The Football Association and Kick it Out: Serious discipline cases in grassroots football

The Football Association partnered with Kick It Out and 2CV to launch a study establishing the volume and nature of occurring incidents in grassroots football, corroborate and understand the regional differences in England and how to address any issues, establish the barriers and motivations for reporting of serious discipline cases (SDCs), and provide strategic interventions to implement.


Within grassroots football, we have recorded an increase in numbers of serious discipline cases (SDCs) being reported. SDCs include: discrimination against a protected characteristic and physical contact/assault against a Match Official.

There was concern that not all cases are being reported, especially amongst participants from historically underrepresented ethnic communities. Unfortunately, the only evidence for this was anecdotal and so a robust study was needed.

We worked in partnership with Kick It Out (KIO) and 2CV, conducting a nationwide campaign talking to grassroots football participants. Followed up by interviews with County FAs and with participants who had experienced or witnessed...

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