Affiliation and Criminal Records Checks

Affiliation and compliance with FA Criminal Records Checks (CRC) policy and regulations

Policy, Procedures and Referrals

Every affiliated club and league with youth teams must have in place;

1. Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedure
2. Welfare Officer who has an FA criminal records check (CRC) and completed the Safeguarding Children    Workshop and Welfare Officer Workshop

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – to make sure you have appropriate safeguards in your club or league it’s important everyone is aware of your safeguarding children policy and the procedures for reporting a concern about the welfare of a child.

Your Welfare Officer will be able to advise you, but if you want to find out more about how to increase your understanding of safeguarding in football why not complete the Safeguarding Children workshop - for more information visit the ‘Raising Awareness’ page.

Anyone working in an eligible role, directly working with children and young people – such as managers and coaches – MUST hold an 'in-date', FA Accepted, CRC as part of responsible recruitment practice before they work or volunteer within football.

For affiliation compliance with FA CRC requirements forms part of the affiliation criteria for clubs with youth sections/teams.

It also forms part of the registration process for referee's wishing to officiate within youth football and membership of The FA Licensed Coaches club for UK based coaches wishing to work with children and young people.

What is an in-date or current Criminal Record Checks CRC?

To be ‘in-date’ means:

  • CRBs with an issue date prior to 2010 should have been renewed before 1 September 2014.
  • CRB/CRCs with issue dates of 2010, 2011 or 2012 MUST be renewed by 1 September 2015 (CRB/CRCs issued in 2012 need to renewed as they reach the three-year point)
  • CRCs issued 2013 onwards should be renewed in line with The FA three-year renewal policy

CRC Guidance Leaflets and Videos

The downloadable CRC guidance leaflets and videos hosted below provide easy to view information on CRC eligibility and guidance for Clubs, Coaches and Referees.


CRC Club Registration Process

How to Complete a DBS Check

How to verify a DBS Check

How to Monitor a CRC Check

Whole Game System Log On
Referees Course