FA Charter

What it means to have FA Charter Status:

The FA Charter Standard Scheme is best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for clubs working with young people. As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all.

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 boys and girls under sixteen years old and will help children and parents find a club in their local area that meets FA standards.


The FA, in conjunction with various bodies, has drawn up the following set of criteria for clubs wishing to reach Charter Standard:

  • A written constitution
  • Self-certified screening of managers, coaches and officials
  • All managers to have minimum of FA Junior Team Managers Award
  • Commitment to attend in-service training
  • Acceptance and promotion of Codes of Conduct
  • Commitment to provide Mini-Soccer opportunities for Under 10’s
  • Commitment to promote schools liaison and equal opportunities for all


Clubs that are successful in achieving the Charter will get access to a range of benefits:

  • Use of Charter Standard Crest Exclusive Regional Workshops Access to Child Protection Training Kit and Equipment Grants National and Regional Awards Subsidies for FA Junior Team Managers and other courses
  • Starter Pack, including posters, Codes of Conduct, Certificates
    First Aid Kit