CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS

CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT           




   Charter for
   Academy Players
   and Parents                                                                                             EFL youth development
                                                                                                           players’ and parents’ guide
                                                                                                           SEASON 2017/18
   EFL youth development
   players’ and parents’ guide
   SEASON 2017/18
CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                                                                                                    


ENGLISH FOOTBALL
LEAGUE (EFL) STAFF CONTACTS
                                                                      CONTACTS                                                                                      CONTENTS
                                                                                                                                                                    CHARTER
EFL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT                                      EFL
EFL Youth Development Director                                        EFL House                                                                                       1 THE ACADEMY SYSTEM.......................................... 6
Dave Wetherall T 07552 166367                                         10-12 West Cliff                                                                                     OUR VISION............................................................................ 6
                                                                      Preston                                                                                              OUR MISSION.......................................................................... 6
EFL Youth Development Business and Operations Manager
                                                                      Lancashire                                                                                           YOUR OPPORTUNITY............................................................... 6
Jim Briden T 07711 077267
                                                                      PR1 8HU                                                                                              THE PERFORMANCE PATHWAY.................................................7
EFL Youth Development Co-ordinator                                     T 01772 325800                                                                                      UNDERSTANDING ACADEMY CLASSIFICATION.......................7
Pauline Hothersall T 01772 325814
                                                                      efl.com
EFL Senior Regional Manager                                                                                                                                           2 PARTICIPATION..................................................... 8
Phil Stant T 07703 273844                                             LEAGUE FOOTBALL EDUCATION (LFE)                                                                      JOINING THE ACADEMY SYSTEM............................................ 8
                                                                      EFL House                                                                                            ACADEMY REGISTRATION....................................................... 9
EFL REGIONAL MANAGERS                                                 10-12 West Cliff                                                                                     SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS.......................................................... 10
North West – Graham Mitchell      T 07436 812345                      Preston                                                                                              ACADEMY INDUCTION...........................................................12
North East – Adrian Shaw     T 07736 668056                           Lancashire
                                                                      PR1 8HU                                                                                         3 ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN..........................17
Midlands – Dave Regis     T 07918 151246
                                                                       T 0870 4589250 F 0870 4589251                                                                       COACHING PROGRAMME........................................................17
South West – Bob Bloomer       T 07760 788687
                                                                       E info@lfe.org.uk                                                                                   GAMES PROGRAMME.............................................................18
South East – Ken Oram      T 07436 562220
                                                                      lfe.org.uk                                                                                           FESTIVALS, TOURS AND TOURNAMENTS.............................. 20
South & London – John Clayton      T 07760 616865                                                                                                                          EDUCATION PROGRAMME..................................................... 20
South Central – Ben Smith      T 07795 677078                         THE PREMIER LEAGUE (PL)
                                                                      30 Gloucester Place                                                                            4 PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM.......................... 23
EFL PLAYER ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT                                  London
EFL Head of Player Administration                                     W1U 8PL                                                                                         5 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION...... 24
Debbie Birch                                                           T 0207 8649000 F 0207 8649001
                                                                      premierleague.com                                                                               6 	PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE............. 25
EFL Player Admin Manager
Louise Smith                                                                                                                                                          7 INDEPENDENT ADVICE........................................ 26
                                                                      THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (FA)
EFL Player Admin Officers                                             Wembley Stadium
Gill Banks    T 01772 325828                                          PO Box 1966                                                                                    8 FEEDBACK............................................................ 27
Ric Seear    T 01772 325952                                           London                                                                                               FEEDBACK AND OPEN COMMUNICATION............................. 27
    E playeradmin@efl.com                                             SW1P 9EQ                                                                                             COMPLAINTS......................................................................... 27
                                                                       T 0844 9808200 F 0844 9808201
EFL COMPETITIONS DEPARTMENT                                                                                                                                          9 KEY CONTACTS..................................................... 29
                                                                      TheFA.com
EFL Competitions Manager
Paul Snellgrove                                                       THE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS’                                                                 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
EFL Youth and Reserves Team Officer
                                                                      ASSOCIATION (PFA)                                                                             THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME...................................................... 30
                                                                      20 Oxford Court                                                                               YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT...............................31
Debbie Anyon T 01772 325834
                                                                      Bishopsgate                                                                                   SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT.....................................31
EFL CHILD PROTECTION                                                  Manchester                                                                                    FA EDUCATION & WELFARE STATEMENT...................................... 32
                                                                      M2 3WQ                                                                                        APPRENTICESHIPS........................................................................ 32
EFL Child Protection Advisor
                                                                       T 0161 2360575 F 0161 2287229                                                                TRIALS........................................................................................... 33
Ann Hussey     T 01772 325811
                                                                      thepfa.co.uk
    E ahussey@efl.com
                                                                                                                                                                    EFL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES
                                                                      The EFL Youth Development would like to thank the following clubs for providing the
From 1st October 2017, please use the following                                                                                                                     EFL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES 2017/18.................................. 35
                                                                      photographs included in this guide: Bolton Wanderers, Burton Albion, Exeter City, Millwall,
email address: safeguarding@efl.com                                   Northampton Town, Peterborough, QPR and Walsall.                                              CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT......................................................... 73



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CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                


WELCOME
Joining the academy system is a wonderful opportunity for
any young player. On behalf of everyone at the English Football
League (EFL), we wish you good luck as you begin your journey.

You should expect the quality of coaching, the standard of
education and the all-round experience to be outstanding.
We expect all Academy Players to show commitment to, and
respect for, their fellow players of all ages, for their coaches and
their Club, and for both the rules and the spirit of the game.

The EFL operates the Academy system on behalf of its Clubs,
and also works closely with, the Premier League, The Football
Association (FA) and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

There are many things you will need to know as an Academy Player
or as a parent of a player. This Charter is designed to provide you
with an introduction to the Academy system and information
on how it works.




