Charter Standard League

The Charter Standard League 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 and the review and on-going development of a league development plan, as part of an annual health check process.

What are the benefits of Charter Standard status for Leagues?
 
By signing up to working towards Charter Standard League status, Leagues will be demonstrating that they are willing to work towards a minimum operating standard and to raising standards, and addressing poor behaviour within the League and member Clubs by encouraging them to gain FA Charter Standard Club status as part of the FA Charter Standard League criteria. Leagues will also be demonstrating, by reviewing what they do well, what they want to do better and by identifying how they can improve. Leagues will also be demonstrating that they are committed to developing better players and investing in the workforce.

The Programme helps to:

• Target investment
• Deliver an improved service and support structure to leagues
• Improve communication with leagues
• Ensure succession planning within leagues
• Rationalise existing league structures
• Help implement the principles of Long Term Player Development
• Grow football for underrepresented groups
• Improve efficiency and sustainability of leagues
• Deliver on the Respect Programme

Charter Standard League Criteria 

The criteria for the Programme are divided into 6 development areas, reflecting the approach of the National Game Strategy:

1. Growth and Retention
2. Raising Standards and Addressing Behaviour
3. Better Players
4. Running the Game
5. Workforce Development
6. All Goals and Enablers

Benefits to Leagues

By signing up to working towards Charter Standard League status, leagues will be demonstrating that they are willing to work towards a minimum operating standard and to raising standards and addressing poor behaviour within the league and member clubs by encouraging teams to gain Charter Standard Club status as part of the Charter Standard League criteria. Leagues will also be demonstrating, by reviewing what they do well, what they want to do better and by identifying how they can improve, that they are committed to developing better players and to investing in the workforce.

The benefits of achieving Charter Standard League status, are that leagues will have a clear development plan in place, together with an agreed support package with their County FA. Charter Standard Leagues will also be demonstrating that they are committed to the Respect programme and will have procedures in place to improve standards and address poor behaviour in the game, a key priority for all those involved in Football. Leagues will also gain recognition that they are committed to a quality experience for all and that they are a well run league.

If you are looking to clarify your leagues purpose, raise standards in your league, use the huge influence of your league to affect change at grass roots level - then Charter Standard League is for you.

To get involved contact email Oxfordshire FA  or phone 01993 778586.

The support resources for the Charter Standard League Programme can be accessed below.

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