Premier Cup Referee

Season 18-19 Regulation Amendments

Stay on the right side of the regulations by familiarising yourself with the amendments for step 5 and below.

The Football Association has introduced a number of changes to the regulations for all clubs operating at Step 5 and below during the 2018-19 season.
The key changes include affecting male, female (below Women's Super League) and youth football include:
Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) – pilot extended to 60 Leagues nationally for the 2018-19 season.  All Leagues at Step 7 and below will use Temporary Dismissals for Dissent from the start of the 2019-20 season.  

County FA Discipline Commissions – changes to the personnel and qualifications required to sit on discipline commissions and production of Written Reason for specific cases.

Administration Fee – increased to £15 for non-caution offences

Competition Specific Sanctions for Cautions – applicable to FA Competitions up to and including Quarter Final rounds

Appealing a County FA decision – intention to appeal has been extended to 7 days from date of notification.  Formal submission is still required within 14 days from date of notification.

Mandatory minimum sanctions – minimum sanctions introduced for assaults, physical contact or threatening match officials.

Referee Reporting – removal of details reported by referees relating to dismissals. Whole Game will be amended by the FA to reflect changes on 15th August 2018.

Extraordinary Reports – requirement of referees to submit extraordinary reports separate to dismissal reports.
For further information, please download the Summary of Regulation Amendments below.

The FA Discipline Handbook for 2018-19, which will contain information on these changes as well as existing regulations, will be published shortly.

If you have any questions about these changes, please email