The Nottinghamshire Schools’ F.A. has disciplinary responsibility in:
(a) All Inter-Association matches involving Local Associations affiliated to the Nottinghamshire Schools’ F.A. except where a higher body (E.S.F.A.) has responsibility.
(b) Inter-Association matches in County competitions.
(c) Inter-school matches in County Cups.
(d) Inter-school matches where the two schools are members of different Associations.
Sanctions for disciplinary offences:
(a) For a first or second caution in a season, the Association recommends that a player is interviewed by the Headteacher or a designated member of staff of the school they attend.
(b) For a subsequent caution in the same season, a one match suspension will be administered.
*There is no appeal against cautions except in the case of mistaken identity.*
(c) If a player is sent from the field of play, a post dated period of suspension may be imposed as follows:
1 match suspension:
Denying a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by foul play or by deliberately handling the ball.
2 match suspension:
(i) Use of offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
(ii) Serious foul play.
3 match suspension:
(iii) Violent conduct.
(iv) Use of offensive or insulting or abusive language or gestures directed at Match Officials.
The following offences will carry a minimum of a 3 match suspension
(v) Spitting or other unseemly behaviour directed at an opponent or any other person.
(vi) Head to Head butting or attempted Head to Head butting or butting other parts of the body.
(vii) Refusing to give a name to the referee when ordered to do so or the giving of a false name.
(viii) Refusing to leave the field of play when ordered to do so and/or causing the match to be abandoned.
(ix) Threatening Match Officials.
(d) Procedure for Sending Off Offences
The referee’s report shall form the basis of a charge of misconduct against the player. The player may, within fourteen days of receiving the charge, take one of the following courses of action:
(i) Accept the charge and the standard recommended punishment.
(ii) Accept the charge but not the standard recommended punishment. In this case, the player shall submit a written plea in mitigation.
(iii) Reject the charge and request a personal hearing.