Charter Standard

Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard Programme

Proud to support places where people want to play football

The FA is proud to make Charter Standard part 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. 

Get In Touch

T: 01606 871 166 

E: CharterStandard@CheshireFA.com

Cheshire FA Charter Standard Clubs

Adult Clubs

1874 Northwich FC
AFC Macclesfield
AFC Stockport
Altrincham Hale
Axis United FC
Barnton FC
Cammell Laird 1907 FC
Capenhurst Villa
Chester City Ladies
Club AZ
Congleton Town
Congleton VR
Dukinfield Athletic AFC
FC Torkington
Govan Athletic
Hazel Grove
Hoole Rangers FC
Linotype - Cheadle H.N.
Lostock Gralam
Lymm AFC
Macclesfield Town FC
Mallaby
Malpas
Mellor
Mersey Royal
Moore United FC
Newton (Wirral)
Northenden Victoria
Northwich Vixens
Old Altrinchamians
Poulton Royal
Poynton Legion
Rudheath Social FC
Sandbach Curshaws FC
Staly Lions
Stockport Town
Stoconians AFC
Styal
Tarporley Vics
The Albion FC
Upton AA
Wallasey Athletic
Warrington Wolverines FC
Whitegate United
Willaston
Winnington Avenue Y.C.
Winsford United
Wirral SB FC

Community Clubs

AFC Alsager
Altrincham FC
Appleton AFC
Broadheath Central FC
Cheadle & Gatley Junior
Congleton Rovers FC
Dukinfield Youth JFC
Egerton Football Club
Ellesmere Port Town JFC
Frodsham Juniors
High Lane
Inter Cheadle FC
Lymm Rovers Junior
Nantwich Town FC
Neston Nomads
Newton Athletic Youth
Northwich Victoria Juniors FC
Poynton Junior
Queensgate
Richmond Rovers
Sale United
Sandbach United
Timperley Villa Youth
Upton
Upton Juniors FC (CHESTER)
Vale Juniors Congleton
Vauxhall Motors FC
West Kirby United FC
Witton Albion Juniors

Dev. Clubs

Ashville Youth
Cuddington & Sandiway JFC
Davenham Junior Football Club
Great Moor County JFC
Oxton Ladies
Princes Villa JFC
Sala Soccer Schools
Saughall Colts JFC
Stalybridge Celtic Junior

Youth Clubs

AC Hoylake
Adswood United
AFC Middlewich Athletic
AFC Waverton
Alderley United FC
Alex Soccer Centre
Alsager Town FC
Arrowe Park Blades
Ashton On Mersey JFC
Beechwood JFC
Benchill Celtic JFC
Birkenhead Youth Club
Blacon Youth Club
Bollington United
BPR Leiria JFC
Bramhall North 75
Brooklands Dragons JFC
Brookvale United JFC
Cheshire Blades
Chester & District Girls FC
Chester FC
Chester Nomads
Crewe
Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC
Crewe Arrows
Crewe Cavaliers
Crossway
Dukinfield Tigers JFC
FC Sporting Sale
Glenavon JFC
Goostrey Junior Football Club
Grappenhall Sports (Juniors)
Greenleas Juniors
Groves F.C.
Hale United FC
Halton Lions JFC
Halton Rbl Juniors
Hartford
Hattersley
Heath Rangers FC
Helsby
Heswall
Higher Bebington JFC
Hillgate
Holmes Chapel Hurricanes
JFC Greasby
Knutsford
Lymm Piranhas JFC
Macclesfield Boys Junior FC
Macclesfield Town Ladies
Malpas & District Junior FC
Manor Club JFC (Wallasey JFL)
Marple Athletic JFC
Mersey Valley
Middlewich Town Youth
Moss Rose Juniors
Mountfield Rovers
Nantwich Pumas JFC
NAR Sports FC
New Ferry Rangers
North East Wirral Atletico
Offerton Park
Park Royal
Park Royal Macclesfield
Partington Rovers FC
Rakers
Romiley Panthers JFC
Rudheath Youth
Runcorn Linnets
Runcorn Town
Ruskin Park Rovers
Sale Communities JFC
Shore Villa
Signol Athletic JFC
Spurley Hey
Stockport County Ladies
Stockport Dynamoes Juniors
Stockport Georgians
Tarvin Athletic FC
Timperley FC
Tranmere Rovers Disability
Tranmere Rovers Ladies (Cheshire)
Tytherington Juniors
Unicorn Athletic JFC
Vicars Cross Dynamos
Victoria Colts
Wallasey Wanderers FC
Warrington Town FC
Weaverham Cy
West Kirby
Weston Point Juniors
Willaston White Star
Wilmslow Sports Community FC
Wilmslow Town
Windmill Hill Dragons
Winsford Colts FC
Winsford Diamonds
Winsford Over 3
Wistaston Athletic FC
Woodford
Woodhouse Park Junior
Woodley Albion JFC

