Kent 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 will now receive match based suspensions are categorised as Saturday, Sunday, Midweek, Schools, Veterans, Representative and Friendly 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. 

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 2015-16

To help Clubs understand the procedures and regulations of both the Match Based and Period Based systems, an online interactive to aid Leagues, Clubs and Players through the forthcoming season can be downloaded by clicking HERE

If having read the handbook you have any questions with regards to the disciplinary procedures, please contact the Discipline Team at Kent FA on 01622 791850 or by emailing Discipline@kentfa.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

The following update has been collated to detail the definitive procedures regarding the processing of discipline by Kent FA as per Football Association regulations.



The Kent FA and The Football Association take all allegations of discriminatory abuse seriously and it is for these very reasons that we must conduct full and thorough investigations on each case reported.

For more information on how you can play your part in eradicating discrimination from the game click on the links below to download The FA's Reporting Discrimination booklets.

Reporting Discrimination - Players at Grassroots Level

Reporting Discrimination - Supporters at Grassroots Level

Please report any incidents of discrimination to disclipline@kentfa.com

For details of Discrimination Cases that have been dealt with click here.

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