Photography & Video Policy

There has been much speculation about who is allowed to take pictures of children (Under 18s) playing sport and in particular what parents/ carers are permitted to do.

To clarify, The FA actively encourages carers, coaches, spectators, players and local media to take appropriate images of children in football.

It is important to remember that the majority of images taken are appropriate and taken in good faith and that:

  • It is not an offence to take appropriate photographs in a public place even if asked not to do so.
  • No one has the right to decide who can and cannot take images on public land.
  • The land or facility owner can decide whether or not photography and or videoing at football activities will be permitted when carried out on private land. However individuals need to be made aware of this before being allowed access to the private property. If they do not comply then they maybe be asked to leave.

The issues that we must avoid are:

  • The inappropriate use, adaptation or copying of images for use on child abuse websites on the internet (often incorrectly referred to as pornography sites).
  • The identification of children when a photograph is accompanied by significant personal information that will assist a third party in identifying the child. This can lead, and has led, to children being ‘groomed’.
  • The identification and locating of children in inappropriate circumstances which include: (i) where a child has been removed from his/her family for their own safety; (ii) where restrictions on contact with one parent following a parental separation exist e.g. in domestic violence cases; (iii) in situations where a child may be a witness in criminal proceedings;
or (iv) other safeguarding children concerns.

To help to ensure the safety of children in football we must not:

1. Publish photographs with the full name(s) of the individual(s) featured unless we have written consent to do so and have informed the parents as to how the image will be used.

2. Use player profiles with pictures and detailed personal information on our website.

3. Use an image for something other than originally agreed e.g. other than photos for parents, club website, local press.

4. Allow images to be recorded in changing rooms, showers or toilets – this includes the use of mobile phones that record images.

If anyone has serious concerns about a possible child protection issue relating to the recording of images then call the Police. This action should only be taken where you believe that someone may be acting unlawfully or putting a child at risk.

To report potentially unlawful materials on the internet contact:
The Internet Watch Foundation Email: Telephone: 01223 237700
Fax the hotline: 01223 235921

The FA’s Case Management Team Email: Telephone: 0207 745 4787 Let’s make football safe – not sorry


  • Morgan Prestwich