Online Club Affiliation 2017/18

Late fees introduced from August 1st

Every club has to affiliate each season. Affiliation is the process by which clubs "register" with their County Football Association.

For the third consecutive year, clubs will be able to use the FA Whole Game Administration System to affiliate to Lancashire FA.


What is the Whole Game System?

The Whole Game System (WGS) has been developed to aid the roles of volunteers within clubs and leagues, and is available to use 24/7 using your unique FAN (FA Number) and Password.


What can you do on the Whole Game System?

  • Enter teams in the seasons County Cups
  • Pay online or alternatively request an invoice
  • Add club officials using their unique FAN number
  • Add club players using their unique FAN number

How do I log into the Whole Game System?

As Club Secretary, you will receive a notification from Lancashire FA by 15th May, providing you with your unique FAN and access to reset your password (if you don't know it). If you haven't received this notification, please contact us.

Enter https://wholegame.thefa.com into your browser. This will prompt you to log in using your FA Number (FAN) and password.

If you do not know your FAN or password click here to access The FA FAN portal.

The club affiliation portal is available to the Club Secretary, Chairman and Treasurer. Each person must use their unique FAN number and password to log in.


What training materials are available?

Once you have logged into the system, please download the following documents:

Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a video provided by the FA, where you can watch the process from start to finish to assist you with your renewal.


Will there be workshops to help us?

Of course!

Club Affiliation workshops are available throughout the affiliation window. For more information, and to book, please click here.


When do I need to affiliate by?

For season 2017/18, affiliation is required (which includes county cup entries) by Tuesday 1st August 2017.

Clubs returning their application after this date will incur a late affiliation charge of £20.00 and will miss the deadline for county cup entries.


Where can I purchase Personal Accident Insurance?

It is a mandatory requirement for teams to have the appropriate Personal Accident Insurance in place for each team the club has. The FA's preferred appointed broker is Bluefin Sport.

Click here to purchase the appropriate insurance policy through Bluefin Sport.


What is the Club Committee Safeguarding Course?

It is now mandatory for the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Welfare Officer at your club to complete a FREE online safeguarding course.

Affiliation cannot be approved until all mandatory members have completed the course

Click here to access the Safeguarding Course for Club Committee Members


What Public Liability Insurance is required?

All clubs are required to have the appropriate Public Liability Insurance in place for affiliation. Don’t worry - this can be purchased through Lancashire FA through the portal, as in previous years. If your club already has the appropriate Public Liability Insurance in place, you can upload the certificate through the portal.


Will I be sent an affiliation pack in the post?

For season 2017/18, all affiliations will be done using the online Whole Game System which will aid volunteers and save time on completing paperwork.


We're a new club, what should we do?

Please CONTACT US providing your proposed club name and secretary details (address, email, telephone number) and we will set you up ready to affiliate using the Whole Game System.


What if I have a problem?

Lancashire FA will be on hand to offer you any help with any issues that you may have with the Whole Game System. Should you wish to contact us, please do so as below:

Click here to log any issues

Email: wgs@lancashirefa.com

Lancashire FA Office: 01772 624000


What if I need help outside of office hours?

If you encounter a query or problem outside of our 8.30am-5pm office hours, you can contact us via WhatsApp.

Send a message to 07776 767685, with a screenshot of the issue if required, and we will endeavour to answer as quickly as possible.

Note: please do not call this number, it is to be used for WhatsApp messages only.