Want to know more about the programme?

FAQs

Any club 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 must be affiliated to a County FA and have at least one team playing in an FA sanctioned league.

What criteria must clubs meet?

The criteria are outlined within the application form. There are different criteria for both. It also has some relevant differences for the Youth and Adult game. Broadly the criteria are based around having the following in place:

  • Code of conduct and operational policies
  • Coaching qualifications (Youth only)
  • Links, Pathways & Development Plans

These criteria are designed to make clubs in the best place possible to play and enjoy football.

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

What criteria should leagues meet?

The precise criteria to become an FA Charter Standard League is identified as part of your County FA meeting or forum. Broadly leagues are required to meet the following objectives:

  • 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 active link to another league to support player development and transitional pathways
  • After 3 years, have a minimum of 85% teams as members of FA Charter Standard clubs

Working together with your County FA, we help make sure you are delivering the best offer possible for players to play in a safe, fun and inclusive environment and support for the people who help run your teams

Clubs should contact your local County FA to apply for FA Charter Standard status.

Clubs work in partnership with County FAs to demonstrate and work toward meeting the accreditation criteria. Help and support is available from our team of experienced staff.

Clubs and County FAs will work together to complete an FA Charter Standard application form. Then your County FA will review your application and supporting evidence with a number of experienced individuals within the game. If a club meets the criteria they are awarded a relevant level of accreditation. Support is available to help clubs meet the standard.

The criteria are outlined within the application form. There are different criteria for both. It also has some relevant differences for the Youth and Adult game. Broadly the criteria are based around having the following in place:

  • Code of conduct and operational policies
  • Coaching qualifications (Youth only)
  • Links, Pathways & Development Plans

These criteria are designed to make clubs in the best place possible to play and enjoy football.

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

The benefits are many and varied. Some are tangible and some intangible, but no less valuable.

Tangible benefits:

  • Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit each season 2014-18 for under-7 to under-16 teams (see section 4 of this booklet)
  • Free tickets (upon application) for England youth and women’s internationals
  • Invitations to local in-service events
  • Access to administrative support sessions
  • Support with funding applications
  • New FA Charter Standard clubs also receive:
  • An official FA plaque and certificate
  • Resources to help promote the club
  • £100 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Youth and Adult Clubs)
  • £150 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Development Clubs)
  • £200 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Community Clubs)
  • Opportunity to become Nike Partner Club (FA Charter Standard Development and Community Clubs)

Intangible benefits:

Overall, FA Charter Standard status is a clear demonstration to all parents, sponsors and the public, that a club (or league):

  • Is well-organised, safe and offers opportunities for all
  • Has FA-qualified coaches as standard
  • Adheres to FA Respect Policies and Codes of Conduct
  • Prioritises Child Welfare
  • Maintains appropriate levels of discipline
  • Has access to the County FA and FA regional workforces
  • Can use the coveted FA ‘Three Lions’ FA crest on its marketing and business materials

Leagues should contact Cheshire FA to register an interest in achieving FA Charter Standard status. This is done by completing an FA Charter Standard League Registration form.

We will organise a meeting or invite you to one of our league workshops where we can help audit and assess your league. As part of this meeting we will identify outstanding objectives against the criteria and help leagues work toward meeting these

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