Starting a Club

We are here to support you

You may have been using jumpers for goalposts up to now, but feel it is time to step up a gear by starting a club. Huntingdonshire FA is committed to supporting the development of new clubs, so please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

  • Constitution - Appoint roles of Club Officials such as (Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary).

  • Standard set of Club rules - The FA produced a sample set of Club rules which are available to download from the document at the foot of this article.

  • Finance - Raising club funds will initially come from player memberships and subscriptions. A budget will need to be created for the income and expenditure for the season.

  • Players - Registrations, eligibility, discipline, child protection and coaching.

  • Insurance - Public Liability, Personal Injury and other policies (need to have adequate insurance cover for your players in case of injury or accident whilst playing or travelling to and from matches.

  • Affiliation - County Associations & Leagues (Clubs need to be affiliated to a County Football Association and the appropriate league it wishes to join).

  • Fixtures - League & Cup Competitions - Fixtures are administered by appropriate competition. Club secretaries need to arrange home games: venues, notify opponents and match officials of Kick-Off time and venue. For away games they need to inform their own team of Kick-Off time, venue and arrange transport for the team. FA's run cup competitions which give an opportunity for teams to play against clubs from different leagues or divisions.

  • Pitches - Apply to your Local Authority, other local teams, Parish Council or owner of a private ground to hire a pitch. Please note hire charges will vary.

  • Kit & Equipment - Purchase suitable equipment prior to the start of your fixtures and ensure you have sufficient equipment for all teams in your club. The necessary equipment will include, playing strip, first aid kit, nets and balls.

  • Results/ Public Relations / Press - Ensure you pass on results of your matches to comply with competition regulations. All Clubs are recommended to establish good relationships with the local press to publish results, match reports and possibly just interesting stories about their club. Good PR will help raise the profile of the club; bring in new players and may even attract some sponsorship.

For more help when starting up your club, The FA and Sport England offer some advice and help on these links below:

The FA - Your Game

Sport England - Club Matters