Clubs accreditation extended this season

Clubs accreditations have been extended this season

For existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs there will be no annual health check for the 2020/21 season.

As COVID-19 has impacted the game we appreciate the time, effort and energy it has taken the football community to get ready for the re-start of the 2020/21 season. We want our FA Charter Standard accredited clubs to continue to focus on the game been played.

Therefore we will be extending clubs accreditation for the 2020/21 season as recognition of the part you play in making grassroots football the best place to play and enjoy the game, helping us ensure your clubs are built to last, to survive and then thrive.

Whilst we extend your accreditation for this season, we still expect standards to be met that reflect why The FA Charter Standard accreditation exists. An interim criteria has been introduced to support accredited clubs to ensure any new individuals that do not satisfy or adhere to qualification criteria can do so during this current landscape, read on to find out more.

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 for new and existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs.

We encourage all new and existing accredited clubs to ensure standards continued to be met, and to get relevant people qualified to make the on-pitch and off-pitch environment a safe place. When the time comes there will be an expectation and commitment for all accredited clubs to maintain or raise the standards and meet the requirements that make The FA’s kitemark accreditation programme PROUD to be the best.

To read the interim criteria for 2020/21, please download the document below:

View The FA Charter Standard Interim Criteria 2020/21