FA Charter Standard Leagues

The Charter Standard League was launched in 2009 in partnership with McDonald's and is a kitemark that sets an operational benchmark for FA sanctioned leagues.

Leagues interested in attaining the FA Charter Standard League status should register their interest by completing the FA Charter Standard League registration form and sending it to Hampshire FA.

The next step is to audit and assess the league against the FA Charter Standard League criteria, then work with the County on an action plan to achieving the criteria. Once this criteria is achieved, the County will approve FA Charter Standard League status and organise the official plaque and other benefits. The County will then work with the league on continuous development and the health check.

The base criteria for a league wanting to achieve The FA Charter Standard League aware are:

  • Evidence of how the league plans to retain/grow the number of male, female and disability teams (mini-soccer, small sided and 11v11) as appropriate
  • At least 60% of all teams in the league have the FA Charter Standard status, working towards 85% within three years of attaining the award.
  • League Referee Officer
  • Active link to another league
  • The league has an equality policy and complaints procedure that adheres to The FA equality policy and complaints procedure template
  • The league has a safeguarding children policy and procedures that adheres to FA requirements (youth leagues only)
  • The Youth League Welfare Officer and Charter Standard League Co-ordinator sit on the league committee
  • The League must use a web-based results, tables and fixtures, preferably FULL-TIME
  • The League must have a development plan that reflects the needs of its member clubs/teams.

Charter Standard League primarily offers leagues to process to raise standards within the leagues and practical means to deliver initiatives in line with the needs of member clubs. The base criteria ensures that clubs within these leagues are consistent in delivering Respect, have a minimum Level 1 qualified coach with every team (Mini Soccer and Youth football only), and have a qualified first aider. However for most leagues this is just the foundation on which they then build significant positive change and initiatives through the implementation of a league development plan.

The league development plan should be clear set of actions that will make a practical difference to the operation of the league and the progress of the clubs/teams and players within it.

In addition, on achieving the FA Charter Standard League status, your league will receive:

  • Crystal Award & Certificate
  • Use of The FA Charter Standard League logo
  • Priority access to league forums & workshops
  • A minimum of two tickets to the Community Shield each season
  • Retention Funding up to £500 after 3 years
  • Hampshire FA Officer Support
  • Access to the Nike Charter Standard online shop with significant discounts
  • Access to the FA Charter Standard Legal Helpline

Charter Standard Leagues:

If you are looking to clarify your leagues purpose, raise standards in your league, use the huge influence of your league to affect change at grassroots level- then Charter Standard League is for you. To get involved contact Charlotte Brown on 01256 853017 or email Charlotte.Brown@HampshireFA.com.