For Players

ESFA Safeguarding resources for U18s and their parents/carers

Welcome to our designated page for ESFA players. The Association has hundreds of thousands of children and young people taking part in competitive fixtures through their school, their district or their county association each season. We want to make sure that each and every one of them and/or their parents or carers have access to our safeguarding information – to help them to feel safe when taking part in the sport that they love

What is safeguarding?

Protecting your health and well-being is really important to us, we call it ‘safeguarding’.

We want to make sure all of our players are safe while they are involved in schools’ football, because everyone has the right to feel safe, wherever they are.

Safeguarding children while they’re taking part in footballing activity is everyone’s responsibility.

We have put together some documents that you can read to help you to understand more about safeguarding, why it’s important and what you can do if you need to get help –

ESFA safeguarding guide for primary age players

ESFA safeguarding guide for secondary age players

Download your own safeguarding card

You can download and print your own safeguarding card and write on the information for your local team or Association.

Keep it safe to stay safe.


We will continue to add resources to help you to understand safeguarding, how it affects you and how you can use it to help others and yourself.

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