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 began using the Match Based Discipline (MBD) system. Football is seperated into the following categories for sanctioning:
Saturday Football, Sunday Football, Veterans, Midweek, Friendly, 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.
From July 1st 2013, all standard automatic sanctions will commence 14 days after the offence occurred, regardless of submission of a referees report. It will therefore be the responsibility of each club to chase missing documents.
Youth football, which was previously a separate category, now falls within Saturday and Sunday football. This is a change to the regulations regarding MBD as of July 1st 2013.
There is also now a category of football called "friendly". Automatic sanctions from friendly football commence immediately after the offence date and are of one match duration, regardless of the offence. The sanctioning authority may also raise a further charge of E3 Improper Conduct, if they deem the original sanction to be clearly insufficient. Automatic sanctions from friendly football can only be served in friendly matches and are therefore carried over until the next available friendly fixture, regardless of timescale. A friendly category automatic sanction does not affect any of the other six categories. A charge if further misconduct may affect other football.
Guidance on the Match Based System can be found by within the FA DISCIPLINE HANDBOOK 2013/14