Club Development Information

National Club Accreditation Scheme (NCAS)

What is the NCAS?
The National Club Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is a program that aims to raise the standards of grassroots football clubs by recognising and rewarding clubs that have, or put in place, measures which ultimately contributes to quality football experiences for players, volunteers and parents.

Fundamentally, clubs play the key role in the development of football in Australia. In order to raise the overall standard of club administration at all levels of the game, a clear model that identifies and recognizes best practice in all areas of club administration will be rolled out across Australia.

The NCAS will provide an accreditation rating scheme for grassroots football clubs as identified in the National Game Development Strategy. This will set guidelines and criteria for best-practice models which can be replicated in clubs throughout the country.

Similar programs and initiatives have been delivered by a number of National Sporting Organisations in Australia, by the Football Association in the United Kingdom, as well as by other major European football nations. These club accreditation initiatives have successfully raised standards at the grassroots level and assisted in developing a greater connection between clubs and their National Sporting Organisations.

Who is the NCAS aimed at?
Community or grassroots football clubs currently constitute 92% of all clubs involved in football delivery. These are clubs whose primary focus is on providing opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to enjoy football. Only clubs who are currently registered with FFA through the MyFootballClub system will be eligible to apply for accreditation through the NCAS.

Benefits for Clubs
• Assisting Member Federations to better support clubs, by facilitating a process which encourages greater engagement with clubs.
• Enabling Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Member Federations to provide direct guidance to clubs relating to Football delivery
• Bringing together all elements of Game Development including coach education, volunteer development, refereeing, MiniRoos, good governance and the National Curriculum.
• Promoting use of the MyFootballClub system which will lead to more accurate records nationally of those involved in our game in all capacities.
• Directly assisting clubs to sustain and increase football participation
• Promoting and raising the profile of quality clubs across Australia
• Attracting sponsors
• Attracting volunteers
• Increasing credibility in the community
• Priority access to any future funding opportunities through FFA

Application Process
There are four levels within the NCAS, with clubs progressing from Level 1, up to Level 4.

The levels are depicted with stars and each level having its own logo. Logos are differentiated by colour and design to easily identify what level a club is at.

One star is used to indicate football’s minimum standards through the NCAS, whilst four stars indicate the maximum standard.

Member Federations will work with clubs to ensure any applications along with the required additional documentation submitted to FFA are practical and complete.

Step 1: Club downloads the relevant application form
Step 2: Club gathers required documentation to support application
Step 3: Member Federation and Club work to finalise application
Step 4: Application submitted to Member Federation to submit to FFA for assessment
Step 5: FFA advises club and Member Federation on success of application and sends Certificate and Logo.

FFA will assess all applications and provide final endorsement for the accreditation.

There will be two application windows where FFA will accept applications from Member Federations for clubs within their region.

Upon achieving NCAS accreditation club will receive a NCAS Certificate of Accreditation as well as an electronic NCAS logo relevant to the level achieved, which can be used in club promotion.

For more information on the application process contact Football Federation SA
For resources relating to the NCAS visit the RESOURCE HUB.

Resources to help you run your club
Good governance practices are essential for any organisation to be able to function effectively.

Football Federations is committed to assisting and supporting affiliated clubs and associations to develop and implement good governance practices and to strive for continual improvement.

Football Federation SA pro-actively encourages all clubs and associations to register and work through the STARCLUB Club Development Program.

STARCLUB – Club Development Program.
A STARCLUB is a well-run club where quality coaches and officials work alongside valued volunteers in a safe and welcoming environment.

• The STARCLUB – Club Development Program has been designed for use by sport and active recreation clubs of all sizes. The program will be valuable for your club whether you believe your club is already a STARCLUB or has some work to do. It is free and open to all sport and recreation organisations to participate in.

• Information in the STARCLUB program is specific to current South Australian legislation and is updated regularly to reflect state and national best practice in club development.

The introduction of the STARCLUB Recognition Program in 2015, allows clubs to go the extra yard and become better recognised by the government and other organisations that value the role well-run clubs can play in our community.

• The new ‘Sustainability’ section could significantly reduce your club running costs. While this section is not compulsory, we recommend you work through it to find better ways to manage your club’s water and energy bills, ground maintenance and finances.


Visit the SA Government’s Office for Recreation and Sport website for more Club Resources.