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Football is open and accessible for all

The FA and CFAs are here to ensure everyone who is involved in football has a great experience – regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age. Both The FA and the County FAs are working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the game.

We will all work together on our inclusion priorities over the coming years. These are underpinned by three principles of change:

  • ensuring governance and leadership is diverse and modern;
  • removing any obstacles to access and progression in coaching, talent development or personal development pathways; and
  • enshrining equality, diversity and inclusion in our day to day operations.

In order to make a difference, The FA is running and supporting leadership programmes for women, BAME and young people and will adhere to the Government’s code for governance in sport. We will also examine pathways and promote inclusion and access for coaches, welfare officers, club officials, league officials, players, coaches and tutors; and we will challenge ourselves with measurable targets that deliver on diversity and inclusion outcomes. We will also work with a variety of stakeholders on topics such as mental health and LGB&T to ensure that people feel safe and included in football.

Meanwhile, there also many programmes across football which support our aims as part of The FA and County FAs wider inclusion programmes which we will continue to deliver. Our disability football programmes are some of the best in the world; we have an Asian football plan called ‘Bringing Opportunities to Communities’; our women’s strategy ‘Gameplan for Growth’ aims to double female participation by 2020; and we continue to work to encourage football across different faiths and communities. You can find out about these and many more on The FA’s website.


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Discrimination has no place in football. If you see it, you should report it.

If you've been the victim of, or witnessed, discrimination at any level, you should report it so that action can be taken to improve the safety and inclusivity of football for all.

Reporting discrimination is simple. Follow the steps below:

 Step 1 

Click the button below to open the FA's form for reporting discrimination .



 Step 2 

Complete the form, providing as much detail as possible to help our team investigate further. If you need any assistance in this process, please email 



Once you have submitted the form, our team at Royal Navy FA work closely with The FA to review the information that you have provided and investigate further. You can find out more information about the investigation process here.

Every single report is taken seriously, reviewed efficiently, investigated thoroughly, and treated sensitively.

Royal Navy FA will get in touch when there is an update on your case. Timelines for this process can vary depending on the complexity and priority level of a case. If you would like an update on this at any stage, please email 

When the investigation process has finished, Royal Navy FA will inform you of the outcome:

  • If there is insufficient evidence to determine whether a case is likely to succeed, there may be no further action. This is why it’s important that you complete the report form in as much detail as possible: this will help our team gather evidence.
  • If there is sufficient evidence to charge, the case will then go to a hearing and a Discipline Commission will determine whether the case is 'Proven' or 'Not Proven'.

The Royal Navy FA will not tolerate discrimination. Punishments for proven cases reflect this. 

For any proven case, the person responsible would receive a suspension, fine and be required to undertake a mandatory education programme.

If at any stage throughout this process, even before submitting a report, you want to discuss a problem or query, you can contact any of the below:

Steve Johnson (Royal Navy FA CEO)

Pete Gamble (Royal Navy FA Secretary)


Please Note: Our team will not be able to discuss any specific details relevant to an ongoing investigation. This is in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation. However, they will be able to answer any questions that you may have about the process and expected timelines.

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