AOTT Status

Adults other than Teachers

English Schools’ FA (ESFA) Competition Rules stipulate that:

All teams must be under the ultimate control of either:

  1. A practising teacher

(recognised as such by the Department for Education)


  1. A retired teacher or a present or past employee of the education service,

who has received direct approval in writing from the appropriate local or county association, to undertake such responsibilities.


  1. A person who has direct approval in writing from the appropriate county or local association WHO
  • Has at least a level 1 FA coaching qualification
  • Has undergone a (FA DBS) Criminal Records Bureau Check (payment for which is the responsibility of the individual or local/county Schools’ Football Association)

Any Association wishing to use an individual qualifying to have ultimate control of a team under (Section iii) working without the presence of a teacher/retired teacher/past or present member of the Education Services MUST for insurance purposes register the individual(s) with the ESFA. This registration must be done on an annual basis and approval may be withdrawn at any time by the ESFA, or the county or the local Schools’ Football Association.

Any person assisting with or coaching a team must otherwise operate in the presence of a person who is qualified under (i) or (ii) above.