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Welcome to The FA Charter Standard

Proud to support places where people want to play

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, 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 who achieve 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 of FA Charter Standard club accreditation:

  • FA Charter Standard Youth
  •   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

  • FA Charter Standard Development is aimed at clubs who are enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering
  • 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.

What The FA Charter Standard means for clubs

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 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. 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 grassroots leagues

The FA Charter Standard League is an accreditation that sets an operational benchmark for FA sanctioned leagues. Since 2009 this is awarded to leagues which can demonstrate their commitment to provide well organised football in safer, more inclusive environments.

Make your club or league proud to be FA Charter Standard

If you’re interested in achieving The FA Charter Standard Accreditation, or just want to find out more, you should start by making contact with your County FA. They’ll be able to support you. 

Additionally, if your league is interested in becoming Charter Standard, please make your expression of interest know to the Senior Football Development Officer, Charlotte Brown.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01256 853017
(8:30am - 5:15pm)

By Email: Charlotte.Brown@HampshireFA.com

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resources and guidance

Helpful resources to achieve and maintain The FA Charter Standard accreditation.

CHARTER STANDARD FAQs

Any club or league 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/leagues must be affiliated to Hampshire FA.

No, there is no charge. Application and the FA Charter Standard programme is free.

Clubs/Leagues should contact Hampshire FA to apply for FA Charter Standard status. Clubs/leagues work in partnership with Hampshire FA to demonstrate and work towards meeting the accreditation criteria. Help and support is available from our team of experienced staff.

For all Youth Clubs & Leagues please contact: Charlotte.Brown@HampshireFA.com

For all Adult Clubs & Leagues please contact: Pedro.Viveiros@HampshireFA.com

For FA Charter Standard Clubs 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.

For FA Charter Standard Leagues accreditation lasts for three years. 

The criteria is outlined within the application form. This criteria may change depending on whether you are a Youth or Adult Club.

 Broadly, the criteria is based on having the following in place:

  • Code of Conduct and Operational Policies
  • Coaching Qualifications (Youth Only)
  • Links, Pathways and Development Plans

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

Leagues are required to meet the following objectives to become an FA Charter Standard League:

  • 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 an active link to another league to support player development and transitional pathways
  • After three years, have a minimum of 85% of teams as members of FA Charter Standard Clubs

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.

 The level of support and resources you receive will depend on the level of accreditation a club achieves. Benefits 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 FA

The benefits are as follows:

• Crystal award and certificate on achieving the award
• Charter Standard League retention funding when they renew after 3 years
• A minimum of 2 tickets to the Community Shield each season
• Access to the Nike Charter Standard online shop with significant discounts
• Access to the FA Charter Standard Legal Helpline 01912117799
• Exclusive use of the FA Charter Standard League logo