Charter Standard

The FA Charter Standard League is an accreditation that sets an operational benchmark for FA sanctioned leagues; it was launched in 2009 in partnership with McDonald’s.

Leagues interested in attaining the FA Charter Standard status should register interest by completing the FA Charter Standard League Registration Form and send it to their County FA.

Once a league has registered, a nominated officer from the County FA should 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 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
• 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 must have a League Referees Officer
• The league must have an active link to another league to support the transition of players and improve partnership working
• 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

The second step is to audit and assess the league against the FA Charter Standard criteria, then work with the county on an action plan to achieving the criteria. Once this criteria is achieved, the county will approve FA Charter Standard status and organise the official plaque and other benefits. The county will then work with the league on continuous development and the health check.

Benefits of becoming a Charter Standard League can be found in the Criteria for FA Charter Standard Leagues. As part of the benefits each Charter Standard League is eligible for two tickets to The FA Community Shield courtesy of McDonald's.

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. To find out more about FA Charter Standard League contact your County FA and ask for The FA Charter Standard League lead officer.

For further information about Charter Standard accreditation please contact Development:

T: 01903 766855

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