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CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                             


    1            THE ACADEMY SYSTEM
OUR VISION                              OUR MISSION                            YOUR OPPORTUNITY                       THE PERFORMANCE PATHWAY
WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE                 WHAT WE DO                             WHAT IS THERE FOR YOU                  We call the development journey of an Academy Player the Performance Pathway.
We want to produce more, and            The aim of the Academy system          Participating in the Academy           Players can join and leave at different ages or points and can progress into the professional game or another career.
better, home-grown players.             is to help young players maximise      system is an achievement to be         Your Club coaches, backed by a wide range of other specialist services, support Academy Players through each phase
                                        their potential in football,           proud of, however it is important      of the Pathway.
We want our players to be
                                        education and life.                    to maintain a balance between the
technically excellent and
                                                                               demands of life outside of football,
tactically astute, independent          It puts well-being and personal
                                                                               including your education. Ensure         THE PERFORMANCE PATHWAY HAS 3 PHASES
decision-makers on and off the          development at the heart of
                                                                               that you maintain interests beyond
field, equipped for a successful        everything we do. Our aim is to                                                 FOUNDATION PHASE                                              Under 9 (U9) to Under 11 (U11)
                                                                               the football pitch and manage
career as professional footballers.     develop well-rounded individuals
                                                                               expectations of a professional           YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE                                       Under 12 (U12) to Under 16 (U16)
We want to develop the world’s          as well as high quality players.
                                                                               football career because only a
leading youth coaches, provide          Clubs provide expert services,
                                                                               few Academy Players will go on to        PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE                                Under 17 (U17) to Under 21 (U21)
inspirational facilities and            support and advice to Academy
                                                                               become professional footballers.
world-class support services.           Players and their parents, and every
                                        young player should enjoy and value
                                        their Academy experience.
                                                                                                                      UNDERSTANDING ACADEMY CLASSIFICATION
                                                                                                                      Each Academy is independently audited every three years and categorised from 1 to 4. The EFL works closely
                                                                                                                      with its Clubs in between audits to ensure that standards are maintained and improved where required.
                                                                                                                      The different categories of Academies reflect the type of programme provided.

                                                                                                                      The environment at an Academy will differ according to the categorisation, but all categories of Academy will
                                                                                                                      have a track record of producing successful professional players. Your Club will be able to provide you with their
                                                                                                                      categorisation status.



                                                                                                                        ACADEMY CLASSIFICATION           DEFINITION                                                PERFORMANCE PATHWAY

                                                                                                                                                         This is the highest classification awarded to an
                                                                                                                                                         Academy. It is an elite environment where Academy
                                                                                                                                                         Players are provided with additional access to
                                                                                                                        CATEGORY 1                       coaching and the potential of full time education         U9 to U21
                                                                                                                                                         from U12. Category 1 Academies can recruit nationally
                                                                                                                                                         from U12 provided the Academy Player is guaranteed
                                                                                                                                                         access to a full time education programme.


                                                                                                                                                         This is an elite development environment where
                                                                                                                                                         Academy Players are typically recruited locally but
                                                                                                                        CATEGORY 2                                                                                 U9 to U21
                                                                                                                                                         gain access to additional coaching opportunities and
                                                                                                                                                         education support.


                                                                                                                                                         This is a development environment where Academy
                                                                                                                        CATEGORY 3                       Players are provided with professional coaching and       U9 to U21
                                                                                                                                                         development opportunities.


                                                                                                                                                         Academies focus on their coaching and educational
                                                                                                                        CATEGORY 4                       support for Academy Players in the Professional           U17 to U21
                                                                                                                                                         Development Phase (U17 to U21) only.




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CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                         


    2             PARTICIPATION                                                                                      ACADEMY
                                                                                                                     REGISTRATION
                                                                                                                     Registration is when you commit
                                                                                                                                                             DURATION OF REGISTRATION

                                                                                                                                                             U9, U10 and U11                       Registration period of up to 1 year

                                                                                                                     to a Club’s Academy, and the Club
JOINING THE ACADEMY SYSTEM                                                                                           commits to you. All parties must
                                                                                                                                                             U12, U14 and U16                      Registration period of up to 1 year


The first point of contact with your Club may have                                                                   complete a registration form.           U13 and U15                           Registration period of up to 2 years
                                                                                                                     You remain attached to the Club
been through a Scout or Intermediary.                                                                                for a period of time that depends
                                                                                                                     on your age, and you join an age      Once the registration is established    The EFL and your Club see
WHAT IS A SCOUT?                        GUIDANCE                                Representation Contracts             group determined by the age you       it will continue thereafter for         registration as a crucial time when
A Scout represents a Club and is        Players entering into a contract with   between Players and Intermediaries   will be on 31st August. The initial   successive periods of a year (or 2      independent advice is important for
responsible for identifying talented    an Intermediary should consider         under the age of 18 must also be     duration of your registration will    years) unless either the Club and/or    Academy Players and their parents.
young players. Scouts must be           taking independent legal advice         signed by the Player’s parent or     be determined by the time of year     the player terminate in accordance      (see Section 7 page 26).
registered with the Club who is         or contacting the PFA particularly      legal guardian.                      when the Club approaches you          with the youth development rules.
responsible for ensuring high           if they are unsure of any of the        If you are concerned about           to register.
standards of behaviour. You should      terms of the contract.                  an approach from a Scout or
always confirm a Scout’s identity                                               Intermediary, contact your
                                        However, it is advisable to conduct
with the Club.                                                                  Club’s Designated Safeguarding
                                        a thorough research before you sign
                                        with an Intermediary. Check the         Officer immediately.
WHAT IS AN INTERMEDIARY?
                                        FA.com/intermediaries for a list
An Intermediary (formally known
                                        of all registered Intermediaries
as an agent) acts on behalf of
                                        or call the Intermediaries hotline
a player or a Club and may
                                        0844 9808213.
represent a player or a Club in                                                     CONTACTS
contractual negotiations.               Always date any document or                 Intermediaries in England
                                        the contract that you sign. Ensure          are registered and
Intermediaries may not, either                                                      monitored by the Financial
                                        you receive a copy of the document/
directly or indirectly, make                                                        Regulation team at The FA.
                                        contract in particular on the day
any approach to, or enter into
                                        you sign.                                   You can contact them here:
any agreement with a player in
                                        If a Player is signed up to an              Intermediaries Hotline:
relation to any Intermediaries
                                                                                    0844 980 8213
Activity before the first day of        Intermediary on an exclusive
                                                                                    E-mail queries:
January in the year of the Player’s     basis, he should not enter into
                                                                                    intermediaries.queries@
sixteenth birthday. From this           a contract with another
                                                                                    thefa.com
date, Intermediaries may provide        Intermediary at the same time as
                                                                                    Fax: 0844 980 0679
advisory services, but are not          he may be liable to pay commission
                                                                                    Postal address: Financial
allowed to receive any payment for      to two (or more) different
                                                                                    Regulation, Wembley
those services until a player reaches   Intermediaries if he does so.               Stadium, PO BOX 1966,
the age of 18. The services of an       A Player cannot be represented              SW1P 9EQ
Intermediary are not essential for      by an Intermediary before the
a future in professional football.      1st day in January on the year of
The PFA also provide independent        their 16th birthday.
advisory services should you
consider early contact.




