The FA Charter Standard Programme supported by McDonald’s
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.
PROUD TO SUPPORT CLUBS AND LEAGUES GET UP TO THE STANDARD
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
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 contact Lewis Qualtrough via Lewis.Qualtrough@Isleofmanfa.com
To view the criteria or the interim criteria documents for 2020-21 please download these document's below.
Any club can apply for FA CS status, even a one-team club – provided the club is affiliated to the Isle of Man FA.
The criteria are challenging, but attainable for every club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs are given an annual ‘health check’ to ensure the standards of provision are being maintained.
What is the criteria to achieve The FA CS League award?
The base criteria for a league wanting to achieve The FA Charter Standard League award are:
Evidence of how the league plans to retain/grow the number of male, female and disability teams (mini-soccer, small sided and 11v11) as appropriate
At least 60% of teams in the league have Charter Standard Club status, working towards 100% within two seasons
The league has an equality policy and complaints procedure that adheres to The FA equality policy and complaints procedure template
The league has a safeguarding children policy and procedures that adheres to FA requirements (youth leagues only)
The Youth League Welfare Officer and Charter Standard League Co-ordinator sit on the league committee
The league has a web-based administration system for results, tables and fixtures. FULL-TIME is recommended for this purpose but it isn’t mandatory
The league has a development plan that identifies key development objectives and targets linked to the National Game Strategy key goals and enablers
As part of the benefits each Charter Standard League is eligible for two tickets to The FA Community Shield courtesy of McDonald's.
FA Charter Standard League primarily offers leagues a process to raise standards within leagues and a practical means to deliver initiatives in line with the needs of member clubs. The base criteria ensures that clubs within these leagues are consistent in delivering Respect, have a minimum Level 1 qualified coach with every team (Mini Soccer and youth football only), and have a qualified first aider. However for most leagues this is just the foundation on which they then build significant positive change and initiatives through the implementation of a league development plan.
The league development plan should be a clear set of actions that will make a practical difference to the operation of the league and the progress of the clubs/teams and players within it.
If you are looking to clarify your leagues purpose, raise standards in your league, use the huge influence of your league to affect change at grass roots level- then FA Charter Standard League is for you.
How does a club apply for the FA Charter Standard accreditation?
To apply, clubs must complete an application form and return it to the Isle of Man FA with the requested supporting evidence. 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, we will forward your application to The FA for awarding. If your club does not meet the criteria, we will provide you with an action plan and advice.
The accreditation lasts for one season and will be renewed each year as part of the club re-affiliation process. The accreditation 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.
What criteria must be satisfied to achieve the entry-level club award?
Having an FA-trained Club Welfare Officer
An FA Level 1 coach for each youth team (U18 and below)
Criminal Record Checks (CRC) for all volunteers involved in youth football teams
FA Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team
Sign-up to and deliver The FA’s Respect programme
Appropriate administration governance in place – in relation to the club’s size
An FA Charter Standard Co-ordinator recruited for each club.
Additional Adult Club criteria:
To be formerly constituted
Require a set of recent Committee meeting minutes
Have at least one team playing in an FA-sanctioned league
Have a bank account in the club’s name
Provide a balance sheet and profit and loss account
Have a Club equality Policy
Link to a feeder club for players
A good disciplinary record
A first aider with every team.
Additional Development Club criteria:
A minimum of five teams covering at least four different age groups
A Football Development Plan for three to five years
At least one Level 2 coach coaching one of the teams
At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Award Module 1, coaching one of the teams.
Additional Community Club criteria:
A minimum of ten teams covering mini-soccer, youth and adult football
Has a minimum of one male and female team
At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Module 2 coaching one of the teams
One person who has attended the FA Mentoring Adults course.
Benefits of becoming an FA Charter Standard club?
The benefits are many and varied. Some are tangible and some intangible, but no less valuable.
Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit each season 2014-18 for under-7 to under-16 teams (see section 4 of this booklet)
Free tickets (upon application) for England youth and women’s internationals
Invitations to local in-service events
Access to administrative support sessions
Support with funding applications
New FA Charter Standard clubs also receive:
An official FA plaque and certificate
Resources to help promote the club
£100 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Youth and Adult Clubs)
£150 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Development Clubs)
£200 worth of official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Community Clubs)
Opportunity to become Nike Partner Club (FA Charter Standard Development and Community Clubs)
Overall, FA Charter Standard status is a clear demonstration to all parents, sponsors and the public, that a club (or league):
Is well-organised, safe and offers opportunities for all
Has FA-qualified coaches as standard
Adheres to FA Respect Policies and Codes of Conduct
Prioritises Child Welfare
Maintains appropriate levels of discipline
Has access to the County FA and FA regional workforces
Can use the coveted FA ‘Three Lions’ FA crest on its marketing and business materials
How do leagues register an interest in becoming Charter Standard?
Leagues interested in attaining the FA Charter Standard status should register their interest by completing the FA Charter Standard League registration form and sending it to us.
Once a league has registered, a member of the Isle of Man FA staff will contact the league to confirm how to access the resources and incentives for the programme and to arrange a meeting or invite the league to a workshop with other leagues.
The second step is to audit and assess the league against the FA Charter Standard criteria, then work with us on an action plan to achieving the criteria. Once this criteria is achieved, we will approve FA Charter Standard status and organise the official plaque and other benefits. We will then work with the league on continuous development and the health check.