Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard Club Programme is a best practice guide that sets standards of Coaching, Administration and Child Protection for all clubs outside of the Football League and Premier League. The FA Charter Standard programme recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in Club and League football. FA Charter Standard status is awarded to Clubs and Leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

Launched in 2001 The FA Charter Standard programme now has over 4,500 clubs, with over 460 advanced level Community Clubs and 120 leagues. As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all. It also recognises a Club's commitment to coaching, player and coach development and the raising standards of behaviour in football.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.

These are:

  • FA Charter Standard Club (Entry Level)
  • FA Charter Standard Development Club
  • FA Charter Standard Community Club

Any club can apply for FA Charter Standard status, even a one-team club. The criteria is challenging, but is attainable for every club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained.


FA Charter Standard Annual Health Check

To support clubs in maintaining the standards of The FA Charter Standard Programme, an annual health check process is required for all FA Charter Standard Clubs. The Annual Health Check will support clubs in:

  • Tracking the validity of their voluntary workforce in relation to coach education and welfare
  • Identifying their workforce / coach education requirements for the season. The health check form presents information held on your club and the volunteers within the club together with asking questions regarding how the club adheres to The FA Charter Standard criteria.

The information gathered year on year will be maintained to help build a greater picture of the volunteer structure at your club so we know what further support you need. In the documents section below please find the FA's "Charter Standard Clubs" literature which provides clubs with guidance on how to receive or generate their unique club health check form, and how to complete it correctly. Shropshire FA are able to support you with all elements of the Health Check so please do contact us for further support. Alternatively you can complete the annual health check using the following guide provided in the link below.

All FA Charter Standard Clubs are required to complete their Annual Health Check online and submit it to the Shropshire FA by the end of March each year. If a Club have not done so, their FA Charter Standard accreditation may be suspended. If a club has not completed their Health Check or contacted Shropshire FA by the end of June each year, their accreditation will expire. On completion and submission of the Health Check form the club will receive Nike Footballs.


How to Apply

To apply, clubs must complete an application form and return it to Shropshire FA with the requested supporting evidence. The application will be assessed by the Shropshire FA nominated officer. Feedback will be obtained from the leagues that your club plays in to ensure that your club displays the high levels expected of an FA Charter Standard Club.

The FA Charter Standard Working Party will provide feedback on each application, which will include an action plan and a recommendation. If your club meets the criteria, Shropshire FA will forward your application to The FA for awarding. If your club does not meet the criteria, Shropshire FA will provide an action plan and advice.

The kitemark lasts for one season and will be renewed each year as part of the club re-affiliation process. Kitemark awards can be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record, fails to attend in-service FA Charter Standard events or is unable to continue to meet the criteria.

To download any of the charter standard application forms or the annual health check please see the documents at the bottom of the page.


Further Information

For more information please contact Darren Beech, Football Development Team Leader on the following:
(T): 01743 362769
(M): 07435960651