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CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                                   


SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS
A Scholarship is a 2-year agreement between the Club and the Academy Player
which provides a full-time football development and education programme.
This is also sometimes referred to as an apprenticeship.

An offer of a Scholarship may be         REGISTRATION PROCESS                    INDUCEMENTS
officially recorded at any time on,      Once you have signed a registration     Similarly, no Club may attempt
or after, 1st January in the year in     form, The EFL will process your         to induce you to register with it
which you reach the age of 14. For       registration. If you choose to cancel   (whether by offering money or
those Academy Players in the Under       the agreement, you must contact         other benefit in kind to you or
16 age group, it shall be offered        the EFL within 7 days. You may be       anyone connected to you) and
on, or before, 31st December in          coached by, and play for, the Club      you must not accept any such
your Under 16 season. Following          during this initial 7-day period as     inducements that is offered to you.
receipt of this offer, you must          you are officially registered with
                                                                                 Any such inducements could be
respond within 28 days, otherwise        the Club.
                                                                                 deemed a breach of the EFL Rules,
it is considered that you have
                                                                                 and for clarity, this covers both the
not accepted the offer. Serious          APPROACHES AND CONTACTS
                                                                                 registration with a new Club, or
consideration should be given            You are not permitted to contact
                                                                                 re-signing with a Club you may
to this long term commitment             any other Premier League or EFL
                                                                                 already be registered with.
to a Club.                               Clubs during the initial 7-day
                                         period, nor throughout your agreed      Inducements can be wide ranging,
Information about the PFA
                                         registration period. Likewise, other    from cash payments to the
Independence Advisory Service
                                         Premier League or EFL Clubs, Scouts     payment or reimbursement of
available to you regarding
                                         and Intermediaries must not make        accommodation or travel costs.          CODE OF CONDUCT
registration and contractual offers
                                         an approach to you or any person        It is of course appreciated that        Your registration means you
can be found in Section 7 page 26.
                                         connected with you.                     some expenses are legitimate            accept personal responsibility
                                                                                 and guidance is available upon          for maintaining standards of               limited travel time of the Club’s           Information about the PFA
                                                                                 request outlining what payments         behaviour set out by your Club,            location. From Under 17 to Under
                                                                                 are permitted. Should you have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Independence Advisory
                                                                                                                         Academy and EFL.                           21 there are no travel time
                                                                                 any doubts as to whether an                                                        restrictions and there is no travel         Service available to you
                                                                                 inducement is being offered, you        TIME/DISTANCE REGULATIONS                  limit for the Academy players               regarding registration and
                                                                                 or your parents should contact the      Between Under 9 and Under 16,              engaged in the Full-Time Training
                                                                                 EFL before proceeding. Remember,        you can generally only be registered       Model at Category 1 Academies in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                contractual offers can be
                                                                                 should you be found to have             with a Club if you live within a           the Youth Development Phase.                found in Section 7 page 26
                                                                                 accepted an inducement, there
                                                                                 could be serious ramifications for
                                                                                 your career, including a                                                                                      National Recruitment     National Recruitment
                                                                                                                                                       U9 to U11            U12 to U16
                                                                                                                                                                                               U12 to U16*              U17 to U21
                                                                                 potential sanction from the
                                                                                 Leagues and/or termination                CATEGORY 1 ACADEMY          1 Hour               1 ½ Hours          Full time                No restriction
                                                                                 or refusal of your registration.
                                                                                                                           CATEGORY 2 ACADEMY          1 Hour               1 ½ Hours          Not applicable           No restriction


                                                                                                                           CATEGORY 3 ACADEMY          1 Hour               1 ½ Hours          Not applicable           No restriction


                                                                                                                           CATEGORY 4 ACADEMY          Not applicable      Not applicable      Not applicable           No restriction




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CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                


ACADEMY INDUCTION

Your Academy will tell you about the provision of coaching, education and
support as well as what you can expect following registration. You will find out
about your personal coaching and games programmes, and how your education
programme and school liaison will be managed.

Induction is an important chance          DECLINING EXTENDED                        COMPENSATION
to get to know key people at the          REGISTRATION                              Compensation is money paid by
Academy, and for them to get to           If you choose to decline the offer        your new Club to your previous
know you. Make the most of the            of an extended registration period        one to cover training and
opportunity to ask questions and          and seek to be released, you must         development costs if you decline
to note names and contact details         inform both your Club and EFL in          an offer of extended registration.
which you can record on page 29.          writing by the first Saturday in June.    If compensation is due, and any
END OF SEASON PROCEDURES                  Following receipt of confirmation         amounts are not agreed between
                                          from the EFL, you will then be able       Clubs, your new Club may be
Towards the end of each registration
                                          to seek registration at another Club,     required to calculate compensation
period, your Club will write to you
                                          subject to the Rules relating to          based upon an annual fixed fee
with its plan for your registration
                                          travel distance.                          which relates to the age group
for the next season(s). If your Club
                                                                                    of the Academy Player and the
intends to renew your registration,       If you refuse an offer of retention
                                                                                    category of Academy the player was
you must decide whether you want          and a new Club wishes to sign you,
                                                                                    registered with. The current fees are
to accept or refuse their offer.          they may have to pay compensation
                                                                                    as shown in the table below.
                                          to your previous Club(s). If you
RENEWING YOUR REGISTRATION                are offered a professional contract       Compensation for Academy Players
If you are happy to remain                and achieve a number of first team        who have been offered a scholarship
registered at the Club you do             appearances, your previous                by their Club and for players in
not need to take any action.              Club may also be entitled to claim        the Under 17 age group and older
Your Club will notify the EFL, and        extra payments.                           may be determined under the
your registration will be retained                                                  Regulations of the Professional
                                          Your Club may offer you a
for a further period (as determined                                                 Football Compensation Committee.
                                          professional contract to commence
by your age).
                                          from the age of 17 at any time            Academy Players and their parents
                                          from 1st January following the            are not liable for paying these fees.
                                          commencement of your under
                                          16 year.



