FA DBS Check County Applicant Guidance

What is DBS?

As part of our safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible* roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.


They provide the framework and guidance for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in football and the leagues and clubs then have to implement this to ensure that those who are required to have checks done, do so.  


Activities that require a check (Eligibility)

* Eligibility is governed by legislation and government guidance. In brief this means, anyone aged 16 years or over who undertakes any unsupervised roles with children and young people under the age of 18.


These activities include managing, training, coaching and supervising as well as giving advice or guidance on well-being, caring for children or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or organisation. In youth football all coaches and managers must hold a current, FA accepted check. This is part of the affiliation criteria for youth football.

Anyone undertaking these activities in football MUST obtain a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record with Children’s Barred List Check.

How do I get started?

Visit https://gbg.onlinedisclosures.co.uk/Registration/Registration and select REGISTER from the login screen and enter the information requested, including:


Org PIN 102282

Org name 1London FA

Secret word Thames


Once registered you can then login using the above organisation PIN, your email address and password created as part of the registration process and commence your online DBS application. You will be asked for your National Insurance, Passport and Driving Licence numbers so please ensure you have this information ready.


Please ensure you provide your FAN in the Personal Reference Number field provided (if known).


Once completed and submitted you are required to provide proof of identity to your County FA Verifier Officer in support of your application. A list of County FA Verifiers is visible within the application. All Identity Documents (ID) must be original. The list of acceptable ID and an ID selection tool form part of the online application.


What happens next?

The County FA Verifier will verify your original Identity Documents (ID) and submit the application to The FA DBS where the application will be validated before progressing to the DBS for further processing. Upon completion, the DBS will issue you with a copy of the DBS Disclosure. The FA DBS will update their records and forward the Disclosure result to The FA.


How much does it cost, how do I pay?

Volunteer* fee: £10

Non-volunteer fee: £54


* A volunteer is defined as a person engaged in an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than or in addition to a close relative.


Non-club based roles: liaise with your County FA Verifier to confirm payment method. The County FA may ask you to pay online as part of the application process. If so, payment is via PayPal (credit and debit cards accepted). Payment is made once the verification process is complete. You can choose to pay later but your application will not be submitted for processing until payment has been made. Club based roles: Payment is via PayPal (credit and debit cards accepted). Payment is made once the verification process is complete. You can choose to pay later but your application will not be submitted for processing until payment has been made.


Use of DBS Enhanced Disclosure information by The FA

By completing an online DBS Enhanced Disclosure application the applicant is 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 Practice, 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 on your suitability to be involved with children or vulnerable adults in football.


Is it secure?

Yes. The online service is tested, approved, audited and used by several government

departments. Information security management: UKAS accredited, ISO 27,001:2005.


Require more information or help?

Should you require any further information regarding The FA DBS online service please email FAChecks@TheFA.com or ring 0845 210 8080


Or you can visit www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding/criminal-record-checks where there is more information to view.