Roles and Responsibilities
An important part of the duties of a match official is to submit full details on all matters of misconduct, sendings off and cautions to the appropriate County Football Association.
Such reports should be submitted within 2 working days of the date of the game and Referee's are strongly encouraged to submit discipline online using the Whole Game System. The only exception to this is when officiating small sided football which cannot currently be submitted online.
Whole Game System
You can access the Whole Game System by clicking on this link - Whole Game System.
To log on simply enter either your email address or FAN Number together with your password. If you have forgotten your FAN, please click here and if you cannot remember your password you can retrieve it by clicking here.
Comprehensive instructions on how to report misconduct using the Whole Game System, including a step-by-step video taking you through the process, can be found on TheFA.com.
If you require any other assistance accessing Whole Game or submitting reports to us, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Governance Team on 01603 704050 or email Matt.Lemmon@NorfolkFA.com.
If you are unable to process your misconduct using the Whole Game System, paper reports will still be accepted and copies of the relevant documents can be found at the bottom of this page in both PDF and Excel formats.
Small Sided Football
There is a specific form for reporting sending off and misconduct offences in small sided football.
This form should be used to report:
1. Players receiving two blue cards in a game and therefore dismissed from the field of play.
2. Players sent off or other reports of misconduct, need to be reported individually on the Small Sided Football Disciplinary report form.
An electronic version of the Small Sided Football Disciplinary report form has been created in Microsoft Word and in pdf and is available by clicking the relevant document below. This will enable the referee to complete the form electronically and submit to the appropriate association by email (see details on form). The referee must have Microsoft Word installed in order for this form to work. Again, this will enable the referee to complete the form electronically and submit to the appropriate association by email.
When submitting a Small Sided Football Disciplinary report form, there should be three copies:
1. To be submitted to the competition organiser
2. To be kept by the Referee in the event of there being any queries or if a Personal Hearing is requested
3. To be submitted to the appropriate local County Association - only required for Red Card Type 2 and misconduct offences
Whenever a misconduct charge is raised, the matter is dealt with by a Disciplinary Commission. Such commissions can be either a non-personal hearing or a personal hearing.
If the individual or club charged requests a personal hearing, Referees and Assistant Referees are likely to be required to attend and must do so when requested.If a Referee or Assistant Referee fails to attend they shall be reported to the appropriate County FA. Any Referee having accepted a request to attend a Personal Hearing is then required to close the date with the Referee Appointments Officer and the East Anglian Referees' Pool.
If you are requested to attend a Personal Hearing and would like further information on what to expect please contact us and we will talk you through it.
In all cases when a misconduct case is considered, should the charge be found proven then the Commission shall be guided by the Sanction Guidelines published by the FA. Further details, including a link to the Sanctions Guidelines document can be found on the discipline page of this website.