     COMPENSATION FORMULA

                                         Category of the training Club’s
     Age group of the Academy Player                                               Applicable annual fixed fee
                                         Academy at the relevant time

     U9 to U11                           All categories                            £3,000

     U12 to U16                          Category 1                                £40,000

     U12 to U16                          Category 2                                £25,000

     U12 to U16                          Category 3                                £12,500




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CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                              


CONTINGENCY FEES – UNDER 12 OR ABOVE                         REQUESTING RELEASE
In addition, should you subsequently achieve                 During your registration period you may only be
a number of first team appearances, then your                released if all parties are in agreement (the Club,
previous Club(s) may be entitled to additional fees          Academy Player and parents). You should initially
known as contingency payments from your current              raise any concerns you have, which may have led to
Club. The fees are set according to divisional status.       your desire to leave, with the Academy Manager. Any
                                                             concerns regarding a safeguarding issue should be
Further information is set out in the Youth
                                                             addressed to the Academy Designated Safeguarding
Development Rules.
                                                             Officer (DSO).

                                                             As an alternative, any party may ask The Player
                                                             Related Dispute Commission to provide a binding
                                                             decision on a termination request by making a written
                                                             application providing full reasons for the request. If
                                                             the reasons for requesting a binding decision includes
                                                             a safeguarding issue, you should be aware that all poor
                                                             practice safeguarding issues should be addressed to
                                                             the Academy Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) as
                                                             soon as a concern is identified. Safeguarding concerns
                                                             will be dealt with separately from requests for release
                                                             from registration.

                                                             You should be aware that compensation may be due
                                                             to the Training Club should you wish to register with a
                                                             new Club.

                                                             More information about feedback and
                                                             communication, including the complaints process,
                                                             can be found in Section 8 page 27.

                                                                                                                       MOVING TO ANOTHER ACADEMY
                                                                                                                       If you registered with one Category 1 Academy and wish        important part of ensuring the integrity of the
                                                                                                                       to move to another Category 1 Academy (as well as in          Academy system and the EFL and Premier League Rules.
                                                                                                                       respect of certain other movements), you (together            We will endeavour to ensure the process is completed
                                                                                                                       with your parents and the two relevant Clubs) will            as soon as possible.
                                                                                                                       ordinarily be required to undergo an exit interview to
                                                                                                                                                                                     Please also note that the above process may
                                                                                                                       talk through the circumstances of your proposed move.
                                                                                                                                                                                     also apply to other categories of Academy in
                                                                                                                       This is a process that is intended to ensure that no Rules
                                                                                                                                                                                     certain circumstances.
                                                                                                                       have been breached in relation to the move.

                                                                                                                       As part of this process, you and your parents (together       LEAVING THE ACADEMY
                                                                                                                       with the Club that you wish to move to) will also need to     Release of an Academy Player from registration can
                                                                                                                       sign a declaration that no approach has been made to          be a difficult time. Academy Players and parents should
                                                                                                                       you prior to the relevant date, nor has any inducement        remember that involvement in the programme is a
                                                                                                                       has been paid or offered to you or anyone connected           tremendous achievement in itself. No Academy can
                                                                                                                       with you to encourage you to move Academy.                    guarantee that a player will become a professional.
                                                                                                                       Following this process, you may be required to provide        If your Club does not wish to extend your registration,
                                                                                                                       certain documents and/or other information to the EFL         it is expected to provide support by, for example,
                                                                                                                       to ensure that all rules have been complied with. As an       helping identify opportunities for you to continue your
                                                                                                                       example, phone records and bank statements covering           football career elsewhere. League Football Education
                                                                                                                       the last year may be requested.                               (LFE) also provides support for players released at the
                                                                                                                                                                                     end of their Scholarships.
                                                                                                                       You should be aware that this process can potentially
                                                                                                                       take a matter of weeks and while it is ongoing, you will      For further details on opportunities to attend U16
                                                                                                                       not be able to train with, or play for, the new Club’s        Exit Trials and U18 Assessment Trials can be found
                                                                                                                       Academy. We appreciate this can be inconvenient and           on page 33.
                                                                                                                       can be a time of uncertainty, but it is an extremely


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CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                         


                                                                                                    3           ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN
                                                                                              Each Academy has a performance plan which follows the Club’s guiding
                                                                                              principles, values, playing style and tactical approach. This encompasses
                                                                                              a games programme, education programmes, sports science and medicine
                                                                                              services support as well as coaching on the pitch. Your Academy has a
                                                                                              designated team of specialist medical and sports science staff to provide
                                                                                              a high level of medical care during training sessions and games. Your Academy
                                                                                              Manager will introduce you to these specialist staff at your induction.

                                                                                              COACHING PROGRAMME                       page 20). Close integration with
                                                                                              The age group you are in will, to an     your education and welfare
                                                                                              extent, determine the coaching           programmes will be paramount
                                                                                                                                       in building an effective coaching                N.B. These coaching
                                                                                              contact time you will receive.
                                                                                                                                       programme for you. The Club                      contact times are a
                                                                                              The number of coaching sessions
                                                                                                                                       will continually monitor your                    guide and your coach
                                                                                              available to you should increase as
                                                                                                                                       progression via regular performance              will adjust your weekly
                                                                                              you progress along the Performance
                                                                                                                                       reviews (see Section 5 page 24).                 programme according
                                                                                              Pathway. The Club will advise you
                                                                                                                                                                                        to your specific needs
                                                                                              which coaching programmes will           Once you join the Academy, your
                                                                                                                                                                                        and the individual
                                                                                              be available to you, these vary in       progress will be recorded on a
                                                                                                                                                                                        programme that you
                                                                                              terms of the number of hours of          performance clock. This is your
                                                                                                                                                                                        are on.
                                                                                              coaching received each week and          record of personal progress and
                                                                                              when in the day those sessions take      achievement available to you
                                                                                              place (see Education Programme on        through your coaches.



                                                                                                                Foundation Phase     Youth Development
                                                                                                Category                                                            Professional Development Phase U17 to U21
                                                                                                                U9 to U11            Phase U12 to U16


                                                                                                                4 coaching hours                                    14 coaching hours per week reducing to 12 hours
                                                                                                                                     10 coaching hours per
                                                                                                                per week rising to                                  for Academy Players who have commitments to
                                                                                                1                                    week rising to 12 hours for
                                                                                                                8 hours for older                                   the professional squad during the Professional
                                                                                                                                     older Academy Players
                                                                                                                Academy Players                                     Development Phase.


