Football For Communities

2022/23 Affiliation Window Open

Club affiliation for the 2022/23 season opens today, Monday 16 May 2022.

All Clubs are required to reaffiliate every season to confirm which Teams will be taking part in FA Sanctioned competitions and they have appropriate safeguarding qualifications and insurance in place.

Following two seasons of subsidised affiliation fees thanks to COVID recovery grants from Sport England, there is a standard affiliation fee of £10 per Team across all age groups and formats. Insurance fees have also returned to full value following reductions from Bluefin to account for paused coverage during Covid lockdowns over the past two seasons. 

We strongly encourage Clubs to affiliate as early as possible. There are many benefits to affiliating early in the window, including: 

It ensures all Teams have insurance coverage in place for preseason fixtures/summer tournaments
You can beat the rush with player registrations
Leagues are able to issue fixtures earlier
Your Cup entries are guaranteed
You can easily affiliate additional Teams later in the summer using our online form. 

The deadline to submit affiliations and guarantee participation in County Cup competitions is Sunday 31 July 2022. There is a standard entry fee of £10 per Team for County Cups. 

Start your affiliation now

If you do miss the deadline of 31 July you will still be able to affiliate; however, you may find there is less time to resolve any outstanding issues and early League fixtures could be delayed. 

Top Tips to Prepare for Affiliation

Get yourself in the best position to affiliate by following our tips below:

1) Agree which Teams are returning for the 2022/23 season, and who will be coaching any new Teams you plan to create
2) Use the Club Portal to check the DBS and safeguarding qualifications for any youth coaches and renew any DBS checks due to expire over the summer
3) Make sure all key Club officials have completed the Safeguarding for Committee Members Course (Youth Clubs)
4) Pay off any outstanding invoices in the Whole Game System

Ongoing Support

Berks & Bucks FA will be running a series of online webinars on Monday evenings throughout the summer of 2022 to support Clubs with all aspects of running a grassroots club, from volunteer recruitment to marketing and from financial strategy to managing disciplinary cases.

Date Topic Audience Book
Monday 16 May  Club Affiliation Club Secretaries/Chairs   Booking link!
Monday 23 May 
League Sanction & AGM guidance League Secretaries/Chairs   Booking link! 
Monday 30 May 
Wildcats & JustPlay! Club Secretaries/Chairs   Booking link! 
Monday 13 June  Marketing & Communication Club Media Officers    Booking link! 
Monday 20 June 
Facilities & Funding Club Secretaries/Chairs   Booking link! 
Monday 27 June 
Club Development Plans & Pathways Club Development Officers Booking link! 
Monday 4 July 
Club Structures Club Secretaries/Chairs   Booking link! 
Monday 11 July 
Creating an Inclusive Club Club Secretaries/Chairs
Booking link! 
Monday 18 July 
Club Finances Club Treasurers  
Booking link! 
Monday 25 July 
Recruiting & Managing Volunteers Club Secretaries/Chairs    Booking link! 
Monday 1 August 
DBS and Safer Recruitment Club CWOs   Booking link! 
Monday 8 August 
Coach Education & Development Club Coaches  Booking link! 
Monday 15 August  LOTG Changes & Report Writing Referees   Booking link! 
Monday 22 August  Managing Discipline Club Secretaries/Chairs  Booking link! 
Monday 29 August 
August Bank Holiday --- Booking link! 
Monday 5 September (7pm)  New Secretary Induction New Club Secretaries    Booking link! 
Monday 5 September (8pm)  Intro to Player Registration Process New Player Reg Officers   Booking link!
Monday 12 September  New Chairs Induction New Club Chairs    Booking link! 
Monday 19 September 
CWO Welcome & Induction New Club Welfare Officers   Booking link! 
Monday 26 September  New Treasurer Induction New Club Treasurers    Booking link! 
Monday 3 October  Members Information Evening - Introduction to the County FA, our role, strategy and services  Everyone!  Booking link! 

All webinars start at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. To book on to a session and receive a calendar invite, please click the relevant booking link above.

Download the Programme of Support Events with Booking Links

If you would like any support with the affiliation process, player registrations or any other aspect you can also book a one-on-one support session with a member of staff through our online booking system.

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