SETTING UP A CLUB
Before you form a new Club you need to ask:
Are there enough players?
Are there enough volunteers to run the Club?
By following these simple guidelines you should be in a position to have your new club up and running in no time.
Constitution Appointment of Club Officials
Clubs must appoint a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and a club Welfare Officer to enable the Club to function effectively within County FA Rules and Regulations. It is also suggested that other people are appointed to assist. in other areas of the Club coaching etc.
Finance Income and Expenditure to Run the Club
As a new Club it will be important to raise funds to run the Club and initially these will probably be from player memberships and subscriptions. It is also advisable to produce a list of costs to run your team which will help you create a budget of income and expenditure for the season.
Players Registration, Eligibility, Discipline, Child Protection
All discipline at grassroots is administered by the County Football Association and the Secretary of the Club is responsible to ensure that all players are eligible to play. If Clubs have any doubts about eligibilities, for example suspensions, they should contact us for details. For youth teams, it is important to observe The FA Child Protection Policy, Practices and Procedures.Â The Club Welfare Officer is required to attend the FA Safeguarding Children in Football Workshop and complete a CRB check through the FA. See our Course page for further details.
Insurance Public Liability and Personal Accident
Affiliation County Associations & Leagues
A Club will need to affiliate to a parent County Football Association and the appropriate League it wishes to join. Clubs are recommended to seek advice on suitable League membership from the Lincs FA.
Fixtures League & Cup Competitions
Fixtures are administered by the Fixture Secretary. If it is a home match, the Club Secretary must arrange hire of a pitch, notify opponents and match officials of kick-off time and location of venue. For away games, arrange to inform your own team of venue, kick-off time and arrange for transport of players.
Pitches Useful Contacts & Advice
Apply to your Local Authority, other local teams, Parish Council or owner of a private ground to hire a pitch. Please note hire charges will vary.
Kit & Equipment
Purchase suitable equipment prior to the start of your fixtures and ensure you have sufficient equipment for all teams in your Club. The necessary equipment will include, playing strip, first aid kit, nets and balls. Make sure you have a Manager/Coach or other volunteer who is responsible for the equipment.Clubs can access funding towards club equipment through the Football Foundation Junior Kit and Goalpost Safety funding schemes.
Results / Public Relations / Press
Ensure you pass on results of your matches to comply with competition regulations. All clubs are recommended to establish good relationships with their local press to publish results, match reports and possibly just interesting stories about their club. Good PR will help raise the profile of the club, bring in new players and may even attract some sponsorship.
A timetable which covers tasks in pre-season, tasks prior to day of the game, task on the day of the game, discipline and the club Annual General Meeting (AGM), is given below:
Arrange pitch(s) which comply with appropriate League regulations and specifications. It is also prudent to arrange/book training facilities early.
Organise club/team meetings (eg. Weekly Training, Monthly Management Meeting, AGM). Also attend relevant League meetings when required.
Ensure all players are registered with the appropriate League. Up to date photographs may be required.
Arrange fixtures with Secretaries of affiliated Clubs. Subject to being affiliated to your local Football Association as affiliated Clubs can only play Affiliated Teams.
Set a subscription for players and members to meet your costs for the season. Carry out fundraising (appropriate to the club).
Club Secretaries/Team Managers should seek support from other members to spread the administrative and volunteer workload where practical.