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Independent Members Required for Football Disciplinary Commission Panels

Northamptonshire FA is seeking volunteers to become Independent Members to sit on its Football Disciplinary Commission panels.

We are looking for individuals to help ensure our football disciplinary commission panels are seen as independent and also diverse to better reflect the population of the county.

Whether you are a coach, player, league official, club official, referee or just a football fan, we would love to hear from you.

What is a disciplinary commission?

A Disciplinary Commission is convened to consider all football misconduct charges whether the response to the charge is accepted or denied. A misconduct charge is issued where an incident reported which does not fall under standard dismissal offences, or is a serious offence.

For example, a participant can be charged with misconduct following being sent off during the game, but then directs abusive comments towards the referee.

There are three main types of hearing:

Personal Hearing: For when the participant pleads not guilty. Attended by the person charged together with witnesses for both the County FA and the participant/club charged

Non-Personal Hearings: All evidence is presented to a panel in paper format for the commission to review. This is the most common type of hearing

Verbal Plea: For when the participant pleads guilty. Attended by just the participant charged.

Hearings provide an opportunity for all evidence to be reviewed and any witnesses to be questioned and their evidence considered. The panel then make a decision, on the balance of probabilities, as to whether the charge is proven or not. And if proven, what sanction should be imposed. Discipline panels consist of a chairman, two panel members and a secretary, each with slightly different roles and responsibilities.

How to apply

Please complete the application form below, by no later than Friday 12 April 2019, and return to: Harley Collyer, Northants FA, 9 Duncan Close, Red House Square, Moulton Park, NN3 6WL or

Successful applicants will be contacted to attend a training event held at Northamptonshire FA.

As part of Northamptonshire FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standards we require all successful candidates to commit to completing a FA Criminal Records Check and FA Safeguarding Workshop within six months of being appointed.