                                                                                                                3 coaching hours                                    14 coaching hours per week reducing to 12 hours
                                                                                                                                     6 coaching hours per
                                                                                                                per week rising to                                  for Academy Players who have commitments to
                                                                                                2                                    week rising to 12 hours for
                                                                                                                5 hours for older                                   the professional squad during the Professional
                                                                                                                                     older Academy Players
                                                                                                                Academy Players                                     Development Phase.

                                                                                                                                     4 coaching hours per
                                                                                                                3 coaching hours
                                                                                                3                                    week rising to 6 hours for     12 coaching hours per week.
                                                                                                                per week
                                                                                                                                     older Academy Players

                                                                                                                                                                    14 coaching hours per week reducing to 12 hours
                                                                                                                                                                    for Academy Players who have commitments to
                                                                                                4               Not applicable       Not applicable
                                                                                                                                                                    the professional squad during the Professional
                                                                                                                                                                    Development Phase Games Programme.




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CHARTER FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                                


GAMES PROGRAMME

FOUNDATION PHASE: U9 TO U11                                  YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE: U12 TO U16                         PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE: U17 TO U21

• Foundation Phase games are played locally, usually         • Youth Development Phase games are usually played          The Professional Development Phase aims to
     on Sundays, and may include regular festivals that         at weekends and may include regular festivals            prepare you for professional life in the Club’s
     involve three or more Clubs.                               throughout the season.                                   first team. Depending on age and Academy

• The focus in this phase is fun and developing              • Games are usually arranged on a regional basis,           Category, you will join a bespoke U18 League
                                                                                                                         or a Professional Development League.
     mastery of the ball.                                       but Category 1 and 2 Academies may be involved

• Games take place on age-appropriate pitches.                  in national and international competitions.              U18 League games take place on Saturdays.

     Matches are small-sided games for each age group.       • Subject to fitness, in the U12 to U14 age groups you     Premier League 2 consists of Category 1

• Subject to fitness, you will participate in at least          will participate in at least 50% of match playing time
                                                                reasonably spread out in any one season.
                                                                                                                         Academies, each playing a proportion of matches
                                                                                                                         at the Club’s main stadium. A Professional
     50% of match playing time reasonably spread
     out in any one season.                                  • Subject to fitness, in the U15 and U16 age groups you     Development League is also provided for the
                                                                                                                         Category 2 Clubs with a proportion of matches
• Category 1 and 2 Academies participate in a regional          will play in at least 20 ‘authorised games’ per season
                                                                and participate in at least 50% of the game time.
                                                                                                                         being played in the main stadium.
     indoor season during December and February.
                                                             • The focus in this phase is on building technical          A development League which provides playing
                                                                                                                         opportunities for players at some Category
                                                                skills, game understanding and tactical awareness.
                                                                                                                         3 and 4 Academies is also in operation.
                                                                Academy Players may be introduced to tournament
                                                                football from U12 to U16.




                                                                                                                           THE FOUNDATION PHASE (U9 TO U11) GAME FORMATS

                                                                                                                           Age                      Format                 Pitch size (yards)      Goal size (feet)       Ball size

                                                                                                                                                                           30 x 20 to 40 x 30 or
                                                                                                                           U9                       5 v 5 or 7 v 7                                 12 x 6                 3 or 4
                                                                                                                                                                           50 x 30 to 60 x 40

                                                                                                                           U10                      7v7                    50 x 30 to 60 x 40      12 x 6 to 16 x 7       4


                                                                                                                           U11                      9 v9                   70 x 40 to 80 x 50      16 x 7                 4


                                                                                                                           U9 to U11                Futsal (5 v 5)         25 x 15 to 33 x 18m     3 x 2m                 3 to 4




                                                                                                                           THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE (U12 TO U16) GAME FORMATS

                                                                                                                           Age                      Format                 Pitch size (yards)      Goal size (feet)       Ball size


                                                                                                                           U12 & U13                11 v 11                90 x 60                 21 x 7                 4


                                                                                                                           U14 & U15                11 v 11                90 x 60 to 100 x 60     24 x 8                 5


                                                                                                                           U16                      11 v 11                100 x 60 to 110 x 70    24 x 8                 5


                                                                                                                           U12 to U16               Futsal (5 v 5)         33 x 18 to 42 x 25m     3 x 2m                 4




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CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                                   


FESTIVALS, TOURS                                             EDUCATION PROGRAMME                                          2 Hybrid

AND TOURNAMENTS                                              Your education is vitally important. Your education          • You are released from school to attend the
                                                                                                                              Academy for part of your weekly timetable,
You may have the chance to be involved in                    programme will help you achieve a productive and
                                                                                                                              depending on your age and your Club’s programme.
additional festivals, tours and tournaments,                 fulfilling career, both on and off the field. The Head
both domestically and abroad, some of which                  of Education at your Club oversees the programme             • Agreement must be reached between your school,
may be residential. These opportunities are                  and will:                                                        parents and Club describing the arrangements and
designed to enhance your playing experience
                                                             • Liaise with your school to make sure your                      the likely effect on your studies.
and help your technical and personal
development. Your Club will provide you with
                                                                football commitments do not damage your                   • Academies must work with your school to track
                                                                levels of progress at school.                                 your academic progress, and they must provide

                                                             • Make sure you follow a formal education programme
specific details about these events as they are
                                                                                                                              extra help to ensure there is no detrimental effect
scheduled in the calendar.
                                                                                                                              on your academic achievement.
                                                                that lets you achieve your academic potential and;

                                                             • Offer advice on all aspects of the                         • Information regarding educational progression
                                                                                                                              should be recorded on your Performance Clock on
                                                                education programme.
                                                                                                                              at least a 12-weekly basis.
                                                             FOUNDATION PHASE: U9 to U11
                                                                                                                          • Academies report to your parents at least twice
                                                             In the Foundation Phase the vast majority of                     a year, outlining your progress in all areas of
                                                             Academy’s operate a part time programme whereby                  football development.
                                                             you attend school full time and in the main attend
                                                             the Academy in the evening, at weekends and during           3 Full-time
                                                             holidays. Additionally, your Academy keeps in regular        • If you are offered a full-time place at your                    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE: U17 to U21
                                                             contact with your school to ensure your Academy                  Academy, you receive both your football and                   In the first two years of this phase, Academy Players
                                                             attendance is not having a detrimental impact on                 education programmes through the Club. Your                   must take an education component as part of their
                                                             your educational progress.                                       academic needs will be met by a local school.                 Scholarship.

