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The FA Charter Standard

Proud to support places where people want to play football 

WELCOME TO FA CHARTER STANDARD 

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The FA is PROUD to make Charter Standard part of grassroots football in England.

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 by supporting the development of clubs and leagues. It also recognises and rewards commitment, quality and achievement.

These are the clubs and leagues who demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football. Those who achieve The FA Charter Standard are proud to prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of The FA’s Respect Programme as part of their game.

Charter Standard Club Benefits

As part of Surrey FAs efforts to continue to improve the offer and assistance to our Charter Standard clubs across the county, we have put together a brand new bespoke number of benefits available exclusively to Surrey's Charter Standard Clubs.

Previously the FA offered the following benefits to all Charter Standard clubs:

  • Digital Welcome Pack
  • Digital Certificate
  • Digital Promotional Assets
  • Nike Strike Footballs
  • Access to redeem a kit & equipment package

Not only will all Surrey Charter Standard clubs continue to receive these benefits, they will now also gain the following:

  • Club of the Month Prizes
  • Competitions and Prizes throughout the year
  • Affiliation Discounts
  • Club CPD Opportunities
  • Support from Surrey FA
  • Access to Surrey FA Sponsor/Partnership Discounts. *Subject to availability*
  • Funding opportunities

Anyone that has also gained Charter Standard status since the 1st of January 2021 will also be able to receive our 'New Clubs' benefits:

  • Virtual 1:1 with Football Development Team
  • Matchday-ready First Aid Kit

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 an alternative, sustainable delivery models however it is necessary to make temporary changes for the 2020/21 season. These apply to new and existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs.

We encourage all clubs to explore the opportunity to become FA Charter Standard accredited, qualifying the relevant individuals to make the on-pitch environment a safe place and putting in place the policies and documents off-pitch to make sure they are built to last. When the time comes there will be an expectation and commitment for all accredited clubs to maintain or raise the standards and requirements that make The FA’s kitemark accreditation programme PROUD to be the best.

To view the interim criteria for 2020/21 please download this document.

PROUD to support clubs and leagues get up to the standard

Club accreditation

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 offer more playing opportunities, look to grow participation, involve a variety of different people and offer different formats for male, female and disability players 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 who achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation are challenged to maintain high standards and, where appropriate, to improve and progress to new levels. Clubs that work in partnership can be linked and recognised to achieve the development or community club levels of accreditation

League accreditation

There is only one level of accreditation that grassroots leagues can achieve:

  • The FA Charter Standard League accreditation

The accreditation makes a positive difference to the way clubs and leagues are run and to people’s enjoyment of football. The FA aims to support all grassroots clubs and leagues to become FA Charter Standard accredited through our network of County FA’s.

Clubs and leagues work in partnership with County FAs to meet the criteria to achieve accreditation.

Make your club or league PROUD to achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation 

If you’re interested in achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation, or just want to find out more, let’s have a conversation contact Emma.Barnes@SurreyFA.com.

You can also visit our other relevant links to find out more about The FA Charter Standard programme.

Any club affiliated to a County FA that play in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply. Clubs must have at least one team playing within an FA sanctioned league.

Any league sanctioned to a County FA that are in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply.

Get In Touch

Emma Barnes
Football Development Manager

By Phone:
 
01372 384 744 | 07961 475 213


By Email:
emma.barnes@surreyfa.com 


TAKE YOUR CLUB TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Applying for charter standard 

Achieving Charter Standard means your club can be proud to offer the best standard of grassroots football for your players and volunteers.

To get started, download the Charter Standard Application Form.
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General FAQS

Clubs 

Any club affiliated to a County FA that play in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply. Clubs must have at least one team playing within an FA sanctioned league.

Leagues

Any league sanctioned to a County FA that are the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply.

There are 4 types of Charter Standard - Adult, Youth, Development and Community. Depending on your club status and infrastructure will depend on the type of Charter Standard you are able to apply for. Entry level Charter Standard status is Youth or Adult (depending on the teams in your club)

You would need to apply to be a Youth Charter Standard Club as requirements for youth club are stricter. Please see "What is Required" section on the guide to Charter Standard.

It’s FREE. The FA and County FA’s do not charge to become accredited. Clubs and leagues receive benefits and incentives to achieve, maintain and progress their accreditation.

