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The RAF FA is responsible for ensuring that the Rules and Regulations of The FA and County FA are upheld and enforced.

Football is a game for all and the RAF FA is determined to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for anyone who wishes to play, coach, officiate, administer, support or be involved in military football.

Discipline is a fundamental part of a successfully run Club.

The FA Discipline Handbook 2017-18

The Discipline Handbook 2017-18 is an online interactive reference guide to aid Leagues, Clubs and Players through the forthcoming season.

You can access the handbook by clicking on the following link: The FA Discipline Handbook 2017-18

The handbook will be a useful guide to explain the disciplinary process and details the changes that have taken place over the last few years – including match based discipline, sin bin trials, sanction guidelines, the whole game system and changes to handling discrimination. This year’s guide also includes videos and resources that will go into greater depth to explain the disciplinary process.


Introduction from Mark Ives, Disciplinary Manager
Sin Bin Trials
Eligibility of Players in Fixtures
Who is responsible for ensuring Players are not suspended before they play?
Wrongful Dismissals
Why have the RESPECT sanctions been introduced?
Player Insurance
Whole Game System
What steps are The FA Taking to improve handling of discrimination cases?
Reporting Discrimination - Grassroots Players and Supporters
Why do County FA's issue fines in youth football?
Sharing your ideas to improve grassroots football


Board of Appeal
Guide to the Appeals process
Standard Code of Rules Template
Standard Code of Rules Youth
Reporting Discrimination booklets for grassroots players and supporters
Sanction Guidelines - UPDATED for 2017-18


The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.