Grassroots Football

Setting up a club

Setting up a club

The vast majority of football throughout the country is played at a local level for personal enjoyment. 

Before starting up a new club, you should ask: are there enough potential players? Are there enough volunteers to run the club? Each individual club require specific roles within the club for both adult and youth. We have outlined below information you need with regard to forming a new club.

To be able to participate in organised football or play in leagues, you must affiliate to your County FA.

This isn’t a difficult task and we can provide any advice you need.

We have created a 'Setting up a Club' resource which has links to downloads and resources to support you setting up your club or team. In this resource you can find information on becoming an England Football Accredited Club, things to think about on a match day once up and running and links to policies and procedures you will need


FA Club Football Forum



Get in touch


Andy Brown
(Football Development Officer - Clubs & Leagues)

T: 0191 3872928 (Option 4, Option 4)



Step by Step guide to

Setting up a Club

To help, we've produced a guide to support the process of setting up a brand new club. This guide includes information about about the different steps to take and think about when setting up your own football club.

The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.