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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 encourages 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 judged 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 re-branded as England Football Accreditation starting in 2021.
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 make resources available for new clubs.