The FA Charter Standard

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What is FA Charter Standard?

Launched in 2001, 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 and support the development of clubs and leagues.

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So how do you go about earning Charter Standard accreditation? Well…with the support of your local County FA it’s pretty straight forward, provided that your club can demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football for all. There are of course specific criteria that need to be met, however these are all very achievable should your club have the desire to do so.

Clubs that achieve Charter Standard status must show that they prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding, as well as the values of The FA’s Respect campaign as part of their game. There are also some facility related criteria that need to be met.

Clubs that achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation are also 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. Clubs and leagues work in partnership with County FAs to meet the criteria needed to achieve the accreditation.

What would Charter Standard do for my club?

In return for becoming accredited FA Charter Standard, 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. Some of the benefits that 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

Please the official FA website for more information The FA Charter Standard

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