Clubs must be affiliated in order to compete in matches, competitions, leagues and tournaments. The process of affiliation is not difficult, but depending on the size of your club could be a lengthy process. However, County FA's now pre-populate the majority of the form, so if nothing has changed at your club from the previous season the time involved in completing the form should be relatively quick.

If you were affiliated with the County FA the previous season, you should automatically be sent out an affiliation form for the following season. If you are a new club, then you will need to contact the County FA in order to obtain the form. You must check all details are correct, even on pre-populated forms.
The affiliation form itself is self explanatory and comes with a covering letter to help you. Remember if you are struggling, contact your County FA and they will help you.
The basic points regarding affiliation are:
  • All Clubs must affiliate to the County Football Association before being accepted into a League or any other competition.
  • Saturday and Sunday clubs playing regularly must affiliate separately.
  • Male and female clubs playing regularly must affiliate separately.
  • Youth and adult clubs playing regularly must affiliate separately.
Clubs should note that by the start of the 2009-10 season their club welfare officer MUST have attended a Safeguarding Children Course, otherwise the club will not be permitted to affiliate to their County Association.

By the start of season 2010-11 the club welfare officer must have attended a WOW course. (Welfare Officer Workshop) or, again, the club will not be permitted to affiliate to their County Association.
 
 

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