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Will you be playing your games within 12 miles of Charing Cross?
Affiliate to London FA!

Here is everything you need to know in order to affiliate to London FA for the 2018-19 Season.

At the start of each season, ALL clubs playing in FA sanctioned leagues and competitions must affiliate to their local County Football Association.

London FA also requires all clubs to have Public Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance cover in place. Both insurances can be purchased through the affiliation process at a great price!

All clubs need a Secretary (someone to arrange fixtures, keep records, deal with correspondence), Treasurer (look after the bank account, manage the cash flow) and Chairperson (someone to act as an overall manager to the club).

In all Youth Football Clubs the posts of Secretary, Chairman, and Treasurer must be held by more than one individual. One person may hold two of these roles, but not three.

In addition, you should be aware that as a precondition of affiliation, Youth Clubs will need to have a designated and qualified Club Welfare Officer. This person MUST have completed and hold a valid, in-date FA CRC disclosure check along with the relevant Welfare Officer, Emergency Aid and Safeguarding Children training. Please note that non-FA CRC checks cannot be accepted. The Club Welfare Officer is responsible for the implementation of safeguarding policies and ensuring all volunteers/officials have the necessary qualifications and CRC checks in place.

Youth Clubs must also make sure that ALL managers, assistant managers and coaches have a valid, in-date FA CRC disclosure check. If the positions are held by people who do not hold a valid, in-date CRC, we will not be able to affiliate your club until a time when these conditions have been met.

All applications for affiliation are processed online by the Club Secretary through The FA’s Whole Game System portal at using the Club Secretary’s individual FAN number and password.

For more information on the Whole Game System, how to log on and the relevant user guides click here.

Once you have affiliated, you are eligible to join one of our sanctioned Leagues and/or Competitions. You will need to contact the League or Competition directly to enter with them dependent on availability.

London FA are also here to support you with the development of your club. If you need any support regarding growing participation; finding facilities; recruiting volunteers; accessing funding or anything else, please contact the Football Development Manager assigned to your area:

Neil Twitchett ( - Hackney, Haringey, Westminster, Camden

Laura Foster ( - Lambeth, Wandsworth, Bromley, Tower Hamlets

Luke Thomson ( - Waltham Forest, Bexley, Greenwich, Newham, Islington

Rakhi Shingadia ( - Lewisham, Southwark, Hammersmith & Fulham, City of London, Kensington & Chelsea

Key Dates:

Affiliation Window Opens – 18th April 2018

Early Bird Window Closes* – 31st July 2018

*Affiliate your club by 31st July and you will get your affiliation £50 cheaper than if you affiliate after this date.

Key Information:

If you have not affiliated with London FA before, you will need to email (with the following subject: New Club 2018-19) with the New Club Form, completed in full. The following information is required:

  • The proposed name of your club (we will run a check to make sure there are no other teams within London and the surrounding counties with this name)
  • Club Secretary – Full Name, FAN if known, Date of Birth, Postal Address, Email Address, Telephone Numbers
  • Chairperson - Full Name, FAN if known, Date of Birth, Postal Address, Email Address, Telephone Numbers
  • Treasurer - Full Name, FAN if known, Date of Birth, Postal Address, Email Address, Telephone Numbers
  • Welfare Officer (Youth Clubs and Wheelchair Football Only) - Full Name, FAN if known, Date of Birth, Postal Address, Email Address, Telephone Numbers

NEw club form

In addition, those holding all of the above roles will also be required to complete the Online Safeguarding for Committee Members Workshop before the club can be affiliated. This is a free online workshop which takes approx. 40 minutes to complete. For further information on how to access the workshop, please click here.

All clubs affiliating to London FA must keep adequate accounting records and a register of members – kept up to date and available for inspection on request by the County FA at any time.

A club must have rules that are written in a club constitution that all members must agree at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in order to affiliate to their County Football Association.

No club shall be permitted to use the word ‘academy’ within their club name without the written permission of the London Football Association.

As per County FA Rules (County Cup Competitions) players (including goalkeepers) must NOT wear shirts that clash with the traditional black uniforms worn by match officials. This means black and dark navy blue shirts are NOT permitted.

You should also be aware of any rules particular to your parent league competition around kit colours, sponsorship and grounds ahead of affiliation to the County FA.

How much will it cost to affiliate?

Club Type

Club Affiliation Fee (incl. 1 x team)

Additional Team Fee

Sportsguard Public Liability Insurance

Sportsguard Personal Accident Insurance

Premier League




£25.50 per team

Football League




£25.50 per team

Senior Clubs (step 1-5)




£25.50 per team

Senior Clubs (step 6-7)




£25.50 per team

Adult Clubs (outside NLS)*




£25.50 per team

Youth Clubs (U18 and below)




£13.25 per team

Small Sided or Futsal




£18.50 per team

*Includes Veterans, Womens and Walking football clubs. Excludes clubs playing in the FA WSL. Clubs playing in this league should contact the County FA for further information.

**Please note these prices are for the Early Bird Entry only. Our Affiliation Early Bird offer expires on 31st July 2018. After this date an additional £50 will be added to the total fee.

NB – There is an option to purchase a hard copy of the 2017/18 London FA County Handbook for an additional fee of £5 during the affiliation process.

London FA County Cup Competitions

Through the affiliation process, you can also enter into one of our County Cup Competitions.

Please see below for details of the entry fee. The deadline to enter into the cups is 31st July 2018.

County Cup Competition

Entry Fee

London Senior Trophy (for Clubs Steps 6 to 7)


London Junior Cup


London Sunday Challenge Cup


London Sunday Trophy


London Sunday Junior Cup


Capital Women’s Cup


Capital Girls Cup


London Veterans Cup


London Youth Cup - Saturday (U12-U18)


London Youth Cup - Sunday (U12-U18)


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