FA Charter Standard

Become an FA Charter Standard Club

Increasingly, local leagues and grassroots clubs are becoming Charter Standard Clubs. There are now over 7,000 charter standard clubs and this will continue to grow. Ultimately, any funding your club wishes to apply for depends on your club being well run and organised – and the FA Charter Standard is the national standard. In most cases, your club will need to be a recognised FA charter standard club to qualify for any funding.


There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.


Any club can apply for FA Charter Standard status, even a one-team club. The criteria is challenging, but is attainable for every club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained.


Criteria for achieving the entry level award include having a trained Welfare Officer, CRB checks for all volunteers, Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team, Respect programme sign-up, a Level One coach for each youth team, appropriate club administration in place and a volunteer co-ordinator.


The benefits for an FA Charter Standard club include free tickets upon application for England youth and women’s internationals, local in-service FA/McDonald’s coaching events, administration support sessions and support with funding applications.


The ‘hidden’ benefits are key to most clubs working towards the kitemark. By achieving an FA Charter Standard Club Award, you are demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that you are a well-organised, safe Club offering opportunities for all.


To apply, clubs must complete an application form and return it to your County FA with the requested supporting evidence. Follow this link for further information on how to apply.