The first thing to do would be to agree a club name with us. It’s best to send over a few options in case your first choice is unavailable. From there we’ll add you to our database with a contact for the club and an email will be sent in May with the information on how to affiliate. It would be best to check your potential kit sponsor with us before ordering any kit, just in case they are not acceptable.
All clubs require a secretary, chairman and treasurer. If your club has players under the age of 18, the club will also be required to have a welfare officer. Any number of roles can be covered by the same person, but we do recommend having at least two different people listed on the club. The welfare officer will need to have completed a welfare officer workshop, a safeguarding children workshop and have a valid FA DBS check. All these roles require an individual to have completed an online safeguarding for committee members course.
Chloe Hookins ( will be able to assist should you have any queries relating to the courses for the welfare officer and FA DBS checks.
You’ll also want to start contacting any potential leagues in the next month or so to ensure they have a space for you and you should also think about where you are going to play; we recommend speaking to local councils and schools about availability.
If you have any further queries about the process, please contact a member of the Governance Team.