Misconduct Reporting



Whenever a Referee cautions or dismisses a player from the Field of Play or is reporting other forms of misconduct, he/she MUST report the incident or incidents within 2 days of the match (Sunday not included). This report must be submitted over the internet by Whole Game System or sent by first class mail addressed to the Discipline Team of the relevant County Association. The FA has launched the Whole Game System to make the process of reporting discipline easier. The online portal, accessed by using your FAN number or Email Address and password, pre-populates your match data so that you can submit discipline reports via the internet 24/7, using handheld mobile and tablet devices too. More information about submitting your discipline reports through the Whole Game System rather than by E-Mail can be found on our Whole Game System Help desk or at The FA's website. To log in to Whole Game System please have your FAN number and password ready, then log in here at https://wholegame.thefa.com to begin the process.


Neutral Assistant Referees shall, where the referee has dismissed a player from the Field of Play or is reporting other forms of misconduct prepare and submit a report in a similar fashion as the match referee if they have been involved. A record should be kept of cautions issued in case the Association requires the Assistant Referee to submit a report.


Referees and Neutral Assistant Referees must attend Personal Hearings when required so to do under County Rules. If a Referee or Assistant Referee fails to attend he shall be reported to the appropriate authority. Match Official appointments at Contributory League Level or above, already received, take precedence over requests to attend Personal Hearings. However, any Referee having accepted a request to attend a Personal Hearing is then required to close the date with all appropriate Competitions. For more information please see the ‘Referees Guide to Personal Hearings’ available here.


Please ensure the instructions are followed and the offence (C1 to C7) is inserted. If you are reporting a C1 offence, please ensure you enter the FA Code to define the sub-category of offence (such as Foul Tackle, or Handball).


This should be used for reporting dismissals and also to be used to report a player receiving two cautions in a match. Please ensure your report is clear, accurate and contains all of the language used.


If you need to report misconduct outside of a caution or red card, please use the Extraordinary Incident Report form via Whole Game System. Please ensure your report is clear, accurate and contains all of the language used. For help with reporting misconduct, please consult The FA’s guide to reporting misconduct by clicking here

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