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Ever wondered how the FA’s disciplinary processes work?

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

FA4Ever wondered how the FA’s disciplinary processes work? Why do some players successfully overturn red cards and others don’t? Mark Ives, Disciplinary Manager at the FA’s Governance Division, explains more below.

The Football Association has been busy over the past 12-months to relaunch the Rules and Governance website – with the main focus on you. Yes, you. The fan. The local club player. The referee whose whistle runs the game. The coach who gets the kids team ready for the time of their lives every Saturday morning. The fan behind the goal at Wembley celebrating England’s latest victory. We want everyone have better understanding of the role we all play in the governance of the game. 

Do you understand why some players get charged and others do not? Why some players successfully appeal and overturn a red card? What can football players bet on? How do people become Agents? What steps can we take to safeguard children in football? How do I improve my understanding on Equality issues? Who is subject to drugs testing? How do we ensure supporter safety? …. and many other topics.  You will find the answers to these and many other subjects on the site.

Key features include:

  • Rulebook Analysis – Graeme Le Saux presents a series of short videos to explain the decision making processes of the Governance Department. Using real game footage these videos help to explain why The FA does, or does not, take action for disciplinary issues.
  • Up to date Player Suspensions pages – see who will be missing this weekend’s matches.
  • Fair Play tables – are your team saints or sinners?
  • Club Discipline pages – full caution and dismissal records for your club.
  • Laws of the Game feature – covering 11-a-side, Futsal, and small sided football.
  • Key information on Safeguarding, Equality, Stadium Safety, Financial Regulation, Agents, and Anti-Doping.

Make sure you know your game by visiting

Mark Ives is Disciplinary Manager at the FA’s Governance Division.

Thanks to Manatari for the image reproduced under CC license.

The FSF blog is the space to challenge perceived wisdom, entertain readers and inform our members. The views expressed on this blog are those of the author – they don’t necessarily represent FSF policy and (pay attention journalists) shouldn’t be attributed to the FSF.

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