Criminal Record Checks (CRC) in Football
The FA's Policy
As part of our safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible* roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.
We provide the framework and guidance for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in football and the leagues and clubs then have to implement this to ensure that those who are required to have checks done, do so.
The majority of checks are processed electronically, ensuring that people can be confirmed to work with children and young people swiftly. Where the check highlights relevant information, this is investigated further and a risk assessment is carried out to establish whether or not they will be accepted to work with children and young people in football.
Activities that require a check (Eligibility)
* Eligibility is governed by legislation and government guidance. In brief this means, anyone aged 18 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.
Anyone undertaking these activities in football MUST obtain a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record with Children’s Barred List Check. Role specific guidance for clubs, coaches referees and FA licensed tutors is hosted below along with the CRC eligibility criteria guidance document.
You may have more than one role in football but you only need one check to cover all your roles in affiliated grassroots football. Please note that this may be different if seeking work with professional clubs.
ONLY COACHES WHO ARE CRC CLEARED WILL APPEAR ON OUR WEBSITE AS COACHES FOR THAT TEAM OR THE CLUB. IF THEY ARE NOT ON THIS WEBSITE THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE COACHING.
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH US IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR BELIEVE SOMEONE IS COACHING IN THE CLUB WITHOUT A VALID CRC