The FA Charter Standard scheme is a core part of the FA’s National Game Strategy.
To become Charter Standard, clubs have to demonstrate their commitment to coaching, player and coach development, raising the standards of behaviour within football, and showing that the club is well organised and sustainable.
There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs:
- FA Charter Standard Club for youth and adult clubs: the entry-level accreditation
- FA Charter Standard Development Club: for clubs clearly enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering
- 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 that level. For clubs without FA Charter Standard status, the scheme provides aspirational points on its development journey.
There is only one accreditation level for leagues: FA Charter Standard League. The FA Charter Standard League is an accreditation that sets an operational benchmark for FA sanctioned leagues; it was launched in 2009 in partnership with McDonald’s.
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.