Charter Standard

Clubs and leagues are the heartbeat of football in this Country. That is why The FA Charter Standard clubs and league 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 behaviour

There are four levels of Club 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 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.

Charter Standard Leagues

Charter Standard is The FA's kitemark award for leagues that have made a commitment to raising the standard of grassroots football.

To achieve Charter Standard status leagues must meet the following criteria:

  • 60% of all teams in the league must be FA Charter Standard Clubs, which must rise to 100per cent within two years of the league achieving Charter Standard status
  • The league must impliment a development plan that reflects the needs of its member clubs and teams
  • The league must use an internet-based system for results, fixtures and league tables, preferably this will be The FA's Full Time system
  • Divisions in youth leagues will contain no more than 12 teams

In addition, new clubs joining a Charter Standard League will have one year to become a Charter Standard Clubs.

Benefits of Charter Standard


  • Receive one free Nike playing kit each season (Clubs with youth teams only)
  • Free Nike matchballs
  • Prioritised FA support with funding applications
  • Potential access to the FA Coach Mentor scheme
  • Having a suitable & sustainable club structure with supporting policies & procedures in place
  • Access to free workshops and webinars
  • Bespoke officer support
  • Access to discounted rates at @Futsal Arena in Swindon
  • Use of FA Charter Standard logos and Respect resources


  • Charter Standard Leagues will have access to League Development forums per season with access to FA National Staff where possible.
  • WCFA officer support with funding opportunities, league initiatives and 6 monthly League Development Plan Reviews
  • Leagues can consult with their member clubs to organise WCFA In Service workshops with topics from a menu that are beneficial for both the League and member clubs.
  • Organising of FDO support days for the Charter Standard Annual Health Check process in partnership with your League
  • Use of FA Charter Standard logos and Respect resources

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.

FA Charter Standard Club Health Check

All clubs that achieve FA Charter Standard accreditation on or prior to June 30th of any year will then need to complete the Annual Health Check process the following season. For example a club that achieved Charter Standard on June 30th 2015 will then need to complete the Health Check process during the 2015-16 season by satisfying all FA Charter Standard criteria.

To complete the process clubs need to do so through the FA's Whole Game System by clicking the following link logging in using their 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, see image below:

 AHC 1

You can take yourself through a walk through guide of how to complete the process by clicking on the guide, see image below.


The Annual Health Check window opens on 14th December 2015. The window will close on March 31st 2016 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 or call the County FA offices on 01793 486047 between 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday.

In Service Workshops

The Wiltshire 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 In Service workshops.


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