Charter Standard Clubs

The Charter Standard Scheme is a best practice guide that sets the standard of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League. As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all.

Criteria and Benefits

The FA Charter Standard Clubs programme, supported by FA Community Partner McDonald's, was launched in February 2001 and is a core component of The FA Football Development programme.

There is a further pathway within Charter Standard, which continues to reward clubs striving for perfection. These are: Clubs (Youth), Clubs (Adult)Development and Community

The scheme is aimed at all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League, players, children and parents.


In conjunction with various bodies, The FA has drawn up the following set of criteria for clubs wishing to reach Charter Standard:

  • A written constitution
  • FA Criminal Records Check (CRC) checked volunteers
  • All managers to have minimum of FA Level 1 Coaching Award
  • Commitment to attend In-Service training Acceptance and promotion of Codes of Conduct
  • Commitment to provide Mini-Soccer opportunities for Under 10s
  • Commitment to promote schools liaison and equal opportunities for all


Clubs that are successful in achieving the Charter will get access to a range of benefits:

  • Use of Charter Standard Crest
  • Exclusive Workshops
  • Kit and Equipment Grants
  • National and Regional Awards Access to FA McDonald's coaching awards Certificates

For more information contact Mark Wozniak, Football Development Officer, on 0114 261 5510 or email

Charter Standard Clubs can also become a link club to local schools -
Please click here for more information on School Club Links

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