FA Charter Standard

Clubs are the heartbeat of football in this Country. That is why The FA Charter Standard club programme, which raises standards and recognizes and rewards quality, is so important.

FA Charter Standard aims to:

  • Provide a nationally recognized quality control 'kitemark' 
  • Improve the quality of provision for everyone
  • Sustain participation for players for a longer time
  • Raise standards and address abusive behavior

 There are four levels of Charter Standard:

  • Charter Standard Club (Youth)
  • Charter Standard Adult Club
  • Charter Standard Development Club
  • Charter Standard Community Club

Each level depends on the size, type and ambition of the club. There is criteria to meet to achieve each level, to take a look at the criteria please click here.

If you are looking to become a Development or Community club than you must have a development plan in place that covers between 3 and 5 seasons. We have examples and templates available to assist you with writing one of these, please refer to the documents section at the bottom of this page.


Tangible benefits

  • 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.

FA Charter Standard Annual Health Check

The Annual Health Check window opens on September 1st 2017 however clubs can start to access their club section within the Whole Game System. The window will close on February 28th 2018 where clubs will, if they are not yet 'in-progress', will have their accreditation lapse. Those then 'in-progress' will have until June 30th to submit their health check for review. If the criteria is not then satisfied or if the club does not have a reasonable action plan they will risk having their accreditation suspended.

If you have any questions or need any support in achieving Charter Standard or help with the Health Check process please email charterstandard@eastridingfa.com or call the County FA offices on 01482 221158 between 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.

To access all you need to know about this seasons Annual Health Check including walk through guides please click here.

FA Community Awards

The FA Community Awards presented by McDonalds are an annual nomination and award process to recognise and reward people, clubs and leagues that deliver grassroots football in England. Please click here for more information and to take a look at previous award winners.

CPD Workshops

The East Riding County FA develop and deliver a number of free workshops over the duration of the season that are CPD (continual professional development) accredited for FA Licensed Coaches Club members. Any coach with any qualification can attend any of these workshops but CPD accreditation will only be awarded to those coaches that are Licensed Coaches Club members and to the level the workshop is advertised at. Click here for our latest CPD workshops.

Applying for Charter Standard

Below you will find the different Charter Standard applications, please make sure you download and complete the relevant Charter Standard Application form for your club.

      Adult Club Application Form      

      Youth Club Application Form   

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 Development Club Application Form

 Community Club Application Form

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