Charter Standard


The Charter Standard Scheme is best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League.

The FA Charter Standard Club Programme now has three levels:

        o FA Charter Standard Club (Youth, Adult)

        o FA Charter Standard Development Club

        o FA Charter Standard Community Club

The FA Charter Standard scheme is the FA kite mark award which looks to provide recognition to those affiliated clubs who demonstrate: 

        o Required standards 

        o Raising standards 
        o Rewarding Quality

There are three levels of Awards for Clubs:

FA Charter Standard Club

The award is available for both Youth and/or Adult Clubs

In summary a Youth Club needs to demonstrate: 

        o Club Management Structure and a Club Constitution 
        o Club Welfare Officer and Child Protection Policy and Procedures 
        o At least one FA Qualified coach with each team in the club 
        o CRB checks via the FA CRB Unit for all club members with unsupervised access to club playing members under 18. 
        o Fair play i.e. Code of Conducts, Equality Policy, Complaints/Disciplinary Procedures 
        o Insurance 
        o Commitment to attend a County In-service Training

In summary an Adult Club requires: 

        o Club Management Structure and a Club Constitution 
        o Insurance 
        o First Aider with an appropriate First Aid Qualification for each team 
        o Fair Play i.e. Code of Conducts, Equality Policy, Complaints Procedures/Disciplinary Procedures 
        o Agree to abide by the FA Child Protection & Policy Procedures



FA Charter Standard Development Club

These clubs must have met the criteria for Charter Standard Clubs and must also have: 

        o At least five teams at four different age groups 
        o A Club Coach at Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football 
        o Commitment to attend at least two County In-service Training events 
        o A three year Football Development plan meeting certain criteria 



FA Charter Standard Community Club

This award is the pinnacle of the Charter Standard Programme. In addition to meeting the Charter Standard Club and Development Club criteria, Community Clubs must have: 

        o At least ten teams from Youth to Adult 
        o Mini Soccer Provision 
        o School Liaison Officer 
        o Volunteer Co-ordinator 
        o Development of Disability Football Opportunities 
        o Boys and Girls teams 
        o 3-5 year Football Development Plan meeting certain criteria

Clubs which achieve the Charter Standard award will be able to access a comprehensive benefits package, which includes: 

        o Use of the Charter Standard logo 
        o Certificate/ Plaque 
        o Equipment benefits 
        o Tickets to England Youth/ Woman’s Internationals 
        o Enhance Funding applications 
        o Further benefits if you achieve FA Community Club 
        o Plus other exclusive County FA benefits e.g. In-service Training

However maybe the most important benefit is the recognition, from The FA, that the club provides a safe, quality experience for its players.

The Cheshire County FA can provide practical support, resources and training courses to assist clubs to achieve FA Charter Standard.

For further information please contact  a member of the Football Development Team on 01606 871155.

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