As part of our safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible roles with children and young people to hold an FA DBS in line with legislation and government guidance.  

Eligibility is governed by legislation and government guidance, this means a DBS Check is required for anyone aged 16 years or over who undertakes any potentially unsupervised roles working directly with children and young people under the age of 18. 

These activities include managing, training, coaching and supervising as well as giving advice or guidance on wellbeing, caring for children or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or organisation.

All coaches and managers working directly with under-18 players must hold a current, FA-accepted DBS Check.

In addition, all referees aged 16+ who officiate in youth football must hold a current, FA-accepted DBS Check.

You may have more than one role in football but you only need one DBS Check to cover all your roles in affiliated grassroots football.