Sunday, October 1, 2023

Essex FA set to roll out discipline roadshow

THE Essex County FA are making participants aware of updated disciplinary guidance and the opportunity to attend an upcoming online Discipline Roadshow.

As preparations continue to usher in the start of the 2022/23 season, The FA have released an updated ‘Grassroots Disciplinary Guide’. This has been prepared to provide helpful guidance to clubs and participants on the disciplinary procedures within football administered by County FAs for the upcoming campaign.

It covers match-based discipline, regulation changes, hearings and the appeals process, and demonstrates how the FA Whole Game System can assist clubs and leagues with their day-to-day administration.  The guide can be accessed at

To complement this online document, The FA’s ‘County FA Disciplinary Sanction Guidelines’ have also been updated. The aim of this publication is to provide guidance on the types of sanctions a disciplinary commission can impose, whilst also covering key topics such as education sanctions, ground bans and mitigating/aggravating factors. This is also available at

Meanwhile, the Essex County FA and The FA would also like to invite participants to attend an online Discipline Roadshow on Thursday 21st July, commencing at 6:30pm. This event is open to club and league committee members and match officials, and it’s anticipated that it will last approximately 90-120 minutes. The topics which will be covered include:

  • Match Official Abuse (including regulations)
  • Aggravated Misconduct/Discrimination
  • Reporting Processes
  • E20 Abandonment Procedure(s)
  • Regional Discipline Panels
  • Performance/Case Load
  • Order of Precedence
  • The Matchday Environment

If you would like to attend, please complete the short registration form at This will enable the County FA to provide updates on any changes to the event and to send any relevant discipline or event-related information.

There is space on the form to ask any questions about the above topics, or any other discipline-related queries, in advance. Questions should not be specific to cases, to protect the participants and processes. Once the registration form has been completed, a link will be sent to attend the roadshow, which will take place using Microsoft Teams, during the week leading up to the event.

Roadshows have been offered to every County FA and, if this date isn’t convenient, please E-Mail to receive details of other events. This is a great opportunity to meet the Essex County FA Football Services Team and the FA Grassroots Discipline Department.


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