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Where to find the answers to your grassroots football questions ahead of the 2022-23 season

Got questions ahead of the new season? Here’s where to find the answers on everything from changes to the laws of the game through to discipline processes and more

With so many different things to get sorted as you prepare for a new football season, it can be hard to stay on top of all the details. To make life a little easier we’ve pulled together a number of useful resources for anyone looking to be up to date with the latest rules, regulations and guidance relating to grassroots football.

If you’ve got a burning question and don’t quite know where to look for the answer, the chances are it can probably be found following one of the links below. We'll keep updating this page as more information is released, so do keep checking back for updates.

Changes to the Laws of the Game

The FA have produced a summary of this year’s key law changes to help prepare clubs, managers, players, referees and spectators for the new season. 


The FA Handbook

The essential guide to the rules and regulations of football, The FA Handbook has been published every year since 1895, excluding the war years, and is an invaluable companion to people involved in football at all levels. 

Updated for 2022-23, any Rules and Regulations published in the electronic Handbook will now be in force, unless otherwise stated. The electronic version of the Handbook has a number of new features, including a search facility and the ability to generate a PDF of any section.


FA Technology Support

For even information and resources on how to get the most out of FA systems, from Full Time to the Matchday app take a look at the FA Grassroots Technology Support Portal and YouTube Channel which are packed with helpful tips and advice including useful videos that walk you through how to do many common tasks. They are also running a series of webinars over the summer covering everything from Full Time, Club Portal, Competition Portal and Matchday. To see available dates and book a place on one of these webinars visit this page.


Grassroots Disciplinary Guide

The Grassroots Disciplinary Guide (formerly the Essential Information for Clubs at Step 5 and Below) is an online interactive reference guide designed to aid Leagues, Clubs and Players throughout the season.

It is a useful guide to explain the disciplinary process the changes that have taken place over the last few years - including match based discipline, temporary dismissals, sanction guidelines, competition specific cautions and mandatory minimum sanctions.

This year’s guide also includes videos and resources that will go into greater depth to explain the disciplinary process. There is also a Leagues section to provide guidance for administrators regarding the Powers and Duties of the League.


Sanction Guidelines

The FA’s principle is that the sporting sanction should be consistent across ALL levels of the game and the fluctuating element would be the monetary sanction imposed to reflect the level of game. The Sanction Guidelines document enables clubs and players to be aware of the guidance given to County Associations and Disciplinary Commissions for when assessing and deciding on disciplinary cases.

This document will serve as a useful guide for Participants to have an awareness of likely sanction should the case against them be found proven.


Appeals Guidance

This document is designed to provide clubs and players with essential information when appealing a County FA decision to The FA. If a Club or individual wishes to appeal, we recommending reading through this document before submitting the intention to appeal.


Of course if the answers you seek can’t be found above, we’re always here to help.

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