As part of the safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check (CRC). Eligibility is governed by legislation and government guidance.
In brief this means, anyone aged 16 years or over who undertakes any unsupervised roles with children and young people under the age of 18. These activities include managing, training, coaching and supervising as well as giving advice or guidance on well-being, caring for children or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or organisation.
In youth football all coaches and managers must hold a current, FA accepted check. This is part of the affiliation criteria for youth football and forms part of our annual health check and is a pre-requisite of The FA Charter Standard marque that we proudly hold.