Poor behaviour is not acceptable in grassroots or any level of football. Passion, emotion and excitement are fundamental, however, they must be shown in the right way.
Once again, we want to take the opportunity at the start of the season to set expectations on behaviour. We need stronger progress, from everyone involved, to protect the game we all love.
Within grassroots football, we have a number of existing tools to address poor behaviour and have strengthened our toolkit with the introduction of points deductions this season, to demonstrate how seriously we're taking the challenge to improve the current situation.
Repeat offences of serious misconduct will result in points deductions
We are introducing point deductions for teams across the grassroots game if their players or coaches commit repeated offences of serious misconduct, making clear to clubs that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.
Point deductions will apply to clubs at Step 7 and below of the men's game, and clubs across Tier 3 and below in the women's pyramid. They will be applied where there are cumulative incidents of serious misconduct. This could include acts of discrimination and assault or attempted assault, and physical contact or attempted physical contact against a match official.
Deductions will range from 3 to 12 points depending on the amount and severity of offences committed within a 12-month period.
View Guidelines Here
Discrimination will not be tolerated in our game
Alongside publishing a joint action plan with Kick it Out to tackle serious misconduct in the game, we will launch a new campaign to raise awareness of discriminatory behaviour and to encourage people to report it.
Report Discrimination Here
Sin Bins will be used to combat dissent
Temporary dismissals are issued at the discretion of referees as punishment for dissent and apply to all levels of grassroots football, including youth, veterans and disability. This season, we will continue to encourage and support referees to apply the use of sin bins, where appropriate, to tackle poor behaviour.