England football accredition

England Football Accreditation

The beating heart of it

england football accredited

The beating heart of it

England football accreditied

England Football Accredited is THE ACE OF CLUBS

Take the lead. Set the tempo. Raise the roof.

England Football Accredited Leagues and England Football Accredited Clubs set the standards, raise the bar and fly the flag of respect and diversity for football in England. 

Being Accredited helps you attract players, coaches, and volunteers - with tailored support to build the strong, sustainable, successful league or club you want to be. 

England Football Accredited Leagues and England Football Accredited Clubs lead the game by example. They’re safer, stronger, more effective and more enjoyable places to play and enjoy football. 

When you’re Accredited you’re not just part of it, you’re the beating heart of it.

Existing FA Charter Standard Leagues and Clubs will automatically become an England Football Accredited League or England Football Accredited Club.

Over the coming months, in partnership with The FA, we will prepare you for the opportunities ahead.

Check back here for more information from June 2021.

 

Interim FA Charter Standard club accreditation criteria 2020/21

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 

Club Accreditation

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.

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 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.

Get In Touch

Football Development Officer

Scott Milne

01454 615888

Support@GloucestershireFA.com

 

Find out what it takes to meet the standard

The FA Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard built to last, apply today

useful documents

Take a look at the documents below

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

 

There is a minimum criteria for all clubs with some additional criteria specific to clubs with youth teams and clubs with adult teams.

On-pitch we look for the relevant individuals to hold certain qualifications to ensure they are educated, equipped and empowered to make the training and match day environment a great one.

Off-pitch we ask clubs to have relevant policies and documents in place to ensure they are structured correctly and built to last. FA templates of these policies and documents are available to adopt.

Higher levels of club accreditation are achievable for clubs who have the ambitions to provide more playing opportunities to more people. Clubs who achieve Development or Community club accreditation are given access to greater levels of support, benefits and equipment.

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What criteria should leagues meet?

There is only one level of accreditation leagues can apply for. The criteria focus on having in place a

  • 3-year development plan,
  • a minimum percentage of your member clubs accredited with ambitions to grow this percentage,
  • implementation of The FA’s Respect Programme,
  • a focused Referee Officer and
  • an active link with other leagues to support players to find relevant places to continue playing their football.

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.

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