Independent Chair of Judicial Panel Ref: ICJP19

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Contract / Freelance


The Football Association (The FA) is a multi-faceted organisation which has the responsibility of overseeing, promoting and developing the game of association football at all levels in England, from grassroots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England international teams. A core part of The FA’s activities is to act as the governing body of the game, including the implementation of regulatory, disciplinary and rule-making functions.



The FA, through its Council, has resolved to appoint its first Independent Chair of the Judicial Panel.

The Judicial Panel is established by The FA Council as the pool of individuals from which Regulatory Commissions and Appeal Boards are drawn.

The Judicial Panel hear cases or appeals in connection with disciplinary and other regulatory processes of The FA, such as anti-doping and integrity.

The position should be filled ideally by a legally qualified Chair shall to Chair The FA Judicial Panel. The main aim is to have responsibility for the operation of the Judicial Panel for the professional game (down to Step 4).  The Chair of the Judicial Panel will have the overall responsibility for the appointment of panel members for Regulatory Commission Appeal Boards for Appeals from Regulatory Commissions as well as liaising with Executive FA staff  in relation to all matters concerning Regulatory Commissions and Appeal Boards.

The appointment will give appropriate advice where required to the panels forming Regulatory Commissions and Appeal Boards.

The appointed person will also be available to sit on any Regulatory Commission or Appeal Board as a Specialist Panel Member. It is essential that the appointed Chair is accessible and available to respond to matters at relatively short notice where required.



  • To have  overall responsibility for the appointments of Regulatory Commissions and Appeal Boards and to delegate authority as appropriate for this function and in accordance with the Judicial Panel terms of reference.
  • To respond to any preliminary issue that may arise prior to the appointment of a Regulatory Commission or Appeal Board that requires determination.
  • To give guidance in the training of all Commissions and Appeal Boards.
  • To issue directions in relation to the manner in which cases are conducted in accordance with the relevant rules, regulations and procedures of The Football Association.
  • To decide on issues of law and procedure which may arise during the Regulatory process.



The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Barrister of at least seven years standing.
  • Recent experience of chairing Sports tribunals, panels in sports disciplinary hearings;
  • Experience in tribunals, panels or case management groups which have powers to decide on the suitability of individuals to work with children, young people and adults at risk.
  • Knowledge of The Football Association Judicial process
  • Knowledge of employment law and other relevant legislation which concerns equality, disability discrimination, human rights law, and the safeguarding of vulnerable groups.
  • Knowledge of best practice in conducting disciplinary proceedings and in particular those of sports governing bodies.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the support required for vulnerable witnesses and those accused of unsafe practice in working with children, young people and adults at risk.

The appointment will be for an initial term of one year with a view to extending the term for a further fixed term of two years and will be eligible to apply for a further term, subject to the business needs of The FA.



If you feel that you have the relevant skills and experience, please apply by sending your CV and short covering letter highlighting your suitability for the role by reference to the key attributes outlined above to Mark Ives, Head of Judicial Services at

As the requirement of the role may change, this document should be viewed as guidance only. The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone.


The closing date for applications is   17th July 2019.


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