Shropshire FA is responsible for maintaining discipline at grass roots level and abides by the procedures issued annually by the Football Association.

The FA Council has confirmed that from the start of season 2012/13 all football types, with the exception of small sided football, will receive match based suspensions. The types of football that wil now receive match based suspensions are categorised as Saturday, Sunday, Midweek, Youth, Schools, Veterans and Representative Football.

So what does this mean for you?

This new approach will improve the consistency of sanctions throughout all levels of the game across the country and ensure suspensions that are imposed on players are fair and in proportion to the offence they have been charged with.

A match based suspension for a standard charge (straight red card, 2x yellow card) in any of the types of football will only result in a suspension from that type, the individual will be free to participate in all other types during the suspension. The only exception is in the case of misconduct charges which result in suspensions from all football. There is now no option to appeal against a Standard Charge.

The suspensions and fines for 2012-13 are as follows: 

  Below NLS  

  Step  5 to 7


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 

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.

The FA Discipline Handbook

To help Clubs understand the procedures and regulations of both the Match Based and Period Based systems, an information handbook has been produced and can be downloaded below.

If having read the handbook, match based discipline key notes and match based discipline FAQ’s you have any questions with regards to the disciplinary procedures, please contact Janet Highfield, Governance & Disciplinary Administrator at Shropshire FA on 01743 362769 or by emailing discipline@shropshirefa.com 


Response timeframes for cases can vary depending on the type of charge, please check the response date on all correspondence received. Below is a brief guide to the response timeframes. 

Cautions                         =             14 days to respond
Misconduct Charges       =             14 days to respond
Standard Charges           =             7 days to respond

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