Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard Programme supported by McDonald’s is The FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues.
Its goal is to raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements.
With this in mind, The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.
There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs:
FA Charter Standard Club for youth and adult clubs: The entry-level accreditation.
FA Charter Standard Development Club: For clubs clearly enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering.
FA Charter Standard Community Club: Acknowledging the most advanced level of club development and football provision.
For clubs who have FA Charter Standard accreditation, the challenge is to progress to the next level or to maintain that level. For clubs without FA Charter Standard status, the scheme provides aspirational points on its development journey.
There is only one accreditation level for leagues: FA Charter Standard League.
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 U7s to U16s teams
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
Official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Youth and Adult Clubs)
Official FA Nike matchballs (FA Charter Standard Development Clubs)
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
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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.