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Club Excellence

Welcome to the Irish Football Association’s Club Accreditation scheme, the Football for All, Club Excellence Mark.

Football for All (FFA) is essentially about creating a fun, safe and inclusive culture throughout football in Northern Ireland. We want all aspects of football to embrace this ethos and football clubs are the very foundation and core of developing the game.

The FFA Club Excellence Mark is a bench marking system to help clubs instil a culture of best practice and strive to a quality standard that will help them to become all-embracing in the community. We hope that this will contribute to clubs being more successful and sustainable. This scheme attempts to marry our existing grassroots accreditation scheme and our club licensing criteria so that all clubs can aspire to a standardised tiered accreditation system.


How does the Football for All Club Excellence Mark work?

How can my club get involved?

Benefits & Incentives for Irish FA Club Excellence Club Mark holders

This page has been designed to offer clubs at all levels of the game in Northern Ireland direct access to templates, webinars and other resources which they can utilise to help them develop their provision.

Many of the resources available are designed as examples of best practice with a view to clubs improving their off field policies and structures.

The Irish Football Association’s Club & Volunteer Development unit are working tirelessly to improve the capacity of clubs nationwide using regional seminars, a range of short workshops and in particular through the rollout of the Club Excellence Mark accreditation.

The IFA Club & Community Development officer has worked closely with representatives from all major leagues to ensure all the resources below are specific to the needs of their clubs and as such, every club in the country can feel a benefit from one or more of the resources.

Find out the latest news within Club Development here.