The FA conducts blood and urine tests for the substances included on the Prohibited List.
‘Social drugs’ such as cocaine and cannabis are banned by The FA at all times.
You can be drug tested after a game, at a training session or at home and may be asked to provide a urine or a blood sample.
A video demonstrating the urine and blood testing procedures can be viewed at TheFA.com/anti-doping.
If you are selected for a drug test you must attend the Doping Control Station (DCS) immediately.
Some of the things you can face disciplinary charges for relating to drug testing are:
- the presence of a banned substance in your sample
- refusing to provide a sample
- failing to attend the DCS immediately
- abusive or insulting words or behaviour to a Doping Control official
- interfering with the drug testing process.
Sanctions for drugs offences are likely to be suspensions and can be for as long as 4 years.
The FA’s Doping Control rules and procedures are put in place to ensure that no player can use a banned drug or treatment method to illegally improve their performance.