101 Reasons it Pays to Affiliate our Clubs & Leagues to the FA

The Benefits of League Affiliation
 Recognition from the players that the competition is taking place under the auspices of the
National Governing Body for Football. This will assist in the promotion and recruitment of
Teams and Officials
 If the competition is affiliated to a County Football Association it will be subject to the FA’s
Disciplinary processes. These will provide an additional safeguard to players and officials
 Access to FA Qualified Referees. FA Qualified Referees are only permitted to officiate in
affiliated football and any insurance they carry is not applicable in unaffiliated competitions
 Only affiliated competitions are in a position to recruit additional referees through running
the FA Small Sided Referees Qualification
 Affiliated competitions have the opportunity to post their results on ‘Full Time’ at
www.TheFA.com – the Football Association’s official website
 Access to The FA Small Sided Football Fund and Small Sided Football Accreditation Scheme
 Access to funding for IT equipment
The Benefits of Club Affiliation
It can be a daunting task to set up a new football club, but help is at hand to support you through
the process of getting up and running.
It is through affiliation that the family of football is brought together and correct standards and
discipline are maintained.
Affiliation acts as a quality assurance and as a safety net to help protect players, clubs, officials and
administrators throughout the game. Benefits include:
 Being legally affiliated to the Amateur Football Alliance (AFA)
 Contacts with all local leagues, clubs and players
 Promotion via our website and links
 Eligibility to compete in County FA competitions (e.g. County Cups)
 Discipline, Fair Play and Respect
 Funding Opportunities
 Access to advice from County FA staff plus FA regional development, coaching and facilities
 Access to purchase public liability and personal injury insurance for your club, team and
 Access to The FA welfare programme
 Access to County FA and FA communications, including your chance to help shape future
 Access to qualified referees for your matches
 Opportunities to participate in FA football development schemes such as Charter Standard
Awards (this provides even further benefits)
 Access to player and coaching development opportunities
Football Development Services
Football Development is one of the most important aspects within the game. At the AFA we have a
Development Team that aims to develop the game in every way. Here is an introduction to some of the
areas of our work:
Improving your Facilities
Assisting you secure grant aid from the Football Foundation and a wide range of other sources including
Goalpost Replacement.
Coach Development
Assist you to find coaches to coach your sides
Organising Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3, Goalkeeping and Futsal Coaching Courses
Organising FA Age Appropriate Modules and FA Skills Team Events
Planning specific coaching sessions for your players
Medical Education
Training people to obtain Emergency Aid qualifications and Sports Injury qualifications
Helping you recruit new volunteers & training your existing volunteers
Safeguarding Children
Organising Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshops
Providing Safeguarding Children advice and support
Women’s & Girls
Assistance with setting up or linking with a Women’s & Girls section
Assistance and Support with setting up a Disability section
Helping you set up a Youth Section in your club
Helping your club adopt a Youth Team
Promoting and running coaching courses for young adults at your club
Running mini-soccer festivals at your club
Helping you set up mini-soccer at your club
Helping you adopt mini-soccer
Resource and Information Centre
Providing a library with information about any aspect of football
Loaning you coaching and training resources
FA Charter Standard
Helping adult clubs to become FA Charter Standard Clubs
Helping youth clubs become FA Charter Standard Clubs
Organising Charter Standard In Service events
Website and social media: informing you about all the latest AFA initiatives
Work with your club to promote the FA Respect Programme