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, supporting the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding 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 qualifed coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of The FA's Respect Programme as par of their game.
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.
COVID-19 has impacted on The FA's and Gloucestershire 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 the following document.
The FA Charter Standard Interim Criteria 2020/21
Proud to support clubs and leagues get up to standard
There are two different entry levels for The FA Charter Standard club accreditation:
- FA Charter Standard Youth
- 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:
- 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 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.
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 leagus are run and to people’s enjoyment of football. The FA aims to support all grassroots clubs and leagues to reach Charter Standard status through our network of County FA’s.
Clubs and leagues work in partnership with Gloucestershire FA 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, contact Support@Gloucestershirefa.com and let's have a conversation.
See the FAQs at the bottom of the page 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.