Charter Standard Club

Any club can apply for FA CS status, even a one-team club – provided the club is affiliated to its County FA.

The criteria are challenging, but attainable for every club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs are given an annual ‘health check’ to ensure the standards of provision are being maintained.

How does a club apply for the FA Charter Standard accreditation?

To apply, clubs must complete an application form and return it to your County FA with the requested supporting evidence. The application will be assessed by the County FA nominated officer. Feedback will be obtained from the leagues that your club plays in to ensure that your club displays the high levels expected of an FA Charter Standard Club.

The FA Charter Standard Working Party will provide feedback on each application, which will include an action plan and a recommendation. If your club meets the criteria, the County FA will forward your application to The FA for awarding. If your club does not meet the criteria, your County FA will provide an action plan and advice. The accreditation lasts for one season and will be renewed each year as part of the club re-affiliation process. The accreditation awards can be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record, fails to attend in-service FA Charter Standard events or is unable to continue to meet the criteria.

What criteria must be satisfied to achieve the entry-level club award?

Criteria include:

  • Having an FA-trained Club Welfare Officer
  • An FA Level 1 coach for each youth team (U18 and below)
  • Criminal Record Checks (CRC) for all volunteers involved in youth football teams
  • FA Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team 
  • Sign-up to and deliver The FA’s Respect programme 
  • Appropriate administration governance in place – in relation to the club’s size
  • An FA Charter Standard Co-ordinator recruited for each club.

Additional Adult Club criteria:

  • To be formerly constituted
  • Require a set of recent Committee meeting minutes
  • Have at least one team playing in an FA-sanctioned league
  • Have a bank account in the club’s name
  • Provide a balance sheet and profit and loss account
  • Have a Club equality Policy
  • Link to a feeder club for players
  • A good disciplinary record
  • A first aider with every team.

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Additional Development Club criteria:

  • A minimum of five teams covering at least four different age groups
  • A Football Development Plan for three to five years
  • At least one Level 2 coach coaching one of the teams
  • At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Award Module 1, coaching one of the teams.

Additional Community Club criteria:

  • A minimum of ten teams covering mini-soccer, youth and adult football
  • Has a minimum of one male and female team
  • At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Module 2 coaching one of the teams
  • One person who has attended the FA Mentoring Adults course.

Benefits of becoming an FA Charter Standard club?

The benefits are many and varied. Some are tangible and some intangible, but no less valuable.

Tangible benefits:

  • Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit each season 2014-18 for under-7 to under-16 teams (see section 4 of this booklet)
  • Free tickets (upon application) for England youth and women’s internationals
  • Invitations to local in-service events
  • Access to administrative support sessions
  • Support with funding applications
  • New FA Charter Standard clubs also receive:

To find out more visit http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/player/clubs-leagues/fa-charter-standard-programme/clubs