It is the responsibility of all to ensure that grassroots football is played in a fair and safe environment, so that all participants have the best possible experience of the game.

The Discipline Handbook 2017-18

The Discipline Handbook 2017-2018 is an online interactive reference guide to aid Leagues, Clubs and Players through the forthcoming season.

You can access the handbook by clicking on the following link: //www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/rules-of-the-association

The handbook will be a useful guide to explain the disciplinary process and details the changes that have taken place over the last few years – including match based discipline, sanction guidelines, the whole game system and changes to handling discrimination. This year’s guide also includes videos and resources that will go into greater depth to explain the disciplinary process.


  • Introduction from Mark Ives, Disciplinary Manager
  • Eligibility of Players in Fixtures
  • Who is responsible for ensuring Players are not suspended before they play?
  • Wrongful Dismissals
  • Why have the new RESPECT sanctions been introduced?
  • Player Insurance
  • What to expect when attending a County FA hearing
  • Whole Game System
  • What steps are The FA Taking to improve handling of discrimination cases?
  • Reporting Discrimination - Grassroots Players and Supporters
  • Why do County FA's issue fines in youth football?
  • Sharing your ideas to improve grassroots football


  • Caution Paperwork
  • Sending Off Paperwork
  • Board of Appeal
  • Guide to the Appeals process
  • Standard Code of Rules Template
  • Standard Code of Rules Youth
  • Reporting Discrimination booklets for grassroots players and supporters
  • Sanction Guidelines - UPDATED for 2017-18

There is also a Leagues section to provide guidance for administrators regarding the Powers and Duties of the League

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