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The base criteria for a league wanting to achieve The FA Charter Standard League award are:
- 60 per cent of all teams in the league are FA Charter Standard Clubs and to hit 100 per cent within two years of attaining the award. New teams joining a CSL have a year to become an FA Charter Standard Club.
- Divisions in youth leagues should contain of no more than 12 teams.
- The League must have a development plan that reflects the needs of its member clubs/teams.
- The league must use a web-based results/fixtures/tables system, preferably FULL-TIME (although this is not mandatory).
CSL primarily offers leagues a process to raise standards within leagues and a practical means to deliver initiatives in line with the needs of member clubs. The base criteria ensures that clubs within these leagues are consistent in delivering Respect, have a minimum Level 1 qualified coach with every team (Mini Soccer and youth football only), and have a qualified first aider. However for most leagues this is just the foundation on which they then build significant positive change and initiatives through the implementation of a league development plan.
The league development plan should be a clear set of actions that will make a practical difference to the operation of the league and the progress of the clubs/teams and players within it. The best plans to date have been grounded in the feedback from clubs and commit to delivering tangible player, team and volunteer benefits such as:
- A league referee development programme which will ensure that all league games have a qualified referee.
- A programme of first aid courses to ensure every team has a player/coach or manager who understands basic first aid.
- A fair play awards system that rewards the clubs with the best disciplinary record.
- A strong partnership between youth and adult leagues that delivers a clear pathway for 16-18 year olds into the open age game.
- The development of new age group divisions to accommodate demand from new teams.
- The adoption of FULL-TIME to reduce the administrative burden on league volunteers.
- The introduction of 9v9 football.
- The development of Veteran’s divisions.
- A programme of coach education opportunities for all coaches within the league.
- New managers evenings providing mentoring around the administration requirements of the league
Example Development Plans:
If you are looking to clarify your leagues purpose, raise standards in your league, use the huge influence of your league to affect change at grass roots level- then Charter Standard League is for you. To get involved please contact Gareth Thomas, Football Development Officer (Adult) on the following:
(T): 01785 279827
(M): 07815 295723