Set Up Your Own Club

If you've ever wondered what it takes to set up a club, here are a few pointers...

Constitution – appointment of club officials
Clubs should appoint a Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary to carry out key duties. It is vital that you have enough volunteers and members to ensure everything runs smoothly throughout the season.

Finance – income and expenditure to run the club
Its important to raise funds to start up the club and initially these will probably be from player memberships and subscriptions. We also recommend creating a budget of income and expenditure for the season.

Affiliation – county associations & leagues
Clubs will need to affiliate to the County Football Association and join a football league to compete in. Clubs are recommended to seek advice on suitable league membership from the County FA.

Insurance – public liability, personal injury and other policies

Clubs need adequate insurance cover for their players in case of accident or injury whilst playing or travelling to matches. The County FA can provide this, or clubs can find their own.

Players – registration, eligibility, discipline, welfare & coaching

Clubs must understand the rules of each competition that they enter. All football discipline is administered by the County FA and the Secretary of the club is responsible to ensure that all players are eligible to play. If clubs have any doubts about player eligibility they should contact the County FA. For youth teams, it is important to be aware of child protection safeguards and advice is available from the Welfare Officer.

Fixtures – league & cup competitions
Typically fixtures are arranged by the league you enter. For home matches, the Club Secretary should arrange a venue, notify the opponents and match officials of the fixture arrangements (e.g. kick-off time, venue and kit colours). For away games, notify your players of the venue and kick-off time when you receive it from your opponents. The County FA also organises County Cups, which provide an opportunity to play teams from different leagues or divisions.

Pitches – useful contacts & advice
Apply to your Local Authority, other local teams, Parish Council or owner of a private ground to hire a pitch. Hire charges will vary depending on the area and owner of the pitch.

Kit & Equipment

Decide on your home kit colours and buy a playing kit. You should also buy equipment, such as match balls, training balls, a first aid kit and goal nets.

Results / Public Relations / Press
Ensure you send the result of your match into the league. Good PR will help raise the profile of the club; bring in new players and may even attract some sponsorship, so aim to establish good relationships with the local press.

For more information about how to setup a new football club, please email or call 01604 670741 (Option 7).

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