                                                             Your Academy will report to your parents at least twice      • Your Club will make a detailed assessment of                    Many Academy Players take the Advanced
                                                             per year, outlining your progress in all areas of football       your educational needs and work closely with                  Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence; full details of
                                                             development.                                                     your previous and new schools to ensure your                  this will be provided by both your Club and League
                                                                                                                              curriculum meets both government requirements                 Football Education (LFE).
                                                             A limited number of Academies operate a hybrid
                                                                                                                              and your academic abilities.
                                                             programme in this phase.                                                                                                       A full educational review will take place every

                                                             YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE: U12 to U16
                                                                                                                          • If you are offered a place on a full-time                       12 weeks, and will be recorded on the Education
                                                                                                                              programme, your Club will also offer an extended              Management System (EMS).
                                                             The Youth Development Phase offers three possible                registration that lasts up to the end of your
                                                                                                                                                                                            Although not compulsory, there may be education
                                                             types of programme:                                              secondary school education.
                                                                                                                                                                                            opportunities available to you after you turn
                                                             1 Part time                                                  •   A full educational review will take place every               18 to continue your education. This may include higher

                                                             • You attend school full time, and in the main you               12 weeks and a copy will be sent to your parents.             level programmes, such as degree-level study.
                                                                attend the Academy in the evenings, at weekends
                                                                and during holidays.
                                                                                                                          • Information regarding educational progression                   Academy Players are expected to complete their
                                                                                                                              should be recorded on your Performance Clock on               education programme even if they sign a professional

                                                             • Your Academy will keep in regular contact with                 at least a 12-weekly basis.                                   contract before the apprenticeship has run its course.
                                                                your school and reports to your parents at least
                                                                twice a year.
                                                                                                                          • A full-time place may involve living away from                  Your Club may offer you a professional contract to
                                                                                                                              home in accommodation arranged for you by                     commence from the age of 17 at any time from
                                                                                                                              the Club for instance at a boarding school, Club              1st January following the commencement of your
                                                                                                                              boarding home or with a host family.                          under 16 year.




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CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                     


                                                                                                  4             PLAYER RECOGNITION
                                                                                                                SYSTEM (PRS)
                                                                                              The Player Recognition System (PRS) is intended to be introduced during
                                                                                              the 2017/18 season. The PRS will use photo ID cards and bespoke technology
                                                                                              to validate eligibility and record attendance at Academy fixtures

                                                                                              The PRS has the following key          Once the systems is operational,          In respect of the PRS, the
                                                                                              objectives:                            each registered player intending to       League will access the following

                                                                                              • Create a safe environment for        be involved in a fixture must have a      registration data (currently held):

                                                                                                 players and staff
                                                                                                                                     valid card available for inspection.
                                                                                                                                     It is the responsibility of the Club
                                                                                                                                                                               • Player name
                                                                                              • Ensure the Games Programme           and player to ensure the card is          • Player FAS ID
                                                                                                 is monitored effectively in terms
                                                                                                 of Scouting and recruiting
                                                                                                                                     available. Games Programme
                                                                                                                                     Monitors will attend fixtures
                                                                                                                                                                               • Player Registration Status
                                                                                              • Allow recording of player            and administer random card
                                                                                                                                     inspections. Cards may be inspected
                                                                                                                                                                               Additionally, the PRS will
                                                                                                                                                                               require the following data
                                                                                                 game time

                                                                                              • Ease Club administrative duties
                                                                                                                                     prior, during or after matches.           (not currently held):

                                                                                                                                     Any lost or damaged cards must be         • Player image
                                                                                              Following the implementation
                                                                                              of PRS, an Academy intending to
                                                                                                                                     reported to the League immediately
                                                                                                                                     so a new card can be printed and
                                                                                                                                                                               • Player attendance at fixtures
                                                                                              register a player will be required     issued as soon as possible. Clubs are     The data will be used to produce
                                                                                              to complete the registration           likely to incur a cost for each lost or   the ID card and to verify a player’s
                                                                                              forms as they do currently with        damaged card.                             eligibility at fixtures. All stored
                                                                                              the additional requirement to                                                    data will be held securely alongside
                                                                                                                                     The League will only record and
                                                                                              provide a suitable image. The                                                    existing player registration data.
                                                                                                                                     store data deemed essential in
                                                                                              player will then be issued with a
                                                                                                                                     fulfilling its role as a governing        The PRS is to be implemented to
                                                                                              card once all registration details
                                                                                                                                     body and in support of its functions.     protect the existing registration
                                                                                              – including an image eligibility –
                                                                                                                                                                               process and as a result the player,
                                                                                              have been verified and processed.
                                                                                                                                                                               staff, Club and League. The
                                                                                              If any details have been submitted
                                                                                                                                                                               attendance data and requirement
                                                                                              incorrectly the Club will be asked
                                                                                                                                                                               for each player to be issued with
                                                                                              to resubmit the application and the
                                                                                                                                                                               a card will also support existing
                                                                                              card issuing time may be affected.
                                                                                                                                                                               player safeguarding provisions.




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CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                                               


     5            PLAYER DEVELOPMENT                                                                                          6            PLAYER AND
                  AND PROGRESSION                                                                                                          SAFEGUARDING WELFARE
Making all Academy Players independent decision makers is one of the core                                                 The EFL is committed to safeguarding the welfare                                SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                          You should be aware that your Club
aims of the Academy system. Athletic development, performance lifestyle                                                   of young players and expects all member Clubs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          will have a policy and guidance for
and psychology programmes will be delivered to enhance the knowledge,                                                     endorse this commitment. Protecting young players                               players, parents and staff on the use

