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England's Chris Smalling (left), Gary Cahill (centre) and Ross Barkley during a training session at St. George's Park

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.

They also help to safeguard the health of players, and protect the integrity of the game.

An effective Doping Control Programme means that there is less chance of you losing a match because a member of the other team has cheated by artificially improving their muscle strength, their stamina, or their alertness by using drugs.

This guide is designed to help you comply with FA Doping Control rules so please read the information carefully.