Charter Standard

Charter Standard League

Raising standards across grassroots football

The FA Charter Standard programme assesses the ability of leagues to provide a high-quality, safe and enjoyable football experience against a standard set of criteria. 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, The FA Charter Standard 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 a lot of hard work by members of the League committee, the OYFL achieved League Charter Standard status in 2012, but what does this mean to the Oxfordshire Youth Football League?

  • The League has in place a Development Plan (LDP) showcasing a clear set of actions that will make a practical difference to the league at grassroots, and the progress of their member clubs and players within it.
  • Improved sustainability for the league.
  • The league will become more attractive to clubs as research shows FA Charter Standard leagues grow their team numbers.
  • Greater investment from County FA and sponsors.

IMPORTANT: From the 2021-22 season, all current member clubs must be Charter Standard or very close to achieving it (as verified by their County FA). All new clubs entering the League must either be Charter Standard or commit to achieving the standard by the end of the season in which they enter.
COVID UPDATE: Due to the on-going COVID pandemic, face-to-face courses have been cancelled and the FA have introduced some interim criteria for clubs to enable them to attain Charter Standard status. Details can be found at:
Charter Standard

Achieving Charter Standard - Club Resources

For more information and resources visit the FA Charter Standard page .

The Oxfordshire Youth Football League has approximately 85% of its member teams at CS level and we are supporting the remaing 15% to help them achieve this. Clubs who wish to attain Charter Standard status should contact the League Secretary for further information, or contact their County FA development team.

In order to help clubs achieve Charter Standard status, we have developed a resource pack with the help of County FAs. This pack includes a CS criteria checklist (correct as of October 2018), useful templates for standard policies, links to downloads and guidance on steps to take and where to obtain further information.

You can download the entire CS pack in zipfile format, or download the individual files as required. In addition, visit the County FA page to find links to local CFA sites, including lists of coaching courses.

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