As a player, you are bound by the regulations of the Football Association with regard to discipline.
Once a referee submits a report of misconduct, be that a caution, an on-field dismissal or an act of misconduct, they must report that to governing body that deals with and processes that incident.
Reports can be:
- an on field caution (yellow card)
- an on-field dismissal (either a straight red, or a red that follows from receiving a second yellow card)
Misconduct reports can take many forms:
- a report of misconduct, following a dismissal
- a report of misconduct that does not take place on the field of play
- reporting of misconduct, that may include written or social networking items.
- continuing on-field misconduct
From the commencement of the 2012/13 season, all football will use the Match Based Discipline (MBD) system. Football is seperated into the following categories for sanctioning:
Adult (Saturday), Adult (Sunday), Veterans, Midweek, Youth (Any Day), Schools and Representative.
A standard automatic sanction, which relates to on-field offences, will affect any one of these categories and will be from that type of football only. Misconduct sanctions will mean that a participant is suspended from ALL football, regardless of category.
All standard automatic sanctions will commence 21 days after the offence took place, regardless of submission of a referees report. It will therefore be the responsibility of each club to chase missing documents.
Guidance on the Match Based System can be found by clicking on the related link at the foot of this page.