Adult Discipline

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Most people see the Discipline side of the County FA as a 'money making' exercise. The role of the Football Operations Team is to ensure that the Rules and Regulations of The FA and County FA are upheld and to enforce good discipline and fair-play in the grassroots game and to assist and offer guidance where appropriate.

The Handbook has been designed to help clubs understand the discipline process, how to complete the forms and the timescales involved. All forms must be returned, completed correctly along with the correct monies or you run the risk of further charges.

It is the duty of the club secretary and the player to ensure that the Association receives the completed player reply form with such information that includes:

(a) The full name and address of the player.
(b) His date of birth (and other personal identification data requested).
(c) The name of each club for which he is currently registered and was registered in
the previous two seasons.

Caution Offences

A player, who has been cautioned in a match, will be notified through his Club by the Association of the offence reported by the Referee.

At the same time he will be advised of the total number of cautions recorded during the current season and, any punishment resulting from their accumulation. An administration fee of £10.00 will be charged for the processing of each report. For each caution received a player will be subject to one penalty point. Any such punishment will take effect regardless of whether or not the notification of it from The Association is received before it is due to take effect in accordance with these Disciplinary Procedures.

Sending Off Offences

A player who has been sent off in a match under the provisions of Law 12 will be notified through his Club by the Association of the offence reported by the Referee, and at the same time advised that he will be subject to the agreed automatic punishment. An administration fee of £10.00 will be charged for the processing of each report.

Any period of suspension automatically imposed for a dismissal from the field of play will commence 14 days from the date of the offence irrespective of whether paperwork has been received from the relevant Association.

The Club Secretary must make the Player aware of the applicable Standard Punishment where an automatic sanction applies. The Club Secretary must sign and return the reply form to the appropriate Affiliated Association by the response date. By signing the form the Club Secretary is confirming that he has made the Player so aware.

For more information regarding youth discipline please contact the Governance team on 01332 361422 (option 3).

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