Charter Standard

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

The FA Charter Standard Programme provides recognition that clubs are well run and sustainable, with safeguarding and safety paramount. It also recognises a club's commitment to coaching, player and coach development, and the raising of standards of behaviour in the game - all of which are big priorities for both the County FA and The FA.


FA Charter Standard aims to:

  • Provide a nationally recognised quality control 'kitemark'
  • Improve the quality of provision for everyone
  • Sustain participation for players for a longer time
  • Raise standards & address abusive behaviour


There are four levels of FA Charter Standard:

  • Charter Standard Club
  • Charter Standard Adult Club
  • Charter Standard Development Club
  • Charter Standard Community Club

Each Level depends upon the size, type and ambition of the club



  • Receive one free playing kit every season (Youth football only)
  • Free Nike matchballs
  • Prioritised F.A support with funding applications
  • Access to the F.A Coach Mentor scheme


Charter Standard Annual Health Check

Each year clubs must complete an annual health check to ensure they still meet the Charter Standard criteria.

Remember - In previous years, the Annual Health Check process has begun in November with a final deadline of March 31st. This is no longer the case.

The Annual Health Check process now runs from September 1st with clubs having until December 31st to complete. 

To complete the AHC via Whole Game SystemLog in using your FAN number and password. Four club members can access and complete the Annual Health Check, they are the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and named Charter Standard Coordinator. Once logged into Whole Game System you need to click the 'CS Annual Health Check' tab. A support video is available within the portal to guide you through the process if necessary.

Any clubs failing to complete their AHC within this timescale will have their Charter Standard status suspended. Clubs will then have until January 31st to resolve any issues, after which time their Charter Standard status will lapse and a new application would have to be made.


For More Info & To Apply for Charter Standard

If you have any queries about your AHC, would like to apply for Charter Standard status or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Football Development department on 0113 2821222

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