THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION EQUALITY POLICY
The Association is responsible for setting the standards and values to apply throughout football at
every level. Football is for everyone; it belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to
participate in it. The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that The FA is
equally accessible to all.
All Participants should abide and adhere to this Policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act
The Association’s commitment is to promote inclusion and to confront and eliminate discrimination
whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil
partnership race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and
maternity and to encourage equal opportunities.
This Policy is fully supported by the Board of The Association and the Director of Football Regulation
and Administration is responsible for the implementation of this policy.
The Association will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access
and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities.
The Association will not tolerate harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, abuse or
victimisation of a Participant, which for the purposes of this Policy and the actions and sanction
applicable is regarded as discrimination, whether physical or verbal. The Association will work to
ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
The Association commits itself to the immediate investigation of any allegation, when it is brought to
their attention, of discrimination and where such is found to be the case, The Association will require
that the practice stop and impose sanctions as appropriate.
The Association is committed to inclusion and anti-discrimination and raising awareness and
educating, investigating concerns and applying relevant and proportionate sanctions, campaigning,
achieving independently verified equality standards, widening diversity and representation and
promoting diverse role models are all key actions to promote inclusion and eradicate
discrimination within football.