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Charter Standard

Proud to support places where people want to play

About Charter Standard

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 which achieve The FA 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 for The FA Charter Standard club accreditation:
• The FA Charter Standard Youth
• The 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:
• 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 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.

Benefits and Incentives

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 The FA Charter Standard status, 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 Adult football

The FA is proud to support adult clubs to help them meet new challenges in grassroots football. We’ve updated The FA Adult Charter Standard Club award to make sure we represent the needs of our clubs and players in the modern game.

All adult clubs are eligible to become accredited to The FA’s Charter Standard programme. The only stipulation being that a club must play in a league or competition affiliated to The FA.
Our research shows clubs accredited to The FA Charter Standard programme are better able to promote and organise themselves. This means these clubs tend to have more volunteers and more players. They are more likely to continue playing from season to season.

We’ve updated The FA Charter Standard application process to help clubs to focus on planning for the current or forthcoming season. Specifically this includes:-
• Key dates and events for the forthcoming season
• Identifying predicted expenditure and income
• Player recruitment
• Club volunteer recruitment and retention

Clubs that complete this process and become accredited to The FA Charter Standard – Adult Club are able to claim certain benefits. These benefits change from season to season. Clubs who are accredited from the start of 2018-19 are eligible for the following:-
• A £100 Nike kit voucher for the Adult Kit Scheme.
• 10 Nike Strike balls
• The ability to promote themselves as accredited The FA Charter Standard - Adult Club including the use of the logo and the Proud to be The FA Charter Standard identity
• Eligibility to apply for a £750 ‘ Retain the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation 

Download application form

Criteria

Safeguarding Policy

Equality Policy 

Codes of Conduct - Men

Codes of Conduct - Women

Adult Club Planner

Club Rules

FA Respect Codes of Conduct

Get In Touch

Sheffield & Hallamshire CFA 

Phone: 0114 261 5500

Email: development@sheffieldfa.com

FAQs

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 a County FA and have at least one team playing in an FA sanctioned league.

Clubs should contact Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA to apply for FA Charter Standard status.

Clubs work in partnership with SHCFA to demonstrate and work toward meeting the accreditation criteria. Help and support is available from our team of experienced staff.

Clubs and County FAs will work together to complete an FA Charter Standard application form. Then SHCFA 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.

It’s free! The FA and County FAs do not charge to become accredited. Clubs also receive benefits and incentives to achieve, maintain and progress their FA Charter Standard status.

A club’s accreditation lasts for one season. An annual health check must be completed each year to review a club’s status. The FA Charter Standard accreditation may be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record or no longer meets the criteria.

Clubs which achieve FA Charter Standard status can be proud to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football. They are able to demonstrate they offer positive football environments where people can develop their skills, keep fit and enjoy playing as part of a friendly, inclusive community.

 FA Charter Standard clubs receive access to benefits that will help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters. The level of support and resources you receive 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

 The FA, County FA and associated partners offer a number of additional benefits to those above so speak to us today to find out more.

The criteria are outlined within the application form. There are different criteria for both. It also has some relevant differences for the Youth and Adult game. Broadly the criteria are based around having the following in place: 

  • Code of conduct and operational policies
  • Coaching qualifications (Youth only)
  • Links, Pathways & Development Plans

These criteria are designed to make clubs in the best place possible to play and enjoy football.

Higher levels of accreditation are available to clubs who offer above the minimum criteria. Clubs who achieve Community or Development status are given access to greater levels of support, benefits and equipment.

Leagues should contact your local County FA to register an interest in achieving FA Charter Standard status. This is done by completing an FA Charter Standard League Registration form.

Your County FA will organise a meeting or invite you to one of our league workshops where we can help audit and assess your league. As part of this meeting we will identify outstanding objectives against the criteria and help leagues work toward meeting these.

The precise criteria to become an FA Charter Standard League is identified as part of your County FA meeting or forum. Broadly leagues are required to meet the following objectives: 

  • 60% of registered teams are members of FA Charter Standard clubs
  • Demonstrate support for new teams to achieve FA Charter Standard status
  • Supporting and implementing The FA’s Respect campaign
  • Having a league referees’ officer
  • Demonstrate active link to another league to support player development and transitional pathways
  • After 3 years, have a minimum of 85% teams as members of FA Charter Standard clubs

 Working together with your County FA, we help make sure you are delivering the best offer possible for players to play in a safe, fun and inclusive environment and support for the people who help run your teams.

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