FA Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard

Proud to support places where people want to play football

WELCOME TO THE FA CHARTER STANDARD

Proud to support leagues and clubs where people want to play football

The FA is PROUD to make Charter Standard part of grassroots football in England.

The FA Charter Standard Programme is The FA’s accreditation scheme open to all grassroots clubs* and leagues**. It aims to raise standards in the grassroots game through supporting the development of clubs and leagues. It also recognises and rewards commitment, quality and achievement.

These are the clubs and leagues who demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football. Those who achieve The FA Charter Standard are proud to prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of The FA’s Respect Programme as part of their game.

Interim FA Charter Standard club accreditation criteria 2020/21

COVID-19 has impacted on The FA’s and County FA’s ability to offer face to face education. Interim requirements for The FA Charter Standard club accreditation criteria (coaching, first aid and safeguarding) are in place for the season 2020/21 .

Long term plans are being made to offer alternative, sustainable delivery models however it is necessary to make temporary changes for the 2020/21 season.

These apply to new and existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs.

We encourage all clubs to explore the opportunity to become FA Charter Standard accredited, qualifying the relevant individuals to make the on-pitch environment a safe place and putting in place the policies and documents off-pitch to make sure they are built to last. When the time comes there will be an expectation and commitment for all accredited clubs to maintain or raise the standards and requirements that make The FA’s kitemark accreditation programme PROUD to be the best.

To view the interim criteria for 2020/21 please download this document here

PROUD to support clubs and leagues get up to the standard

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Club accreditation

There are two different entry levels for The FA Charter Standard club accreditation:

• The FA Charter Standard Youth
• The FA Charter Standard Adult

Advanced levels are for clubs who offer more playing opportunities, look to grow participation, involve a variety of different people and offer different formats for male, female and disability players in their football environments:

• The FA Charter Standard Development is aimed at clubs who are enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering
• The FA Charter Standard Community acknowledges the most advanced level of club development and football provision

Clubs who achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation are challenged to maintain high standards and, where appropriate, to improve and progress to new levels. Clubs that work in partnership can be linked and recognised to achieve the development or community club levels of accreditation.

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League accreditation

There is only one level of accreditation that grassroots leagues can achieve:

• The FA Charter Standard League accreditation

The accreditation makes a positive difference to the way clubs and leagues are run and to people’s enjoyment of football. The FA aims to support all grassroots clubs and leagues to become FA Charter Standard accredited through our network of County FA’s.

Clubs and leagues work in partnership with County FAs to meet the criteria to achieve accreditation.

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Make your club or league PROUD to achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation

If you’re interested in achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation, or just want to find out more, let’s have a conversation contact Andrew.Brown@DurhamFA.com

You can also visit our other relevant links to find out more about The FA Charter Standard programme.

*Any club affiliated to a County FA that play in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply. Clubs must have at least one team playing within an FA sanctioned league.

**Any league sanctioned to a County FA that are the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply.

Get in touch

Andrew Brown 

Andy Brown
(Football Development Officer - Clubs & Leagues)

T: 0191 3872928 (Option 4, Option 2)

E: Andrew.Brown@DurhamFA.com

Further information about The FA Charter Standard programme is available in our frequently asked questions section.

FAQs

Club Accreditation

Becoming an FA Charter Standard club is a simple application process. Although the criteria are challenging it is also achievable through your ambition and our support.

Been accredited demonstrates you are a club who provides safe, fun and inclusive football environments for all to play and enjoy the game.

There is a minimum entry criteria clubs must satisfy both on-pitch and off-pitch. For the 2020/21 season we have introduced an interim criteria to support clubs to become accredited whilst we navigate through an impacted landscape because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the time comes there will be an expectation and commitment for all accredited clubs to get back to, maintain or raise the standards and requirements that make The FA’s kitemark accreditation programme PROUD to be the best.

On-pitch we look for the relevant individuals to hold certain qualifications to ensure they are educated, equipped and empowered to make the training and match day environment a great one.

Off-pitch we ask clubs to have relevant policies and documents in place to ensure they are structured correctly and built to last. FA templates of these policies and documents are available to adopt.

To start your club application process please make contact with Andrew.Brown@DurhamFA.com

Any club affiliated to a County FA that play in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply. Clubs must have at least one team playing within an FA sanctioned league.

Becoming an FA Charter Standard league is a simple application process. Although the criteria are challenging it is achievable through your ambition and our support.

