The FA Discipline Handbook

The FA Discipline Handbook 2013/14 is now available. Please note, there are some signficant changes to the Disciplinary process for the 2013/14 season. They affect Youth football in particular, as well as some changes to the way suspensions are issued and the tiomescales invloved.

To view the interactive online version of the FA Discipline Handbook, please click HERE

The video gives a clear runthrough for Clubs, Players and Leagues on how the Discipline process works.

It is worth noting that there are some significant changes from the previous guidlines, notably:

  • All standard automatic sanctions start FOURTEEN days after the fixture in which the offence took place (previously 21 days)
  • Youth Football is now categorised by day, meaning that there are now SEVEN match type categories:

The SANCTION GUIDELINES for misconduct cases are now published in the Handbook. This will help clubs and players understand what sanction they could receive for any given charge.

It highlights the process from start to finish and gives guidance on the following:

  • The difference between a Standard  and a Misconduct Charge
  • The response to paperwork and timescales
  • The charging and appeals procedure
  • The implimentation of the Match Based Discipline System
  • What games qualify for suspension
  • Guidance for League Sanctioning


Alternatively, you can view it as a PDF document by clicking the document link below.

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