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Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard Programme

WELCOME TO THE FA CHARTER STANDARD

Proud to support leagues and clubs where people want to play football

  

The FA is PROUD to make Charter Standard part of 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 through supporting the development of clubs and leagues. It also recognises and rewards commitment, quality and achievement.

These are the clubs and leagues who demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football. Those who achieve The FA Charter Standard are proud to prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of The FA’s Respect Programme as part of their game.

INTERIM FA CHARTER STANDARD CLUB ACCREDITATION CRITERIA 2020/21

COVID-19 has impacted on The FA’s and County FA’s ability to offer face to face education. Interim requirements for The FA Charter Standard club accreditation criteria (coaching, first aid and safeguarding) are in place for the season 2020/21 .

Long term plans are being made to offer alternative, sustainable delivery models however it is necessary to make temporary changes for the 2020/21 season. These apply to new and existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs.

We encourage all clubs to explore the opportunity to become FA Charter Standard accredited, qualifying the relevant individuals to make the on-pitch environment a safe place and putting in place the policies and documents off-pitch to make sure they are built to last. When the time comes there will be an expectation and commitment for all accredited clubs to maintain or raise the standards and requirements that make The FA’s kitemark accreditation programme PROUD to be the best.

To view the interim criteria for 2020/21 please download this document:

INTERIM CRITERIA FOR 2020/21

PROUD TO SUPPORT CLUBS AND LEAGUES GET UP TO THE STANDARD


Club accreditation

There are two different entry levels for The FA Charter Standard club accreditation:

• The FA Charter Standard Youth
• The FA Charter Standard Adult

Advanced levels are for clubs who offer more playing opportunities, look to grow participation, involve a variety of different people and offer different formats for male, female and disability players in their football environments:

• The FA Charter Standard Development is aimed at clubs who are enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering
• The FA Charter Standard Community acknowledges the most advanced level of club development and football provision

Clubs who achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation are challenged to maintain high standards and, where appropriate, to improve and progress to new levels. Clubs that work in partnership can be linked and recognised to achieve the development or community club levels of accreditation

League accreditation


There is only one level of accreditation that grassroots leagues can achieve:

• The FA Charter Standard League accreditation

The accreditation makes a positive difference to the way clubs and leagues are run and to people’s enjoyment of football. The FA aims to support all grassroots clubs and leagues to become FA Charter Standard accredited through our network of County FA’s.

Clubs and leagues work in partnership with County FAs to meet the criteria to achieve accreditation. 

MAKE YOUR CLUB OR LEAGUE PROUD TO ACHIEVE THE FA CHARTER STANDARD ACCREDITATION 

If you’re interested in achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation, or just want to find out more, let’s have a conversation. Please contact info@shropshirefa.com and a member of the team will be happy to help.

You can also visit our other relevant links to find out more about The FA Charter Standard programme.

*Any club affiliated to a County FA that play in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply. Clubs must have at least one team playing within an FA sanctioned league.

**Any league sanctioned to a County FA that are the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply.


CHARTER STANDARD GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

ANSWERS TO YOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CHARTER STANDARD FAQ's

Any club affiliated to a County FA that play in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply. Clubs must have at least one team playing within an FA sanctioned league.

Any league sanctioned to a County FA that are the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply.

Clubs or leagues should contact their local County FA. Clubs and leagues can expect the support they need to understand what it takes for clubs and leagues to become accredited and assistance with relevant information, guidance and documentation

It’s FREE. The FA and County FA’s do not charge to become accredited. Clubs and leagues receive benefits and incentives to achieve, maintain and progress their accreditation.

Currently clubs complete an annual health check via The FA’s Whole Game System every season from September however for the 2020/21 season the Annual Health Check is suspended. Leagues are asked to renew their accreditation every three years whilst reviewing their development plan with their local County FA’s development team

Leagues and clubs achieving The FA Charter Standard accreditation can be PROUD to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football within their football community.

They demonstrate positive football environments where people experience their football in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.

Whether you are male, female or have a disability, individuals including players, officials, spectators, referees and volunteers feel part of a team thanks to league and club accreditation as they aim to provide FOOTBALL FOR ALL.

For becoming The FA Charter Standard accredited, leagues and clubs receive access to benefits that help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters.

Both accredited leagues and clubs experience benefits, the level of which depends on the level of accreditation for clubs. These include:

Attracting and retaining players, supporters and volunteers through providing safe, fun and inclusive environments for all to experience and enjoy
Funding for football equipment
Access to promotional resources and guidance
Tailored support from The FA and County FAs
Support and resources are available to accredited leagues and clubs help them achieve their ambitions including but not limited to:

Raising standards across the game
Creating positive match day environments
Establishing player pathways for continued participation, placing the player at the centre of all they do
Understanding the role they play in their football community
Becoming a sustainable and financially efficient organisations

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 precise criteria to become an FA Charter Standard League is identified as part of your Shropshire 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 Shropshire 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.

 The following rewards are available for accredited leagues and clubs from the 2020/21 season.

Clubs

Certification
Football Equipment
Access to promotional resources and guidance
Tailored support from The FA where applicable

Leagues

Certification
Football Equipment
Access to promotional resources and guidance
Tailored support from The FA where applicable

New Clubs will receive:

Adult - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs 
Youth - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
Development - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
Community - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

Existing Clubs will receive:

Adult - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
Youth - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
Development - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
Community - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

New and existing leagues will receive:

Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, access to redeem a kit & equipment package

Get in Touch

Darren Beech
Senior Football Participation Manager

Phone: 01743 362769Option 2
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

Email:
Darren.Beech@shropshirefa.com

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