Cautions, Send Offs & Reports

Caution Codes

Y1 Unsporting behaviour
Y2 Dissent by word or action
Y3 Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
Y4 Delaying the restart of play
Y5 Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in
Y6 Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission
Y7 Deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission

Send Off Codes

R1 Serious foul play
R2 Violent Conduct
R3 Spitting at an opponent or any other person
R4 Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
R5 Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
R6 Using offensive insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
R7 Receiving a second caution in the same match

Send Off Reports

Send off reports must be submitted by the referee for all send off offences.

Send off reports are only required to be submitted by Assistant Referees (and 4th Officials) for offences identified in the below table.

However, if the referee has sent off the player on advice from an Assistant Referee (or 4th Official) then the Assistant Referee (or 4th Official) must also submit a send off report.

 RefereeAssistant Referee & 4th Official

Incident Reports

Incident reports are used by MDFRA to make MFA aware of certain events during a match. Examples include;

  • Serious injuries, ie; an ambulance is called
  • Abandoning a match, such as a team not showing up, floodlight failure, the field of play not fit for play etc.
  • A sent off player (or team official) continues to cause issues after being shown a red card

Reports Committee

The MDFRA has a Reports Committee in place to oversee the reports submission process. The Reports Committee compiles the reports and send them to MFA, as well as attending the judiciary to provide advice on the laws of the game. If you need to contact the reports committee, they share the following email address: reports@mdfra.com.au

The reports committee comprises of:

  • Daniel Zautsen (Chair)
  • Chris Codling (Deputy-Chair)
  • Steve Ellsmore
  • Doug Brennan

Send Off & Incident Report Submission

Send off reports must be submitted using the send off report form available at the following link: https://www.mdfra.com.au/send-off-report/

Send off reports must be submitted within the following timeframes:

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday matches: 8pm on the Monday night
  • Monday > Thursday matches: Within 24 hours of the match finishing

At the ground:

Make sure you write down all of the relevant details that you require for the send off report, such as the following:

  • Player shirt number
  • Player FFA #
  • Player surname
  • Send off code (and caution codes for R7 offences)
  • Send off time (and caution times for R7 offences)

Helpful tip: MFA match cards now have both team’s player listings and caution/send off information on the inside, take a photo of the inside of the card and email it to yourself as a reminder to complete your send off reports when you get home!