skills and understanding you will need to become a professional footballer                                                from abuse is of paramount importance. The EFL                                  and misuse of social media sites,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          including Facebook and Twitter. It is
                                                                                                                          Safeguarding Children Statement is contained in                                 important that you understand what
both on and off the field.
                                                                                                                          Appendix (A) of this handbook.                                                  is acceptable and unacceptable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Being registered with a professional
PERFORMANCE CLOCK                        sports scientist plus any other          Your Academy will also hold parents’
                                                                                                                          Each Club has a duty of care to         concerns at an early stage. You         Club means that you have a
You are entitled to regular feedback     relevant Academy staff. You will be      evenings at least twice each season
                                                                                                                          safeguard children and young            should have the information you         responsibility to be a positive role
on your progress and development         provided with details of each review     to discuss your recent performance                                                                                      model in all public communications,
                                                                                                                          players involved with their Club        need within this guide. However, if
at the Club. Your Academy will use       and your coach will discuss future       reviews in detail with your parents.                                                                                    therefore, inappropriate comments
                                                                                                                          and they will have safeguarding         you need clarification, then in the
a ‘Performance Clock’ to record,         targets with you.                                                                                                                                                about others, including; players,
                                                                                                                          policies and procedures in place.       first instance speak to the Age Group
measure and monitor all aspects                                                                                                                                                                           parents, staff, officials or the Club
                                                                                                                          These outline their commitment          Team Manager. You may also speak
                                            PERFORMANCE REVIEW FREQUENCY                                                                                                                                  will be taken seriously, may result
of your progress. It is your record                                                                                       to safeguarding, and players and        to the EFL Regional Manager whose
                                                                                                                                                                                                          in disciplinary action and could
of achievement, and you can help                                                                                          parents should be made aware of         contact details are available on page
                                            Foundation Phase                    Every 12 weeks                                                                                                            result in dismissal.
to develop it. If you move to                                                                                             them during induction and through       2 of this guide. They will be able
another Club, you take your                                                                                               Club publications.                      provide information and guidance.       Parents may have seen in the media
                                            Youth Development Phase             Every 6 weeks                                                                                                             that there is a ‘trend’ by some
Performance Clock with you as                                                                                             At your Club, there will be a           If you have any concerns regarding      young people to use social media
your own personal record.                   Professional Development Phase                                                person who is responsible for the       safeguarding or the welfare of any
                                                                                Every 6 weeks                                                                                                             to share inappropriate images of
                                            (U17 & U18)
                                                                                                                          welfare of young players; they          child or young player you should        themselves or others. It is important
PERFORMANCE REVIEWS                         Professional Development Phase                                                may be known as the Safeguarding        report them to the Academy DSO.
                                                                                Frequency to be determined by your Club                                                                                   to remember that on occasions
                                            (U19 – U21)                                                                   Designated Officer (DSO). It is
Every Academy Player’s                                                                                                                                                                                    the sharing of such images may be
performance is reviewed regularly.                                                                                        their responsibility to respond to      IMAGES/VIDEO FOOTAGE – PARENTS          considered a criminal act. Parents
                                                                                                                          complaints of poor practice and         AND PLAYERS UNDER 18 YEARS              should discuss with their children the
A performance review assesses your
                                                                                                                          ensure that such complaints are         Still images and recorded footage       risks associated with the misuse of
development against targets set
                                                                                                                          dealt with appropriately. The DSO       are used in many ways: for Club         instant imaging messaging services
at previous performance reviews.
                                                                                                                          also has a responsibility to refer      performance analysis, match-day         such as Snapchat; WhatsApp; Twitter
It identifies your need for individual
                                                                                                                          on to the appropriate authorities       programmes, as well as other            (Direct Messenger) and Facebook
coaching, all-round athletic                                                                                                                                                                              (Direct Messenger).
                                                                                                                          allegations, disclosures or concerns    publications and literature. Your
development, educational support,                                                                                         of abuse or the risk of harm to a       Club will have an Images Policy.        EFL are committed to safeguarding.
and it sets new performance                                                                                               young player. Such referrals will be
                                                                                                                                                                  You should ensure that you              Any young person found to be
targets. Each review is recorded on                                                                                       to the statutory agencies such as the                                           sending inappropriate images of
                                                                                                                                                                  understand what the Images Policy
your Performance Clock.                                                                                                   local authority or the police and to                                            other children may be reported to
                                                                                                                                                                  for your Club is. The parent/legal
                                                                                                                          The FA Case Management Team.                                                    the police.
Performance reviews are conducted                                                                                                                                 guardian of the player will be asked
by a multidisciplinary team of                                                                                            If you have any concerns regarding      to sign a consent form to ensure that   Although the majority of images
experts employed by your Academy                                                                                          the welfare of any child or young       you understand how the images may       are appropriate and are taken in
which may include your Head coach,                                                                                        player you should report them to        be used.                                good faith, images of children can
                                                                                                                          the DSO.                                                                        be misused and children and young
the Head of Education, the Club’s                                                                                                                                 If parents/carers have any concerns     people may be put at risk as a result.
                                                                                                                          We hope that your time at the           regarding the use of images they        Parents are asked to reinforce, with
                                                                                                                          Academy will be enjoyable, however      should contact the DSO.                 young players, the importance of
                                                                                                                          on occasions, players and parents                                               safe use of social media systems to
                                                                                                                          do have some concerns. It may                                                   protect your own and other children.
                                                                                                                          be that you just need clarification
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Parents and players should ensure
                                                                                                                          as to the youth rules or Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                          to read and understand the Clubs
                                                                                                                          rules regarding the Academy. It
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Social Media Policy.
                                                                                                                          is important to try to clarify any


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CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                     


     7            INDEPENDENT ADVICE                                                                                               8            FEEDBACK

We pride ourselves on the quality of the Academy system and we                                                                FEEDBACK AND OPEN COMMUNICATION
are committed to ensuring that Academy Players, Trialists and parents                                                         We want to minimise the risk of misunderstanding at every stage.
                                                                                                                              Close and regular communication between Clubs, Academy
gain the right advice and support.                                                                                            Players and parents helps to ensure an enjoyable and productive
                                                                                                                              experience for everyone. Feedback helps Clubs to identify areas
An important aspect of this is the independent advice provided by the The Professional
                                                                                                                              for improvement that will enhance the learning environment
Footballers’ Association (PFA). You are advised to make contact at the earliest opportunity.
                                                                                                                              and the playing experience. Comments, suggestions and the
                                                                                                                              raising of concerns help us to manage risks and encourage
 T    0161 236 0575
                                                                                                                              better performance.
 E    youthadvisory@thepfa.co.uk                                                                                              We work hard to ensure that things go well; you should always
                                                                                                                              raise any concerns you have with your Club in the first instance.
THE PFA INDEPENDENT REGISTRATION ADVISORY SERVICE                                                                             If you wish to make a formal complaint, follow the process
The PFA Independent Registration Advisory Service can                                                                         detailed in the complaints procedure below.
offer advice to Academy Players, Trialists and their parents
relating to:                                                                                                                  COMPLAINTS
• Premier League and EFL Youth Development Rules                                                                              COMMUNICATION

• Registration and contractual offers                                                                                         Informally raise the issue with someone at the Club, such as your


• Football Association and FIFA Rules and Regulations
                                                                                                                              Coach, Designated Safeguarding Officer or Academy Manager;
                                                                                                                              this may help you reach a satisfactory resolution quickly.