Been accredited demonstrates you are a league who provides safe, fun and inclusive football environments for all to play and enjoy the game.

There is only one level of accreditation leagues can apply for. The criteria focus on having the following:

  • a 3-year development plan,
  • a minimum percentage of member clubs accredited with an ambition to grow this percentage,
  • implementation of The FA’s Respect programme,
  • a focused Referee Officer
  • an active link with other leagues to support players to find relevant places to continue playing their football.

To start your league application process please make contact with Andrew.Brown@DurhamFA.com

Currently clubs complete an annual health check via The FA’s Whole Game System every season from September however for the 2020/21 season the Annual Health Check is suspended. Leagues are asked to renew their accreditation every three years whilst reviewing their development plan with their local County FA’s development team.

Leagues and clubs achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation can be PROUD to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football within their football community.

They demonstrate positive football environments where people experience their football in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.

Whether you are male, female or have a disability, individuals including players, officials, spectators, referees and volunteers feel part of a team thanks to league and club accreditation as they aim to provide FOOTBALL FOR ALL.

For becoming The FA Charter Standard accredited, leagues and clubs receive access to benefits that help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters.

Both accredited leagues and clubs experience benefits, the level of which depends on the level of accreditation for clubs. These include:

  • Attracting and retaining players, supporters and volunteers through providing safe, fun and inclusive environments for all to experience and enjoy
  • Funding for football equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA and County FAs

    Support and resources are available to accredited leagues and clubs help them achieve their ambitions including but not limited to:

  • Raising standards across the game
  • Creating positive match day environments
  • Establishing player pathways for continued participation, placing the player at the centre of all they do
  • Understanding the role they play in their football community
  • Becoming a sustainable and financially efficient organisations

There is a minimum criteria for all clubs with some additional criteria specific to clubs with youth teams and clubs with adult teams.

On-pitch we look for the relevant individuals to hold certain qualifications to ensure they are educated, equipped and empowered to make the training and match day environment a great one.

Off-pitch we ask clubs to have relevant policies and documents in place to ensure they are structured correctly and built to last. FA templates of these policies and documents are available to adopt.

Higher levels of club accreditation are achievable for clubs who have the ambitions to provide more playing opportunities to more people. Clubs who achieve Development or Community club accreditation are given access to greater levels of support, benefits and equipment.

There is only one level of accreditation leagues can apply for. The criteria focus on having in place a 3-year development plan, a minimum percentage of your member clubs accredited with ambitions to grow this percentage, implementation of The FA’s Respect Programme, a focused Referee Officer and an active link with other leagues to support players to find relevant places to continue playing their football.

It’s free! The FA and County FAs do not charge to become accredited. Clubs also receive benefits and incentives to achieve, maintain and progress their FA Charter Standard status.

The following rewards are available for accredited leagues and clubs from the 2020/21 season.

 

Clubs

  • Certification
  • Football Equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA where applicable

    Leagues

  • Certification
  • Football Equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA where applicable

     

    New Clubs will receive:

  • Adult - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Youth - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Development - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Community - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

     

    Existing Clubs will receive:

  • Adult - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Youth - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Development - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Community - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

     

    New and existing leagues will receive:

  • Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, access to redeem a kit & equipment package
Grassroots Football

tHE FA CHARTER STANDARD ANNUAL HEALTH CHECKS

Stay Proud to be The FA Charter Standard accredited

Once clubs achieve The FA Charter Standard Award they need to maintain the criteria each season, this is called The FA Charter Standard Annual Health Check.

This will support clubs in:
• Tracking the validity of their voluntary workforce in relation to coach education and welfare 
• Identifying their workforce / coach education requirements for the season 

The Health Check form presents information held on your club and the volunteers within the club together with asking questions how the club adheres to The FA Charter Standard criteria. 

The information gathered year on year will be maintained to help build a greater picture of the volunteer structure at your club so we know what further support you need.


STAY PROUD - START YOUR CLUB ANNUAL HEALTH CHECK NOW 

Click Here to access The FA Whole Game System

For guidance on completing your FA Charter Standard Health Check please click on the link below;

click here to download

Safeguarding Children

SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY

Safeguarding is about doing things the right way, doing things properly. It's about allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. That means bullying, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.

Find out more about how we can all keep football safe and fun for all involved by clicking the button below. Here you can find Best Practice resources to support your organisation to create the right environment for children and young people involved in the grassroots game. 

Durham FA Girls Player Development Centre