Reporting Discrimination

How to report discrimination in the grassroots game

There are three ways to report discrimination in grassroots football

Last season we had over 2000 people like you on this page wanting to report an aggravated grassroots football incident and wondering if this is the right thing to do. Fortunately, many did and that gave us opportunities to challenge this behaviour and educate participants. 

One of our main objectives at The FA is to make the game free from discrimination and we can’t do this alone. We rely on people like you taking the time to report incidents and for that we want to say thank you.

This year, following a joint research piece with Kick It Out, we discovered that some people in our football community are not willing to report such incidents. 

Non-reporting makes it harder to reach this objective and we strongly encourage you to report any incident that you feel should be investigated. When we investigate incidents, we will raise a charge if we feel that there is sufficient evidence that, on the balance of probability, an offence occurred.  Over 60% of charges lead to a proven outcome with resulting sanctions against the offending party. 

We have put together the form below for you to complete and detail the incident that you would like to report. This is a comprehensive form to ensure we have all the information we need to investigate this thoroughly and to capture this information as close to the incident as possible whilst memories are fresh. This allows us the best chance of success in investigating the incident and potentially raising a charge. 

You may of course not wish to seek disciplinary action and charges. If that is the case, please tell us what your preferred outcome is. Even if that is the case, capturing the incident is important.   

Some of the fields are mandatory and these are indicated with a red Asterix *  

When you are detailing the incident, it is important that you give us the words used in full - as unsavoury as this maybe, - as well need to ensure there is no opportunity for misinterpretation.   

Forms are not for everyone, and we understand that, if you have difficulties with forms, we will be able to offer you other ways to report the incident.  Please contact your County FA and speak with the discipline team to find out how we can accommodate you.  A list of County FA contact numbers can be found here.

Thank you once again for helping us make our game FOR ALL. 

To recap there are three options available:

  • To tell us as much as you can about a specific incident so we can investigate and potentially raise a charge
  • Anonymously inform us of something so that we are made aware of it
  • Inform us of something you are concerned about, and we will contact you to discuss further, so you can understand your options

If you’ve been the victim or witnessed an incident of discrimination in grassroots or disability football, there are three ways to report it:

Complete the online form you’ll find here, which also goes to your County FA.
Contact your County FA directly. A full list of County FAs and contact details can be found here
To Kick It Out through their online reporting form or via their reporting app available on both iOS and Android. Alternatively, email Kick It Out at 

Tell us and we’ll tackle it.

Please note:
If the incident occurs outside ‘organised’ football (i.e. in competitions affiliated to the County FA), the County FA can still advise on what your next steps should be.