The PFA was formed in 1907 and is the world’s longest                                                                         COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
established professional sportspersons’ union.
                                                                                                                              If the issue is not resolved, follow your Academy’s complaints
The aims of the PFA are to protect, improve and negotiate                                                                     procedure, put your complaint in writing and make it formal.
the conditions, rights and status of all professional players
by collective bargaining agreements.                                                                                          ESCALATION

The PFA is a key figure in all aspects of the professional                                                                    If having completed your Academy’s complaints procedure

game that affects its members and has enhanced its                                                                            including the appeals process, you remain dissatisfied, contact the

reputation by upholding the principle of caring for the                                                                       Youth Department at the EFL. Guidance can also be sought from

interests of the game as a whole, in addition to the                                                                          the PFA Independent Youth Advisory Service.

interests of its members.                                                                                                      E   youthadvisory@thepfa.co.uk      T    0161 236 2575

The experience and expertise the PFA has gained since
                                                                                                                              RESPONSE
its formation ensures it is able to provide you with the best
independent advice and assistance.                                                                                            Complaints to EFL; these should be emailed to enq@efl.com

                                                                                                                              The EFL will respond within 7 days and will provide an outcome
                                                                                                                              within 28 days, where possible.

                                                                                                                              If these timescales are not achievable, you will be kept informed.

                                                                                                                              POOR PRACTICE
                                                                                                                              The EFL expects professional Clubs to deal with complaints of poor
                                                                                                                              practice issues at the Club with guidance and support from the EFL
                                                                                                                              Child Protection Advisor when required.




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CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                    


                                                                                                 9          KEY CONTACTS
                                                                                              Academy Manager                                Head of Academy Coaching


                                                                                                Name:                                          Name:

                                                                                                Contact:                                       Contact:




                                                                                              Academy Coach                                  Club Doctor


                                                                                                Name:                                          Name:

                                                                                                Contact:                                       Contact:




                                                                                              Physiotherapist                                Head of Sports Science and Medicine


                                                                                                Name:                                          Name:

                                                                                                Contact:                                       Contact:




                                                                                              Head of Education                              Academy Designated Safeguarding Officer


                                                                                                Name:                                          Name:

                                                                                                Contact:                                       Contact:




                                                                                              Club Designated Safeguarding Officer           EFL Regional Manager


                                                                                                Name:                                          Name:

                                                                                                Contact:                                       Contact:




                                                                                              Other useful contact                           Other useful contact


                                                                                                Name:                                          Name:

                                                                                                Contact:                                       Contact:




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CONTACTS • CONTENTS • WELCOME • THE ACADEMY SYSTEM • PARTICIPATION • ACADEMY PERFORMANCE PLAN • PLAYER RECOGNITION SYSTEM • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION
PLAYER AND SAFEGUARDING WELFARE • INDEPENDENT ADVICE • FEEDBACK • KEY CONTACTS • THE FA RESPECT PROGRAMME • YOUNG PLAYERS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
SPECTATORS RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT • FA EDUCATION AND WELFARE STATEMENT • APPRENTICESHIPS • TRIALS • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RULES • CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT                                                        


THE FA RESPECT
PROGRAMME
In 2008, the Respect programme was introduced                                                 YOUNG PLAYERS                                                    SPECTATORS
as a response to behavioural problems in football.
                                                                                              RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT                                          RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT
It requires the FA, the leagues, the Clubs, players
                                                                                                                                                               We all bear a collective responsibility to set a good
and spectators to work together to ensure that a                                              WHEN PLAYING FOOTBALL, I WILL:
                                                                                                                                                               example and help provide a positive environment in
                                                                                              • Always play to the best of my ability and for the
supportive and positive match day environment
                                                                                                                                                               which children can learn and enjoy the game. Play your
exists at all levels of youth football.
                                                                                                 benefit of my team.                                           part and observe the FA’s respect code of conduct for

                                                                                              • Play fairly – I won’t cheat, dive, complain or
Key to the development of young players is that                                                                                                                spectators at all times.
they enjoy the experience of playing and training,
                                                                                                 waste time.                                                   I WILL:
that they are able to respond to the guidance of
their Club coaches and that they learn to take                                                • Respect my team-mates, the other team,                         • Remember that children play for fun.
independent decisions on the pitch. The Respect                                                  the referee or my coach/manager.
                                                                                                                                                               • Applaud effort and good play as well as success.
programme supports these outcomes.
                                                                                              • Play by the rules, as directed by the referee.                 • Respect the Referee’s decisions even when you
                                                                                              • Be gracious in victory and defeat – I will shake                  don’t agree with them.
                                                                                                 hands with the other team and referee at the end
                                                                                                 of the game.
                                                                                                                                                               • Appreciate good play from whatever team it
                                                                                                                                                                  comes from.

                                                                                              • Listen and respond to what my coach/team                       • Remain behind the touchline and within the
                                                                                                 manager tells me.                                                designated spectators’ area (where provided).

                                                                                              • Understand that a coach has to do what is best for             • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players
                                                                                                 the team and not one individual player.                          by telling them what to do.

                                                                                              • Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer            • Encourage the players to respect the opposition,
                                                                                                 if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.                        referee and match officials.

                                                                                              I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all           • Support positively. When players make a mistake
                                                                                              of the following actions may be taken by my club,                   offer them encouragement not criticism.
                                                                                              the League or The FA:
                                                                                                                                                               • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting,
                                                                                              I MAY:                                                              or abusive language or behaviour.

                                                                                              • Be required to apologise to my team-mates,                     I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of
                                                                                                 the other team, referee or team manager.
                                                                                                                                                               the following actions may be taken by my club, or the FA:
                                                                                              •  Receive a formal warning from the coach.
                                                                                                                                                               I MAY BE:
                                                                                              • Be dropped or substituted or suspended                         • Issued with a verbal warning from a club coach.
                                                                                                                                                               • Required to meet with a club official.
                                                                                                 from training.

                                                                                              • Be required to leave the club.                                 • Obliged to leave the match venue by the club.
                                                                                              • My club may make my parent or carer aware of                   • Requested by the club not to attend future games.
                                                                                                 any infringements of the Code of Conduct.
                                                                                                                                                               • Required to leave the club along with
                                                                                                                                                                  any dependents.




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