an unconscious player
  • Knowledge and practical skills to be able to recognise and manage a player who is not breathing, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation
  • Knowledge of sudden cardiac arrest in football
  • Knowledge and practical skills to recognise and apply immediate first aid to a number of medical conditions that pose a threat to life
  • Knowledge of the requirements of emergency action planning for football
  • Knowledge of the FA concussion guidelines and appropriate immediate management of the concussed player

The course is open to all with an interest in improving their emergency aid skills. The qualification is valid for a period of three years.



The course will provide the learner with the knowledge and practical skills and an introduction to first aid that will enable them to attend a conscious or unconscious player, ensuring that appropriate care is given until the emergency medical services arrive and takeover, or until an alternative healthcare professional(s) assumes responsibility for the player.

On completion of the workshop, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognise their role and responsibility as a nominated First Aider
  • Identify the key components of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Identify best practice when summoning medical assistance, in terms of when, how and knowing what information is required
  • Determine whether a player is conscious or unconscious and perform the correct procedure to open the airway
  • Apply the correct techniques whilst performing chest compressions, rescue breathing and automated external defibrillation to a player suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest
  • Discuss appropriate actions following an incident
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms, and administer appropriate immediate first aid when dealing with a range of life threatening conditions that may present in football


  • Emergency Action Planning for football
  • Process Overview
    • Pre-Activity Preparation
    • Reacting to an Incident
    • Approaching the Injured Player
    • Primary Survey (A-E approach)
    • CPR/AED (adults and children)
  • Resuscitation CPR AED Algorithm for adults and children
  • Heart Conditions and sudden cardiac arrest in football
  • Asthma, anaphylaxis, catastrophic bleeding and airway problems
  • Head Injury and concussion - The FA Concussion guidelines
  • Dispelling the myths of first aid management



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)



Three hours 


Lincolnshire FA Cancellation Policy

Should any candidate need to cancel their place on the course, the following criteria will apply; 

*More than 21 days notice - full refund, minus transaction fee. 

*21 days or less notice - 50% refund or course transfer available (x1). 

*7 days or less notice - no refund available, only course transfer (x1). 

Consideration will be given to candidates, who for health reasons are unable to attend. A letter from a Doctor or medical professional may be requested. 

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