Currently clubs complete an annual health check via The FA’s Whole Game System every season from September however for the 2020/21 season the Annual Health Check is suspended. Leagues are asked to renew their accreditation every three years whilst reviewing their development plan with their local County FA’s development team.

Leagues and clubs achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation can be PROUD to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football within their football community.

They demonstrate positive football environments where people experience their football in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.

Whether you are male, female or have a disability, individuals including players, officials, spectators, referees and volunteers feel part of a team thanks to league and club accreditation as they aim to provide FOOTBALL FOR ALL.

For becoming The FA Charter Standard accredited, leagues and clubs receive access to benefits that help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters.

Both accredited leagues and clubs experience benefits, the level of which depends on the level of accreditation for clubs. These include:

  • Attracting and retaining players, supporters and volunteers through providing safe, fun and inclusive environments for all to experience and enjoy
  • Funding for football equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA and County FAs

    Support and resources are available to accredited leagues and clubs help them achieve their ambitions including but not limited to:

  • Raising standards across the game
  • Creating positive match day environments
  • Establishing player pathways for continued participation, placing the player at the centre of all they do
  • Understanding the role they play in their football community
  • Becoming a sustainable and financially efficient organisations

Clubs 

There is a minimum criteria for all clubs with some additional criteria specific to clubs with youth teams and clubs with adult teams.

On-pitch we look for the relevant individuals to hold certain qualifications to ensure they are educated, equipped and empowered to make the training and match day environment a great one.

Off-pitch we ask clubs to have relevant policies and documents in place to ensure they are structured correctly and built to last. FA templates of these policies and documents are available to adopt.

Higher levels of club accreditation are achievable for clubs who have the ambitions to provide more playing opportunities to more people. Clubs who achieve Development or Community club accreditation are given access to greater levels of support, benefits and equipment.

Find out more about the criteria here.

Leagues 

There is only one level of accreditation leagues can apply for. The criteria focus on having in place a 3-year development plan, a minimum percentage of your member clubs accredited with ambitions to grow this percentage, implementation of The FA’s Respect Programme, a focused Referee Officer and an active link with other leagues to support players to find relevant places to continue playing their football.

Clubs

  • Certification
  • Football Equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA where applicable

Leagues

  • Certification
  • Football Equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA where applicable

New Clubs will receive:

  • Adult - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs 
  • Youth - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Development - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Community - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

Existing Clubs will receive:

  • Adult - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Youth - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Development - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Community - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

New and existing leagues will receive:

  • Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, access to redeem a kit & equipment package
Applying FAQs

Please see details of how to apply here.

Please see details of what is required to apply here.

From Tuesday 29th September, applications will be open. Application forms and details of how to apply can be found here.

 

We like a new club to be established for 6 months before applying for Charter Standard, to allow an evidence base of sustainability and operating to a high level.

All applications vary, depending on the size and current status of you club. By having an allocated role within your club to focus on gaining Charter Standard, the process can be sped up.

Qualification FAQs

Following a thorough review of all of the courses we had planned for the 2020/21 season, we've been closely assessing the impact that lockdown and the Covid-19 crisis is having on all our learners. Having carefully considered the implications of running courses we have decided not to start the delivery of any new face-to-face education between now and December.

During this period our focus will be on supporting learners to complete courses already started before lockdown. We will also be running a small number of first aid courses for those that require these as part of their role in football.  Dates will be released on the relevant section of our 
website very soon for these first aid courses.

 

If you had previously booked a course which had not started we will be in contact with you directly to confirm the next steps and organise refunds for you.

  

For all of those who would like to start their coaching journey, there is a brand new (FREE) online course available for you called The 'FA Playmaker'. We highly recommend completing this course to help support you and your team for the season.

Looking forward, The FA will be offering new course provision from March 2021. They will be releasing some further information on the changes soon, as well as providing more detail about these courses in the new year. Please note that bookings for these new courses are not open yet.

 

We apologise for the inconvenience our decision regarding course delivery may have, but as I am sure you will appreciate our priority is to ensure safe delivery during these very challenging times and allow us to best support the new course structure from March 2021.

 

We hope to see you on a course very soon.

First Aid 

Coaches whose First Aid has expired since 1st February 2020 or will before 31st July 2021 will have an extension to their training until 31st July 2021. 

Safeguarding

All current coaches whose FA Safeguarding Children training has expired must complete the online FA Safeguarding Children Recertification.

There are a limited number of courses that are recognised by the FA. However, for the majority of people, an FA qualification is required.

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