MATCH-BASED SUSPENSION PROCEDURE
As of next season (2011-12), The FA will be introducing Match Based Discipline to all Clubs who participate in open aged 11-a-side football in England.
The move will mean that players at a local level will now receive the same sanctions as players in the Premier League and Football Leagues, based on numbers of matches rather than a period of time.
Throughout the last five seasons, Match Based Discipline has been operating at Steps 5 and 6 – predominantly regional league structures – in the National League System and was extended to Step 7 – county and local football – last season.
A pilot scheme, which has run for the last two seasons across Saturday and Sunday football, has seen the implementation gratefully received and The FA will now be extending the Match Based system to those outside of the National League structure.
The FA Disciplinary Manager, Mark Ives, who will oversee the roll-out, commented: “This is a fantastic move forward for football at local level, made possible by the hard work and commitment of those County Football Associations and the seven Leagues associated with the trials.
“In short, this will mean that any player sent from the field of play in adult football will receive sporting sanctions the same as those received at the top flight, based on numbers of matches rather than a fixed period of time. The effect on this is a fairer and consistent sanction for all.”
Working with the media and County Football Association’s (CFA’s), the implementation of this system will be advertised widely, whilst County FA’s will be attending League meetings to talk directly to Clubs so as to inform them of the upcoming changes and how it affect everyone involved.
This will enable Clubs to receive the latest information and be informed of the new Regulations, and know what is to be expected of them moving forward.
The FA will be hosting an online training event on Monday 6 June 2011, where Clubs, Leagues, players and match officials will be able to register and login to view a live video feed of the event, that will be hosted at Wembley Stadium.
This will include the opportunity to also view the presentation and ask questions regarding the system to the Discipline Manager and a select panel of experts. More information surrounding this event will be released shortly.
An FA Discipline Handbook has also been produced and will be released to all Clubs to assist with the running of the Club, and in the first instance is a learning tool also for the new system and what is required of a Club Secretary through its implementation.
More information surrounding the release of information and launch will be issued in due course, so please keep checking www.TheFA.com for further information.