Data Protection Guidance

A document on Data Protection Guidance, following recent changes to the law, can be found and downloaded below

Updated Complaints Policy

Please note, we have added an updated version of the ESFA's complaints procedure in line with changes to the General Data Protection Regulations.

3G and 4G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs)

The FA has changed the standard code of rules regarding the use of 3G FTP’s. The rules will become effective from 2014/15 season and provided a football turf pitch (FTP) has been tested and appears on The FA Register it will be allowed to be used for match play in all competitions outside the National League System (NLS) i.e. Step 7 and below including Women’s and Youth Football.

A copy of the test report will need to be sent to The FA so they can review and determine if the pitch is suitable for competitive play. If suitable the pitch will be added to the national register and the facility operator, County FA and Leagues will be notified of this. If not suitable then the site should not be used for competitive play until remedial work has been undertaken and another test performed. NB a pitch may still be suitable for training even if it is deemed unsuitable for match play. If a pitch needs to be re tested and this is not done on the same day, there will be an additional charge.

The pitch will need to be tested every three years to remain on the register.

If you think a pitch has already been tested, then please send the certificate or test information to the FA ( and if approved, the pitch will be added to the register. The FA will remind operators of the need to re test approximately 6 months before the due date.

The FA FTP Register can be viewed at–

Some FAQs regarding 3G FTPs can be downloaded below.

3G Football Turf Pitch Testing Flowchart

Following the inclement weather across the Country recently we have
received a number of enquiries relating to allowing affiliated matches on 3G
pitches that do not currently appear on the 3G register. The FA Facilities and
Investment Team have produced the attached flowchart to help
Counties/Clubs/Leagues and operators understand the process and allow pitches to
be used if they do not currently have a test report.

The 3G Testing Process Flowchart can be downloaded below.

Using Technology to Support Football

The FA have recently published a guide containing summaries of technology considered useful for supporting the game and some of the apps/software in it may be useful for you. You can find the guide below entitled 'using Technology to Support Football'.


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