Discipline Guide


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The Football Services Department at Surrey FA is responsible for pro-actively ensuring that the rules and regulations of The FA and Surrey FA are upheld and good discipline and fair-play in the grassroots game is enforced.

The online Surrey FA Handbook includes a detailed section on the discipline process so use this as your first port of call (click here to view the 2016/17 Surrey FA Handbook).

The FA have produced their own Handbook and Discipline Guide which is an online, interactive reference guide for the footballing community. The Handbook is designed to assist in understanding clubs responsibilities, reporting processes and how to complete forms which you may encounter.

The Handbook also explains the disciplinary process and details the changes that have taken place over the last few years – including match based discipline, sanction guidelines and changes to handling discrimination. There is also a Leagues section to provide guidance for administrators regarding the powers and duties of Surrey affiliated leagues.

To access The FA Guide / Handbook on Discipline simply click on the image below.

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Automatic suspensions generated from red cards and accumulated yellow cards now start 7 days after the match in which the offence is committed. So if you are sent off on the 1st August, your suspension starts on 8th August.

The threshold for appeals against County FA misconduct hearings are now removed (used to be 2 matches and/or £25) which now means any decision found proven against clubs and/or individuals can be appealed (a fee will be required).

Late fines will now be attributed as 25% of each invoice, not £20.00 per late item. So where a caution before increased from £10.00 to £30.00 if paid late, it will now increase to £12.50.

For a more updated overview of the regulation ammendments, please download this document from the FA Judicial Services Department.

The 2017/18 season will see the introduction of a ‘Temporary Dismissals’ (sin bin) pilot which will have 34 leagues from across the Country trialling a new system whereby players can be removed from the field of player for acts of dissent.

These changes are being used as a trial only and have been introduced to help reduce incidents of dissent and support The FA Respect campaign, as well as improving the match day experience for referees. 

The only Surrey FA affiliated league using the altered rules this season will be the Surrey Primary League, however some surrounding County leagues will also be using the trial.  Any clubs/teams who are not sure of their leagues rules relating to temporary dismissals should contact their league before the start of the season.

A review of the programme will be conducted by The FA and IFAB (International Football Association Board) to decide whether it will become mandatory across all leagues once the pilot finishes at the end of the season.

Some key things to be aware of:

  • This pilot is for the 2017/18 only (subject to review).
  • Dismissals will only apply to acts of dissent.

  • Training events for referees, clubs and players have already begun and further events will be communicated where necessary.

  • There will be no admin fee applied to any person entering the sin bin, their punishment is considered served on the day.

  • Sin bin’s will be recorded on the WGS and will count towards a clubs discipline points and a player’s season offence history.

The below grid should be used as a guide for interpretation of how temporary dismissals will be administered on match days.

There are unfortunately times when behaviour at all levels of football does not meet the expected standards set and as a result there might be a need for the County FA to investigate further.  We need everyone’s help to stamp out such behaviours and notify of us so  we can take action.

If you wish to report any incident of misconduct or discrimination please notify your club secretary, the referee (if possible) or contact the Surrey Discipline Team at discipline@surreyfa.com

Our friends at Grassroots Football (http://www.teamgrassroots.co.uk/) have been working with The FA to develop an app which allows players, coaches, parents and officials to anonymously report unacceptable behaviour which will then be forwarded to the respective County FA’s.  For more information and to download the app visit http://www.teamgrassroots.co.uk/report-it/

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For all general discipline enquiries please email the Football Services department on:

Tel: 01372 373 543

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