Setting up A Football Club

Setting up a Local Community grassroots football club, requires a lot of¬†¬†planning. Here¬† we provide a detailed description as to how you’d be¬†required to complete,¬†all the necessary steps to achieve this.¬†

As long as you follow all the available information, we are confident that your goal to  establish a Local Football Club or Football Academy will be realised.

Setting Up A Club Setting Up Training Practice

How often is practice necessary?¬†This depends on the time of year, age of the team’s players and commitment of the coach. Each team practice will vary. Typically once a week is the standard time-frame, typically between 90-120 minutes per week. Older or academy teams train twice a week on average Kit Information

Home & Away Kits¬†Most teams will have a home and away kit. This typically depends on whether that club can raise enough sponsorship to buy the kits required. If a team can only afford one kit, they’ll usually use coloured bibs on away matches if kit colours clash with the opposition team.

Martin Glenn FA Executive
Gareth Southgate England Manager
Les Reed FA Technical Director Football Club Setup Costs

Football Kits

Generally, a team will usually have two kit colours.  A home kit and an away kit is not essential but it helps on matchdays. If there are any colour conflict issues then the home team must change.

FA Approved First Aid Kits

Each team for each club must have an FA approved Medical kit. This would usually comprise of crepe bandages, scissors, plasters, sterile dressing and sterile wound wipes. Around £25 

FA County Registration

County registration is typically in the region of a £90 fee. This depends in what county you register your local football club with.

Insurance and Liability

Personal Accident and Public Liability form an important part of any Insurance. Football Team Insurance Policies vary in price.

Player Matchday Fees

Matchday fees are typically between ¬£2.50 to ¬£5. This fee is from U7’s to under 18’s

Player Registration Fee

 The player registration fee is payable to the FA via the club. This fee is £30 per player across all clubs in grassroots football.


Cup Competitions

 The typical cost for Cup Competitions are usually between £15-£25 for grassroots football. The average amount of competitions is usually two per seasons.

Referee Costs

The cost of referees is usually between £15 Р£40. This fee is typically paid by the home team when playing league matches. Some matches are refereed by opposite coaches.

Football Pitch Furniture

Football pitch furniture can be a  six-seater folding portable bench. A crowd barrier in accordance with, the respect campaign. A drinks bottle carrier. £90 in total.

Renting A Home Pitch

Your club can usually rent a pitch for a year to play your home games. This is also used to provide training.  Approach your local council who will charge a fee between £500 to £1500 a year.

Training Equipment 

Matchday Ball. Training Balls. Football Marker Cones. Hurdles. Slalom Poles. Tactic Boards. Speed and Agility Equipment. Corner posts. Coloured football bibs. Ball Pumps. Correct size goals for the year group. Around £180 in total.

League Registration 

To register your club with the league you must pay a registration fee. This registration fee is generally around £90.

Setting up a Football Club FAQ’s

We have a new Football Club, can we get funding?

The answer is simply yes. You are entitled to funding but this depends on what the funding is for. There are various organisations that can help grassroots clubs.

How many teams are required to start a club?

There’s no minimum requirement. The answer to this is just one team only.

Are religious establishments allowed to set up a club?

Yes of course, because there are many top-flight clubs who have started off this way. This includes established clubs like Celtic, Everton, Manchester City and Southampton.

What Club Structure is best for your Club?

There are many different club structures including Unincorporated Associations, Companies limited by Guarantee.

What's the most popular Grassroots structure?

This would either be a Charity or a Community Amateur Sports Clubs as they receive huge benefits by having a special tax status.

What's the best way to accept payment from parents?

We would advise that payments are provided by Standing order or Direct Debit to ensure a record of all transactions is recorded. Do not accept cash.

Are official referees required for all games?

Official referees aren’t required for all games. Depending on the age group, a referee is either supplied by the League or the club’s have an option to hire an official referee.¬†

What's the best way to attract players?

The best way to attract players is either through the league’s noticeboard, they all have one. The other way is to use your county FA website or through Social Media.

What's the best form of player registration?

Down the years it’s always been on paper. Now moving with the times and the FA’s Whole Game System¬†will be compulsory for all clubs from the 2021/2022 season.

How do I get volunteers for the club?

There are many different ways to get volunteers. The best way to start is with the parents of the teams. Local adverts within your community s also another option. Important Members of a Grassroots Football Club

Club Chairman

Every club requires a Club chairman to arrange committee meetings and  to assist the club secretary.

Club Secretary

Plenty of roles for the club secretary including matchday fixtures, league meetings and secretarial duties.


Club Treasurer

Club treasurer deals with all the club’s finances. They will also be expected job to raise funds for the club.

Vice Chairman

As a important committee member of any club, they  will assist the club secretary or chairman in the day to day running of the club.

Welfare Officer

The Welfare officer’s role is to oversee any Safeguarding issues. The Welfare officer manages and reports concerns regarding children.

       Coach / Team Manager

 The role of the coach or manager can usually be divided. This all determined by the structure of the club. The role requires organising training sessions, filling out match cards and ensuring subs are paid. The coach also picks the team, assesses the players and administers first aid.

Football Equipment