Football Victoria have released their 2019 Discipline End of Season Report.
This report showcases disciplinary issues throughout the 2019 season, as well as highlighting trends in relation to categories such as Misconduct, Tribunals, Red and Yellow Cards.
These were some of the key findings from the report:
- There was a total of 360 misconduct charges in 2019
- There was a 70% increase in misconduct charges heard at the tribunal
- Only 29% of those misconduct charges were against players
- 54% increase in the number of tribunals held
- A total of 63 tribunals took place in 2019
- 37% were incidents that occurred at junior fixtures (up from 27% in 2018)
- 31% increase in offensive, insulting, abusive or intimidating language or gestures
- 21% decrease in the number of offences against match officials
- 7% increase in the number of red cards handed out
- 1601 red card offences
- 73% of red cards were issued at junior fixtures
- 11,480 yellow cards
- 16% decrease in yellow cards on the 2018 season
- 2017 and 2018 had over 13,000 yellow cards issued in each season respectively
- 2019 saw yellow cards for team officials introduced in the NPL. This led to a dramatic reduction in expulsions from the technical area for team officials. (96 in 2018 – 60 in 2019)
Serious sanctions in 2019
- There were a number of long-term suspensions in 2019, including three life bans. There weren’t any life bans issued in 2018. One 10-year ban and ten 2-year bans added to the list of serious sanctions in the 2019 season.
- 84 points were deducted from teams across Victoria (not including suspended penalties) – a 75% increase on the 2018 season (some of these deductions affected league championships and promotion and relegation)
- Fines for misconduct/tribunals in the amount of $103,475.
The full copy of the report can be viewed here.