FIH Level 1 COACH Award (Online)

Online Sessions: 10:00 to 12:00 CEST (Geneva) on 19, 21, 23 August 2024

The FIH Level 1 Foundation Coach (L1C) Award is the first step on the FIH Coach Education Pathway.

The L1C designed for coaches, teachers and volunteers aged 16+ wanting to start coaching at an initiation/beginner/foundation level, under the guidance of a structured programme and/or a higher-level coach.

Applicants do not require any prior experience of hockey or coaching.

FIH Academy Courses are recognised globally, however, with 140 FIH member nations, equivalence to National Association qualification and requirements, as well as local laws will vary. For further information please contact your National Association or Continental Federation.

What's included?

  • E-learning Induction
  • 3 Live Zoom sessions
  • Online Assessment
  • L1C Certification
  • Interactive experience


Our online L1C consists of 6hrs of online interactive Zoom/MS Teams sessions (usually 3 x 2hrs), with up to 16 participants and 2 FIH Educators.


  • Preparing to Coach
  • Planning & Delivering a Session
  • The Game

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, we hope you are able to:
  • Identify practical and player injury risk factors and procedures in the coaching environment
  • Explore basic concepts of how to coach, including self analysis
  • Explore best practice in session design
  • Understand the importance of and how to plan appropriate warm-up and cool down activities 
  • Observe and analyse the technical fundamentals required to play hockey
  • Define Physical/Mental, Principles, Technical, Tactical and Cultural factors in player management


The FIH L1C online is usually organised over three sessions of 2hrs each. The planner to the right will give you a rough idea of the session breakdown, however, this will vary depending on the educator delivering and the participants prior knowledge.

All participants are required to complete pre-course tasks and to actively engage in online sessions.
Patrick Jones - Course author