Criteria include:

Having an FA-trained Club Welfare Officer

An FA Level 1 coach for each youth team (U18 and below)

Criminal Record Checks (CRC) for all volunteers involved in youth football teams

FA Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team

Sign-up to and deliver The FA’s Respect programme

Appropriate administration governance in place – in relation to the club’s size

An FA Charter Standard Co-ordinator recruited for each club.

Additional Adult Club criteria:

To be formerly constituted

Require a set of recent Committee meeting minutes

Have at least one team playing in an FA-sanctioned league

Have a bank account in the club’s name

Provide a balance sheet and profit and loss account

Have a Club equality Policy

Link to a feeder club for players

A good disciplinary record

A first aider with every team.

Additional Development Club criteria:

A minimum of five teams covering at least four different age groups

A Football Development Plan for three to five years

At least one Level 2 coach coaching one of the teams

At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Award Module 1, coaching one of the teams.

Additional Community Club criteria:

A minimum of ten teams covering mini-soccer, youth and adult football

Has a minimum of one male and female team

At least one coach who has attended the FA Youth Module 2 coaching one of the teams

One person who has attended the FA Mentoring Adults course.