Match Based Discipline

All discipline will be match based suspensions depending on the type of football played (e.g. Saturday, Sunday, Midweek, Youth). This ensures the consistency of sanctions throughout all levels of the game across the Country and mean that suspensions that are imposed on players are fair and in proportion to the offence they have been charged with.

If a player is sent off, he/she will be suspended 14 days after the date of the game. Please note there is no right of appeal for a standard sending off offence. This suspension will be from the type of football you were playing only. So if you get sent off playing for a Saturday team, you will only be suspended from Saturday football. Likewise, if you get sent off on a Sunday, you will only be suspended from Sunday football, and if you get sent off playing a youth fixture, you will only be suspended for youth football.

The suspensions and fines for 2015-16 are as follows: 

 

Below NLS

Step 5 - 7

Standard Charges

Fine

Suspension (Matches)

Fine

Suspension (Matches)

Serious Foul Play

£25.00

3

£40.00

3

Violent Conduct

£25.00

3

£40.00

3

Spitting

£50.00

6

£50.00

6

Denying a goal scoring opportunity

£15.00

1

£20.00

1

Abusive/Offensive Language

£25.00

2

£30.00

2

2nd Caution

£15.00

1

£20.00

1

Qualifying matches for suspension can only be for the team whom the player was playing for at the time they were sent off. If a club operates a number of teams and is dismissed from one team, that player is unable to participate until the team he/she were sent off for play the appropriate number of games relevant to the players suspension. E.g, a player is sent off playing for the first team, the player is unable to play for the reserves or any other team until the first team have played the number of qualifying matches that relates to the players suspension.

The following competitions will qualify for a player to serve his/her suspension:

  • League matches
  • League cup matches
  • Team's most senior county cup matches
  • FA competitions

There are no appeals against a standard charge, personal hearings will not take place if a player receives a red card. If you believe that you have a claim of wrongful dismissal or a claim of mistaken identity you must adhere to the procedures in the County Handbook.

If you receive a misconduct charge (case number ending in M) these do not carry set suspensions. These type of cases are heard by a Discipline Commission who decide on appropriate suspensions and/or fine. Any suspension issued as a result of a Misconduct charge will be from ALL FOOTBALL. Please ensure that you respond to this charge as soon as possible, to ensure that the case can be heard as quickly as possible.

 

Further Information

For further details relating to suspensions, please see the FA Discipline Handbook or look at the Match Based frequently asked questions. If you still require assistance, please contact either Vicky Collins (vicky.collins@staffordshirefa.com) or Joanne Adams (joanne.adams@staffordshirefa.com).

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