The overall aim of the National Club Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is to raise standards and to recognise and reward quality clubs, which ultimately contributes to quality football experiences for players, volunteers and parents.
What is the NCAS?
Fundamentally, clubs play the key role in the development of football in Australia. In order to raise the overall standard of club administration at all levels of the game, a clear model that identifies and recognizes best practice in all areas of club administration will be rolled out across Australia.
The NCAS will provide an accreditation rating scheme for grassroots football clubs as identified in the National Game Development Strategy. This will set guidelines and criteria for best-practice models which can be replicated in clubs throughout the country.
Similar programs and initiatives have been delivered by a number of National Sporting Organisations in Australia, by the Football Association in the United Kingdom, as well as by other major European football nations. These club accreditation initiatives have successfully raised standards at the grassroots level and assisted in developing a greater connection between clubs and their National Sporting Organisations.
Benefits for clubs
• Assisting Member Federations to better support clubs, by facilitating a process which encourages greater engagement with clubs.
• Enabling Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Member Federations to provide direct guidance to clubs relating to Football delivery
• Bringing together all elements of Game Development including coach education, volunteer development, refereeing, small-sided football, good governance and the National Curriculum.
• Promoting use of the MyFootballClub system which will lead to more accurate records nationally of those involved in our game in all capacities.
• Directly assisting clubs to sustain and increase football participation
• Promoting and raising the profile of quality clubs across Australia
• Attracting sponsors
• Attracting volunteers
• Increasing credibility in the community
• Priority access to any future funding opportunities through FFA
Who is the NCAS aimed at?
Community or grassroots football clubs currently constitute 92% of all clubs involved in football delivery. These are clubs whose primary focus is on providing opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to enjoy football. Only clubs who are currently registered with FFA through the MyFootballClub system will be eligible to apply for accreditation through the NCAS.
Assessment and Application Process
There are four levels within the NCAS, with clubs progressing from Level 1, up to Level 4. The levels are depicted with stars and each level having its own logo. Logos are differentiated by colour and design to easily identify what level a club is at.
One star is used to indicate football’s minimum standards through the NCAS, whilst four stars indicate the maximum standard.
For the initial rollout there will be an application form for download on this page. Clubs should read all NCAS related documentation on this page and consult their relevant Member Federation prior to submitting an application.
Member Federations will work with clubs to ensure any applications along with the required additional documentation submitted to FFA are practical and complete. Initially this process will be completed via e-mail and post, with a view to being a wholly online process in the future.
Step 1: Club downloads application form
Step 2: Club gathers required documentation to support application
Step 3: Member Federation and Club work to finalise application
Step 4: Application submitted to FFA for assessment
Step 5: FFA advises club and Member Federation on success of application and sends Certificate and Logo.
FFA will assess all applications and provide final endorsement for the accreditation. There will be two application windows where FFA will accept applications from Member Federations for clubs within their region.
Upon achieving NCAS accreditation club will receive a NCAS Certificate of Accreditation as well as an electronic NCAS logo relevant to the level achieved, which can be used in club promotion.
FFA recognizes the need for a policy and process that would either exclude a club from being awarded NCAS Accreditation or would lead to an existing club losing their accreditation. This will be developed in due course.