England Football Accreditation

England Football Accredited League

Raising standards across grassroots football

The FA Charter Standard programme has been assessing the ability of leagues to provide a high-quality, safe and enjoyable football experience against a standard set of criteria for the last 12 years (20 years in the case of clubs). It also encourage leagues to continuously develop through on-going support from County FA staff, as well as review and progress a league development plan.

With this in mind, accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues adjudged to be well run and sustainable, and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.

After 20 years of running Charter Standard, the FA have updated the programme in order to remain fit for purpose, and has been re-branded as England Football Accreditation starting in 2021.

IMPORTANT: From the 2021-22 season, all current member clubs must be England Football Accredited (previously Charter Standard) or very close to achieving it (as verified by their County FA). All new clubs entering the League must either be England Football Accredited (previously Charter Standard) or commit to achieving the standard by the end of the season in which they enter.
England Football Accredited League

Achieving England Football Accreditation - Club Resources


For more information and resources visit the England Football information pages .

All clubs that have Charter Standard status (Youth Club, Adult Club, Development Club or Community Club) will be moved to the new system automatically, and will be called an England Football Accredited Club, with new levels, consisting of One Star, Two Stars and Three Stars, depending on what they offer on and off the pitch, particularly on player pathways. Approximately 93% of our member teams are now England Football Accredited Clubs and we are working with County FAs to support the remaing 7% to help them achieve this.

Once the new criteria has been confirmed by the FA, we will endeavour to make resources available for new clubs.

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