FA Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard Clubs programme, supported by FA Community Partner McDonald's, was launched in February 2001 and is a core component of The FA Football Development programme. The project is aimed at all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League, helping players, children and parents to find a club in their local area that meets FA standards.

Charter Standard is recognised as a kite mark within Grassroots Football and is regarded as a statement of quality. The FA have set down criteria which needs to be met by clubs in order for them to be recognised as an FA Charter Standard Club.

The Criteria for charter status includes: -

  • A club constitution, regular meetings which are minuted including an AGM
  • FA CRC checked volunteers, coaches and a Club Welfare Officer
  • Qualified coaches to have a minimum of FA Level 1 Coaching Course
  • Commitment to attend in-service training
  • Acceptance and promotion of Codes of Conduct and RESPECT programme
  • Policies such as Safeguarding Children, Equality, Club Complaints procedure and Volunteer Recruitment
  • Commitment to provide Football opportunities for all 
  • School club links and exit routes for players into the adult game
  • Database of all club members with contact details and a personal training record
  • Audited accounts and public liability insurance cover


Being a charter status club gives clubs a number of opportunities and helps the Club when applying for funding and support for future growth. There are four categories of achievement;

Clubs must renew their Charter Standard Status every year via the Annual Health Check before 31st March every year to ensure they continue to receive the benefits.


Tangible benefits:

  • Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme to receive one free Nike team kit each season 2014-18 for U7s to U16s 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)

Intangible benefits:

  • 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 ‘Three Lions’ FA crest on its marketing and business materials.

For further information about the Charter Standard programme contact Raising Standards Officer Richard Drake 01462 650215 richard.drake@hertfordshirefa.com

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