Regulation Amendments 2017/18 Season

Find out which rules have changed

The FA have released their Regulation Amendments for the 2017/18 football season.

Click here to download the Regulation Amendments 2017/18 in full

This document is intended to provide a brief overview of the key Regulation Amendments for 2017/18 season for all Clubs operating at Step 5 and below (County FA football).

The key changes will include:
  • Separation of FA and County FA Offences - all suspensions imposed by a County FA will not affect a participant at Step 4 and above unless dispensation has been given by The FA for the suspension to cover all levels of the game.
  • Suspension start dates - automatic suspensions will commence seven days from the date of the offence.
  • Late payment and response update – information regarding fines and potential suspensions.
  • County FA discipline commissions – changes to the personnel and qualifications required to sit on discipline commissions.
  • Appealing a County FA decision – all decisions found proven can now be appealed by the participant.
  • Mandatory minimum sanctions – suspensions for assaults, physical contact or threatening match officials.
  • Serious offences and suspensions – automatic suspensions for all football and football related activity across County and potentially national levels.
  • Football debt recovery – A review of FDR procedures.
  • General updates.

Please refer to The FA or County FA handbook for the rule in its entirety and all other changes that may affect you.

This is not intended to replace the Association handbook.

In addition to this, the Discipline Handbook will be released in due course.