FA Enhanced DBS Checks

The FA requires everyone who works or volunteers in children’s football and regularly cares for, trains, supervises or is in sole charge of children to apply for an FA DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

By completing a DBS Enhanced Disclosure Application, you are allowing The FA to have sight of any criminal record or non-conviction information that is held and released by the Police via the DBS process. This information may include outstanding prosecutions and relevant allegations of criminal behaviour. In line with the DBS Code of Practise, The FA may disclose this information to those involved in making a suitability decision. The FA may use any or all of this information to help decide your suitability to be involved with children or vulnerable adults in football.


  • All Associations running District or County representative teams must list all their managers and coaches during the affiliation process.
  • Every team must have a named coach/manager who has accepted FA Enhances DBS certificate.
  • Representative team managers and coaches who do not have an accepted FA Enhanced DBS must not be involved.
  • It is the responsibility of each Association to ensure the procedure is completed and adhered to.
  • Teams will be suspended and unable to play matches or train unless the manager and/or coaches are listed on the ESFA portal with an accepted FA Enhanced DBS.