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All you need to know about club affiliation


We have moved over to offer a membership package rather than just affiliation for clubs.

As time moves on then the benefits we can look to offer direct from ourselves and/or our partners will grow. The main benefit remains that as part of your annual sign up, you will buy a level of personal accident insurance for each team in your club. The package continues to provide public liability cover also for clubs playing up to Step 4 of the National League System.

This means that you don’t have to go looking or fill in forms for insurers and then upload a copy as part of your application. We have negotiated a discount on the premium by buying a group policy where all you do is complete your annual application and the insurance is there and included in your membership fee. 

Clubs can, and depending on your league, might require additional cover which is possible but has to be done separately with Bluefin as they are licensed to sell individual covers – but that additional fee will already have taken into account the discounted price from the group policy.

Team Personal Accident Insurance

Since 2017 it has been mandatory for all teams to have personal accident insurance cover.

Our group policy provides a level of cover just above the basic requirements but doesn’t include a weekly pay out for any injury but that can be acquired as mentioned above.

We did intend to increase the cover from 2020 but due to the pandemic we didn’t want to put a greater financial strain on every team.

Player Registration

From 2021, it will be mandatory for all players to be registered through the FA administration system (currently known as Whole Game System /WGS).

Each player will also be required to have their own individual email address attached to their record.

It will no longer be acceptable for a club official to use their club email for any of the players. It not only provides clubs with a record of their members and contact details, but also a lot of club members have said they never hear from us despite communication we send out.

People will be required to “OPT-IN” to get commercial opportunities so don’t worry that you will be inundated as soon as you register. 

This is an opportunity to allow us to get communications, offers, notices of events out direct to them without filling up the club secretary inboxes. It is hoped that in the not too far distant future, that players will then be able to log in and pay their own fines.

Committee Safeguarding Training

In order for a club with youth teams to able to complete membership for the season, the following committee members must have completed the online safeguarding training:

Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, & Welfare Officer

It is encouraged that all committee members should consider taking the course to increase their safeguarding knowledge.

All Committee members of Youth Leagues are also required to take the course.

Access to the course is here 

It takes approximately 40 minutes to complete, your Club Welfare Officer has been made aware of this training and will be able to support you.


Below are some documents you need to read relating to insurance and how to access the safeguarding course online. Please ensure you read them.

National Game Insurance Scheme - Adult Football 2020

National Game Insurance Scheme - Youth Football 2020

National Game Insurance Scheme - Walking Football 2020

National Game Insurance Scheme - Referees Policy Wording 2020

National Game Insurance Scheme - Policy Wording 2020

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