Charter Standard

Find out about The FA Charter Standard programme and the potential benefits to your club!

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

Its goals is to raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs, recognise and reward commitment and achievements.

With this in mind, The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to club rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable - and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.

As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all.

Levels of Charter Standard

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs:

1. FA Charter Standard Club (Youth, Adult) - the entry-level accreditation.

2. FA Charter Standard Development Club - for clubs clearly enhancing the quality and scope of their football offer.

3. FA Charter Standard Community Club - acknowledging the most advanced level of club development and football provision.

To see the full criteria for all three levels, click HERE.


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


  • Access to the McDonald's FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit each season 2014-18 for U7s to U16s teams.
  • Free tickets (upon application) for England youth and women's internationals.
  • Support with funding applications.
  • Official FA plaque and certificate.
  • Free FA Nike match-balls.

Overall, FA Charter Standard status is a clear demonstration to all parents, sponsors and the public that a club...

  • 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.
  • Uses the coveted 'Three Lions' FA crest on its marketing and business materials.

Annual Health Check

In order to ensure that FA Charter Standard clubs maintain the standards of the programme, clubs are required to complete the Annual Health Check process through the Whole Game System.

This process supports clubs in:

  • Tracking their voluntary workforce in relation to coach education and welfare.
  • Identifying their workforce requirements for the season, the Whole Game System presents information held on your club and the volunteers within this, together with asking questions how the club adheres to The FA Charter Standard criteria.

Apply for FA Charter Standard

Please contact our Football Development Officer (Adult/Youth), Sarah Stones by clicking HERE or call 0161 225 1966.