Proud to support places 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, 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 who achieve 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 of FA Charter Standard club accreditation:
FA Charter Standard Youth
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.
FA Charter Standard Development is aimed at clubs who are enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering
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.
WHAT THE FA CHARTER STANDARD MEANS 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 FA Charter Standard 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
PROUD TO SUPPORT GRASSROOTS LEAGUES
The FA Charter Standard League is an accreditation that sets an operational benchmark for FA sanctioned leagues. Since 2009 this is awarded to leagues which can demonstrate their commitment to provide well organised football in safer, more inclusive environments.
MAKE YOUR CLUB OR LEAGUE PROUD TO BE FA CHARTER STANDARD
If you’re interested in achieving The FA Charter Standard Accreditation, or just want to find out more, you should start by making contact with us and we will be able to support you.
Any club can get the support they need to apply for FA Charter Standard accreditation. FA Charter Standard accreditation demonstrates how clubs, leagues, volunteers, parents and players play their part in providing fun, safe and inclusive football opportunities for all.
As a minimum clubs must be affiliated to Somerset FA and have at least one team playing in an FA sanctioned league.
How does a club apply for the FA Charter Standard accreditation?
Clubs should contact Somerset FA to apply for FA Charter Standard status.
Clubs work in partnership with Somerset FA to demonstrate and work toward meeting the accreditation criteria. Help and support is available from our team of experienced staff.
We will then work together to complete an FA Charter Standard application form and Somerset FA will review your application and supporting evidence with a number of experienced individuals within the game. If a club meets the criteria they are awarded a relevant level of accreditation. Support is available to help clubs meet the standard.
What criteria must be satisfied to achieve the entry-level club award?
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.
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.
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:
An official FA plaque and certificate
Resources to help promote the club
£100 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Youth and Adult Clubs)
£150 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Development Clubs)
£200 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Community Clubs)
Opportunity to become Nike Partner Club (FA Charter Standard Development and Community Clubs)
Overall, FA Charter Standard status is a clear demonstration to all parents, sponsors and the public, that a club (or league):
Is well-organised, safe and offers opportunities for all
Has FA-qualified coaches as standard
Adheres to FA Respect Policies and Codes of Conduct
Prioritises Child Welfare
Maintains appropriate levels of discipline
Has access to the County FA and FA regional workforces
Can use the coveted FA ‘Three Lions’ FA crest on its marketing and business materials
How do leagues register an interest in becoming Charter Standard?
Leagues interested in attaining the FA Charter Standard status should register their interest by completing the FA Charter Standard League registration form and sending it to us.
Once a league has registered, a member of Somerser FA staff will contact the league to confirm how to access the resources and incentives for the programme and to arrange a meeting or invite the league to a workshop with other leagues.
The second step is to audit and assess the league against the FA Charter Standard criteria, then work with us on an action plan to achieving the criteria. Once this criteria is achieved, we will approve FA Charter Standard status and organise the official plaque and other benefits. We will then work with the league on continuous development and the health check.
What is the criteria to achieve The FA CS League award?
The base criteria for a league wanting to achieve The FA Charter Standard League award are:
Evidence of how the league plans to retain/grow the number of male, female and disability teams (mini-soccer, small sided and 11v11) as appropriate
At least 60% of teams in the league have Charter Standard Club status, working towards 100% within two seasons
The league has an equality policy and complaints procedure that adheres to The FA equality policy and complaints procedure template
The league has a safeguarding children policy and procedures that adheres to FA requirements (youth leagues only)
The Youth League Welfare Officer and Charter Standard League Co-ordinator sit on the league committee
The league has a web-based administration system for results, tables and fixtures. FULL-TIME is recommended for this purpose but it isn’t mandatory
The league has a development plan that identifies key development objectives and targets linked to the National Game Strategy key goals and enablers
FA Charter Standard League 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.
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 grassroots level- then FA Charter Standard League is for you.