About Charter Standard
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, supporting the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding commitment, quality and achievement.
Proud to support clubs get up to the standard
The FA Charter Standard accreditation is for clubs who can be proud to be places where people want to play. These are the clubs who demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football. Clubs which achieve The FA Charter Standard status are proud to prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of The FA’s Respect campaign as part of their game.
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 look to grow participation, involve a variety of different people and offer different formats 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 which achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation are challenged to maintain high standards and, where appropriate, to improve and progress to new levels.
The accreditation makes a positive difference to the way clubs are run and to people’s enjoyment of football. The FA aims to support all grassroots clubs to reach Charter Standard status through our network of County FA’s.
Clubs and leagues work in partnership with County FAs to meet the criteria needed to achieve the accreditation. From 2018 funding toward The FA Level 1 Coaching Football qualification is available for clubs.
Clubs achieving The FA Charter Standard status can be proud to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football. They are able to demonstrate positive football environments where people can develop their skills, keep fit and enjoy playing as part of a friendly, inclusive community.
In return for becoming accredited The FA Charter Standard status, clubs receive access to benefits that help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters. The level of support and resources available will depend on the level of accreditation a club achieves. Benefits clubs experience include:
• Attract and retain players, supporters and volunteers
• Funding for football equipment
• Access to promotional resources and guidance
• Tailored support from The FA and County FAs
The FA is proud to support adult clubs to help them meet new challenges in grassroots football. We’ve updated The FA Adult Charter Standard Club award to make sure we represent the needs of our clubs and players in the modern game.
All adult clubs are eligible to become accredited to The FA’s Charter Standard programme. The only stipulation being that a club must play in a league or competition affiliated to The FA.
Our research shows clubs accredited to The FA Charter Standard programme are better able to promote and organise themselves. This means these clubs tend to have more volunteers and more players. They are more likely to continue playing from season to season.
We’ve updated The FA Charter Standard application process to help clubs to focus on planning for the current or forthcoming season. Specifically this includes:-
• Key dates and events for the forthcoming season
• Identifying predicted expenditure and income
• Player recruitment
• Club volunteer recruitment and retention
Clubs that complete this process and become accredited to The FA Charter Standard – Adult Club are able to claim certain benefits. These benefits change from season to season. Clubs who are accredited from the start of 2018-19 are eligible for the following:-
• A £100 Nike kit voucher for the Adult Kit Scheme.
• 10 Nike Strike balls
• The ability to promote themselves as accredited The FA Charter Standard - Adult Club including the use of the logo and the Proud to be The FA Charter Standard identity
• Eligibility to apply for a £750 ‘ Retain the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation (terms and conditions apply).