Charter Standard

The Football Association’s Charter Standard programme is an accreditation scheme for grassroots leagues and clubs. 
Supported by McDonald’s, it launched in 2001 with the goal of raising standards in amateur football, aiding the development of leagues and clubs and recognising and rewarding them for their commitments and achievements. 

There Are Three Levels of FA Charter Standard Awards For Clubs:
  1. FA Charter Standard club for youth and adult teams: The entry level accreditation 
  2. FA Charter Standard development club: For teams clearly enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering 
  3. 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 their existing level. For clubs without FA Charter Standard status, the scheme provides aspirational points on its development journey. 

The Benefits of Becoming An FA Charter Standard Club
  • Access to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard kit scheme granting one free Nike team kit each season up until 2018 for under-7 to under-16 sides 
  • Free tickets (on application) for England youth and Women’s internationals 
  • Invitations to local 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 Nike match balls (FA Charter Standard youth and adult clubs) 
  • £150 worth of official FA Nike match balls (FA Charter Standard development clubs) 
  • £200 worth of official FA Nike match balls (FA Charter Standard community clubs) 
  • Opportunity to become Nike Partner Club (FA Charter Standard development and community clubs) 
  • Securing FA Charter Standard club status demonstrates to parents, sponsors and the public that the team is well organised, safe and provides opportunities for all. 
It also confirms the club has FA-qualified coaches as standard and adheres to FA Respect policies and codes of conduct and prioritises child welfare as well as appropriate levels of discipline. 

Charter Standard status also gives clubs access to County FA and FA regional workforces and allows them to use the FA crest on its marketing and business materials. 

For more information, please contact Luke Bowles on 0121 357 4278 (Extension. 214) or email: