Players should assess the need, risks and consequences before taking any supplement

Taking Nutritional Supplements

A Player is responsible for anything found in their system, regardless of how it got there or whether there is any intention to cheat. All Players and other Participants should make themselves aware of the risks, so they don’t receive an unintentional ban from playing. 

The FA always advises a food first approach to nutrition, as there are no guarantees that any supplement product is free from banned substances. Players can support their training and progress towards their targets by eating nutritious food. With a bit of planning, it is possible to eat a healthy diet made up of a variety of food types at the right time, and in the right quantities. 

Players should assess the need, the risks and the consequences before deciding to take a supplement, and if they need to use one, visit the Informed Sport website* to check whether supplements have been batch-tested. More advice on managing supplement risks can be found on UKAD’s Supplement Hub here and in the Essential Information For Players guides in the resources below.

*The FA supports the Informed-Sport programme however The FA accepts no liability for the contents of supplements tested by Informed-Sport or similar accreditation programmes.