FA launch new match-based discipline system

A new match-based disciplinary system for adult football in England is being launched at Wembley Stadium this evening (6 June).

From the start of 2011/2012 season all suspensions in open-aged football in England will be based on a number of matches rather than a period of time, bringing amateur football in line with the professional game and the National League System.

The new regulations, which aim to improve the consistency of sanctions across England and ensure player suspensions are fair and in proportion to the offence they have been charged with, follow a successful trial in seven leagues over the last two seasons. All discipline in youth and small-sided football will remain time based.

Details of the new system will be outlined in a seminar at Wembley Stadium this evening, hosted by talkSPORT presenter Mark Saggers.

The two-hour event, which kicks off at 7pm, is available to watch online and will also provide viewers the opportunity to take part in a live Q&A.

If you would like to take part in the seminar you will need to register in advance, which you can do by clicking here.

The evening will also feature a quiz with two lucky winners receiving a pair of tickets to England’s next home game, against Holland on Wednesday 10 August.

Further details on the new system are available in The FA Discipline Handbook - Season 2011-12 and you can email any questions to MatchBased@TheFA.com.

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