League football in Lancashire is thriving. There are currently over 50 Affiliated and Sanctioned Leagues through Lancashire FA which include competitive football in organised Adult, Youth, Mini Soccer and Disability leagues. Lancashire FA understands the importance of Leagues and their role in providing a safe and structured environment that allows everyone connected with the game to enjoy their participation in it. We maintain a close working relationship with all league officials and league volunteers to ensure Lancashire FA can identify areas of support that are required to help the league thrive and to be a first point of contact to all league officials seeking advice or help from Lancashire.

League Officer Profiles
A key element in maintaining a committed and effective group of volunteer league officers is to be clear about their roles and not to over burden them with tasks outside these roles.

A number of leagues use job descriptions or role profiles to set out what is required of their volunteers, which are particularly useful when initially describing a role to a new volunteer.

FA Charter Standard Leagues
The FA Charter Standard League is a kitemark that sets an operational benchmark for FA sanctioned leagues.

Lancashire FA encourages and supports all Leagues to gain the FA Charter Standard accreditation. If your league has not already gained FA Charter Standard status, we are here to help! You can find out more on what your League needs to do to achieve the FA CS status by selecting the Charter Standard option in the Leagues drop down menu. 

If you are an existing FA Charter Standard League or would like support, help or advice on how to gain the Charter Standard Status, please contact Lancashire FA League Development Officer John Treacy who will be happy to answer any questions you may have or phone 01772 624000.   

Step 1 - 7
The National League System is the league structure for senior men’s football that sits directly below Football League Division Two.

It stretches from the Conference at Step 1 through to County Leagues at Step 7. In total 60 leagues featuring a total of 84 divisions provide a feeder system.

FULL-TIME is The FA’s online league administration system. It was launched in 2003 and is available free of charge to any league affiliated to a County FA.

It is used by league officials to manage the running of a league as well as generating a website for tables, results, news and statistics.

You can access FULL-TIME HERE

Grant Aid
IT-based league operations systems have become common place in football to ease the administrative burden on league officers.

To support leagues, The FA offers an IT grant to all sanctioned leagues outside the National League System (Step 1-7) and the Women’s Pyramid, for the purchase of IT hardware.

Respect Leagues
The FA is inviting every league in the country to sign-up to the principles of Respect and to introduce some practical steps at club level to ensure football is played in a safe, positive environment.

The programme is free and there are resources available to support leagues to introduce Respect.