Open Age Football

Open Age

Safeguarding in open age football (Adults)

SafeguardingThe FA has contacted open-age adult football clubs and leagues across the country to support them in fully understanding their safeguarding responsibilities for under-18s, and adults in disability teams.

Every open-age adult club is required to ensure the safeguarding of any 16 to 18-year-olds involved with them. In addition where there are adult disability teams, they are required to promote safeguarding adults, across every aspect of the club.

Details of the requirements at each level of the game can be found in documents below. Many clubs will already meet these requirements, particularly those who also offer youth football where similar requirements have been enforced for some time. Guidance is also there for leagues.

Our staff and Board are here to help

As a County FA we are committed to creating safe and enjoyable football for all.

We here to support all of our adult clubs and leagues, not just youth clubs and leagues,  to ensure that requirements are met and can help you with any questions you may have in terms of safeguarding.

For further information and assistance please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer by email or calling Nigel Saverton on 01993 778586, option 5


If you're aged 16 or 17 and playing in open aged football The FA have created this simple guidance document to help you understand your rights.