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England Football Accreditation

Take the lead. Set the tempo. Raise the roof.

England Football Accredited Leagues and England Football Accredited Clubs set the standards, raise the bar and fly the flag of respect and diversity for football in England. 

Being Accredited helps you attract players, coaches, and volunteers - with tailored support to build the strong, sustainable, successful league or club you want to be. 

England Football Accredited Leagues and England Football Accredited Clubs lead the game by example. They’re safer, stronger, more effective and more enjoyable places to play and enjoy football.

When you’re Accredited you’re not just part of it, you’re the beating heart of it.

Existing FA Charter Standard Leagues and Clubs will automatically become an England Football Accredited League or England Football Accredited Club. 

Over the coming months, in partnership with The FA, we will prepare you for the opportunities ahead.

Check back here for more information from June 2021.

 

Get In Touch

David Carpenter

By Phone: 01626 323562

By Email: david.carpenter@devonfa.com

FAQs

Any club affiliated to a County FA that play in the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply. Clubs must have at least one team playing within an FA sanctioned league.

Currently clubs complete an annual health check via The FA’s Whole Game System every season from September however for the 2020/21 season the Annual Health Check is suspended. Leagues are asked to renew their accreditation every three years whilst reviewing their development plan with their local County FA’s development team.

  • Adult - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Youth - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Development - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Community - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

There is a minimum criteria for all clubs with some additional criteria specific to clubs with youth teams and clubs with adult teams.

On-pitch we look for the relevant individuals to hold certain qualifications to ensure they are educated, equipped and empowered to make the training and match day environment a great one.

Off-pitch we ask clubs to have relevant policies and documents in place to ensure they are structured correctly and built to last. FA templates of these policies and documents are available to adopt.

Higher levels of club accreditation are achievable for clubs who have the ambitions to provide more playing opportunities to more people. Clubs who achieve Development or Community club accreditation are given access to greater levels of support, benefits and equipment.


Clubs which achieve FA Charter Standard status can be proud to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football. They are able to demonstrate they offer positive football environments where people can develop their skills, keep fit and enjoy playing as part of a friendly, inclusive community.

 

FA Charter Standard clubs receive access to benefits that will help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters. The level of support and resources you receive will depend on the level of accreditation a club achieves. Benefits clubs experience include:

 

-           Attract and retain players, supporters and volunteers

-           Funding for football equipment

-           Access to promotional resources and guidance

-           Tailored support from The FA and County FAs

 

 

The FA, County FA and associated partners offer a number of additional benefits to those above so speak to us today to find out more
It’s FREE. The FA and County FA’s do not charge to become accredited. Clubs and leagues receive benefits and incentives to achieve, maintain and progress their accreditation.

Any league sanctioned to a County FA that are the National League System and below, likewise for women’s clubs that play outside the Women’s Super League (BARCLAYS FA WSL) and Women’s Championship (FA WC), tier 3 and below, can apply.

There is only one level of accreditation leagues can apply for. The criteria focus on having in place a 3-year development plan, a minimum percentage of your member clubs accredited with ambitions to grow this percentage, implementation of The FA’s Respect Programme, a focused Referee Officer and an active link with other leagues to support players to find relevant places to continue playing their football.

A full criteria can be found in the above related documents section of the page.

The following rewards are available for accredited leagues and clubs from the 2020/21 season.

Clubs

  • Certification
  • Football Equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA where applicable

Leagues

  • Certification
  • Football Equipment
  • Access to promotional resources and guidance
  • Tailored support from The FA where applicable

New Clubs will receive:

  • Adult - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Youth - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Development - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Community - Digital welcome pack, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

Existing Clubs will receive:

  • Adult - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Youth - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs
  • Development - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package
  • Community - Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, Nike Strike footballs & access to redeem a kit & equipment package

New and existing leagues will receive:

Digital certificate, digital promotional assets, access to redeem a kit & equipment package

Clubs or leagues should contact their local County FA. Clubs and leagues can expect the support they need to understand what it takes for clubs and leagues to become accredited and assistance with relevant information, guidance and documentation.