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.
The clubs and leagues who achieve The FA Charter Standard demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football. They 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
Interim requirements for The FA Charter Standard club accreditation criteria (coaching, first aid and safeguarding) has been introduced for the season 2020/21 as COVID-19 has impacted on The FA’s and County FA’s ability to offer face to face education.
Whilst long term plans are being made to offer alternative, sustainable delivery models it is necessary to make temporary changes for the 2020/21 season. These changes apply for new and existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs.
As this criteria is introduced for the 2020/21 season we encourage all clubs to explore the opportunity to become FA Charter Standard accredited. Make the on-pitch environment a safe place by qualifying the relevant people and put 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 read the interim criteria for 2020/21, please the document below:
PROUD to support clubs and leagues get up to the standard
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.
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 in achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation
If you’re interested in achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation, or want to find out more, contact your County FA.They’ll be able to support you.
Visit our ‘Get Started’ section to help you understand how to apply and the resources and guidance to help you become PROUD to be FA Charter Standard accredited.
Further information about The FA Charter Standard programme is available in our frequently asked questions section.
*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.