FA Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard Programme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and safeguarding children for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League.

As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all. It also recognises the club’s commitment to coaching, player and coach development and the raising of standards of behaviour in the game.

The FA Charter Standard Club Programme now has three levels:

  • FA Charter Standard Club (Youth, Adult)
  • FA Charter Standard Development Club
  • FA Charter Standard Community Club 


The FA, in conjunction with various bodies, has drawn up the following set of criteria for clubs wishing to reach Charter Standard:
  • A written constitution
  • FA CRC/DBS checked volunteers (Youth Clubs Only)
  • All managers to have minimum of FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football Course (Youth Clubs Only)
  • Commitment to attend in-service training
  • Everyone to sign up to, accept and promote Codes of Conduct
  • Commitment to provide Mini-Soccer opportunities for Under 10s
  • Commitment to promote schools liaison and equal opportunities for all

You can find the FA Charter Standard Club Applications forms and some supporting documents to support the development of your football club below under 'Documents'.

For support on becoming an FA Charter Standard Club take a look at this supporting document - Becoming an FA Charter Standard Club

For support and advice regarding FA Charter Standard for clubs please contact Andy Brown (Football Development Officer - Club Development) on 0191 3872928 or email Andrew.Brown@DurhamFA.com

Annual Health Check

To support clubs in maintaining the standards of The FA Charter Standard programme, an Annual Health Check process has now been introduced for all FA Charter Standard Clubs that will replace the existing three year renewal process.

For guidance and further information about completing your Annual Health Check please click the following link: FA Charter Standard Annual Health Check

For support with your FA Charter Standard Club Health Check please contact Andy Brown, Football Development Officer (Club Development) on 0191 3872928 or email, Andrew.Brown@DurhamFA.com 

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