Youth Football Glos

Safeguarding U18s in open-age football

To play or train with an open-age team, players must be 16 years of age or older.

Playing open-age football is a great challenge for young players, offering them the chance to develop and progress as they take their first steps into senior football.

If your team has 16- or 17-year-old players registered then there are additional safeguarding measures you must undertake (see below)

For more information about DBS checks and safer recruitment of volunteers, please click here.

Safeguarding U18s in open-age football

help to keep your young players safe

Player Welfare

Player Welfare in Open-Age Football

Take the free online course to help your players with wide range of issues.
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Make sure all managers, coaches, first aiders and physios are assigned to the correct teams.
Know your rights

Know Your Rights

Essential information for 16- and 17-year-olds within open-age football.

Safeguarding issues and concerns

You should report all safeguarding concerns to your Club or County Welfare Officer:

Gemma Szakacs
GFA Designated Safeguarding Officer

Emergency Out of Hours: 07960 500 130

FA / NSPCC 24 hour Hotline number: 0808 800 5000

The FA Safeguarding Team E-mail:

Please remember that if a child or young person is in immediate danger, ALWAYS call 999.