SANCTIONS ARE CHANGINGTHE FA ANTI-DOPING .The FA Anti-Doping Programme The FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations

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  • The FA Anti-Doping Programme

    1. Introduction 3

    2. The FA Anti-Doping Regulations 4

    3. What are the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)? 5

    4. Managing Inadvertent Doping Risks 7

    5. Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) 9

    6. Understand What Happens at a Test (Doping Control) 10

    7. Know Where to Look for Support and Advice 11

    8. Contact Details 12



  • The FA Anti-Doping Programme

    Please note that this document is not intended to be definitive and does not replace or alter the Anti-Doping Regulations (or Social Drugs Policy Regulations where these are referred to). All Participants* are subject to the terms of those Regulations, which can be found at In the event of any inconsistency between this guidance and The FAs Rules and Regulations, the Rules and Regulations apply.

    All footballers have the right to play football knowing that they, their team-mates and the opposition, have not been using banned substances (which are referred to as Prohibited Substances in the Anti-Doping Regulations).

    The FA supports drug free football and works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to ensure that the integrity of football is protected.

    The use of banned substances, particularly performance-enhancing drugs, and other doping behaviour severely damages the legitimacy of football and undermines the integrity of clean footballers.

    * Participant means an Affiliated Association, Competition, Club, Club Official, Intermediary, Player, Official, Match Official, Management Committee Member, Member or Employee of an affiliated Club and all such persons who are from time to time participating in any activity sanctioned either directly or indirectly by The FA.


    The aim of this document is to help to explain The FA Anti-Doping Regulations, as well as reinforce key Anti-Doping messages for those involved in football.


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    The FAs Anti-Doping Regulations are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code), which governs anti-doping internationally.

    Some points to note in the Anti-Doping Regulations are:

    o A positive test for any banned substance, including a Social Drug, on a match day is a breach of The FAs Anti-Doping regulations and can lead to a two or four year ban for a first offence.

    o Two new Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) Complicity and Prohibited Association have been introduced.

    o The time period for Whereabouts violations has been reduced to 12 months (from 18 months).

    o The time limit to issue a charge for an ADRV has increased from 8 to 10 years. (Players, coaches and officials can now be charged for breaches that occurred up to 10 years previously, rather than 8).

    o In line with professional Players in the Premier League, Championship, League 1 & League 2, Players competing in Professional Development League 1 (category 1 clubs) must now apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), prior to using or possessing a banned substance or method.

    WHAT IS STRICT LIABILITY?The principle of strict liability in the Anti-Doping Regulations means that all Players are strictly responsible for any banned substance or method that they use or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat.

    THE PROHIBITED LIST All banned substances and methods in football are outlined in the Prohibited List, which is published by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency). The list is updated at the beginning of every calendar year, and may also be updated throughout the year. The latest Prohibited List can be found on the WADA website and the FAs website at


    The FA Anti-Doping Social Drugs Poster


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    ADRVS SUMMARY (each of the following ADRVs apply to Players; the ADRVs in italics also apply to other Participants) -

    o Testing positive for a banned substance

    o Using, or attempting to use, a banned substance or method

    o Evading, refusing, or failing to provide a sample when requested

    o Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of the drug testing process

    o Possession of a banned substance or method

    o Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any banned substance or method

    o Administering, or attempted administering, of a banned substance or method to a Player

    o Complicity - (new from 12th July 2015). Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring in or covering up the commission of an ADRV

    o Prohibited Association - (new from 12th July 2015) working with a person such as a coach, doctor, physio or agent(or Intermediary) who is currently serving a ban for an anti-doping offence or has been convicted in criminal or disciplinary proceedings of conduct that would constitute an anti-doping offence.


    The FA Anti-Doping Regulations set out in full the ADRVs that are applicable in English football. The ADRVs are summarised opposite for ease of reference only. This summary is not intended to be definitive and the Regulations themselves should always be referred to for the full detail of the ADRVs.


  • The FA Anti-Doping Programme

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    SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES Committing any ADRV is serious, and significant bans from football apply if an ADRV is committed.

    The deliberate commission of an ADRV may well result in a four-year ban from football for a first offence. The regulations also have little sympathy for carelessness. For inadvertent doping, players may well face a two-year ban from the game. Participants should consult the Anti-Doping Regulations for the detail of the applicable penalties for ADRVs.

    SOCIAL DRUGS Social Drugs are banned at all times by The FA. As set out above, a positive test for a Social Drug on a match day is a breach of The FAs Anti-Doping regulations and can lead to a two or four year ban for a first offence.

    Where a Player tests positive for a Social Drug on a non-match day, for a first time offence this can lead to a ban from football for up to 3 months. Players should refer to The FA Social Drugs Policy Regulations in this respect. These can be found at

    MISCONDUCT In addition to the above ADRVs, Participants can also receive a ban from football if they are found to have committed any act of misconduct relating to anti-doping. In particular, Participants should be aware that the following constitutes misconduct (though misconduct is not limited to these circumstances):

    o Interference with the conduct of a drug test or any other aspect of the Anti-Doping programme. Full details of what constitutes interference can be found in the Anti-Doping Regulations.

    o A breach of the Whereabouts or Missed Test requirements (including a Player incurring 3 missed test strikes within a 12 month period). The detail of these requirements is set out in the Anti-Doping Regulations.

    All Participants must ensure they are aware of and comply with all anti-doping policies and rules and regulations.




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    UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING MEDICATION Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or bought over the counter) Players must check to make sure it does not contain any banned substances. Medications can be checked online at Global DRO It is important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country.

    KNOW THE RISKS WITH NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS The FA does not recommend that Players take supplements. Players are strongly advised to be very cautious if they choose to take any supplement such as vitamin tablets, energy drinks, or sport-nutrition formulas. This is because there is no guarantee that any supplement is free from banned substances.



  • The FA Anti-Doping Programme

    Players are advised to do the following before making a decision to use supplements:

    o Assess the need to use supplements by seeking advice from a medical professional or nutritionist

    o Assess the risks associated with supplements and undertake thorough research of all supplement products they are considering taking

    o Assess the consequences to their careers they could receive a four-year ban

    If a Player chooses to take supplements, supplement risks can be reduced by:

    o Undertaking thorough internet research (evidence of any such research should be kept)

    o Only using batch-tested products

    o Checking to see whether the product is listed on Informed-Sport (which is a risk minimisation programme)

    The UKAD website has further information on supplements including information on the Infor