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Some 400,000 people keep the game running through various club roles, such as welfare officers, club secretaries and treasurers.

By volunteering, not only are you helping others, but you are also opening up opportunities to move into full-time roles at professional football clubs or organisations in sport in the future.

The AFA is committed to supporting the volunteers in club football that make up the backbone of the grassroots game.

A well-run club should feature the backroom staff of a Fixtures Secretary, Fundraisers, a Club Welfare Officer and a Chairman to oversee the Club’s constitution, as well as frontline first-aiders to act as physios and team coaches.

The FA recognises the value of volunteers and provides guides to clubs on how to recruit, retain and reward volunteers.

To find out more, download a copy of the Football Workforce Handbook

Please also take a look at the FA Guide to Recruitment and Selection of Volunteers

If you'd like to get involved with a local club, please contact footballdevelopment@amateur-fa.com

Get into Volunteering

Volunteers make sport happen and create the next generation of sporting stars.

Benefits include:

  • Increases confidence
  • Increases self esteem
  • Experience of speaking to groups
  • Builds your C.V
  • Experience of managing accounts and budgeting
  • Provides opportunities in the local community
Volunteers kick off your season
Safeguarding and Welfare


Whatever your involvement in football, you have a responsibility to make our game as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

This is particularly true if your role as a volunteer involves working or being with children and young people under the age of 18.

Find out how The FA and the Amateur FA manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.


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Criminal Records Checks

Keep up to date with our local safeguarding activities. You’ll find details of forthcoming safeguarding training courses and workshops, how to obtain a Criminal Record Check (CRC) if you need one – and lots of other relevant information.
Inclusion - Football is For All


The FA and CFAs are here to ensure everyone who is involved in football has a great experience.