- 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.