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The FA Charter Standard

Proud to support places where people want to play

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:

INTERIM CRITERIA FOR 2020/21

PROUD TO SUPPORT CLUBS AND LEAGUES GET UP TO THE STANDARD

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

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. 

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. Please contact support@staffordshirefa.com and a member of the team will be happy to help.

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

(E) support@staffordshirefa.com

(T) 01785 256994

faqs

FAQs

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.

Clubs or leagues should contact their local County FA. Clubs and leagues can expect the support they need to understand what it takes for clubs and leagues to become accredited and assistance with relevant information, guidance and documentation.

It’s FREE. The FA and County FA’s do not charge to become accredited. Clubs and leagues receive benefits and incentives to achieve, maintain and progress their accreditation.

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

Leagues should contact your local County FA to register an interest in achieving FA Charter Standard status. This is done by completing an FA Charter Standard League Registration form.

Your County FA will organise a meeting or invite you to one of our league workshops where we can help audit and assess your league. As part of this meeting we will identify outstanding objectives against the criteria and help leagues work toward meeting these.

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.

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