Code of Conduct

We all have a responsibility and a part to play to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. Our Club supports the FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment.

Respect Code of Conduct for Spectators & Parents/Carers

Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything. Play your part and observe the Code of Conduct.

I will:

  • Remember that children play for FUN

  • Applaud effort and good play as well as success

  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions

  • Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)

  • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do

  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials

  • Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake - mistakes are part of learning

  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my Club, County FA, league or The FA. I may be:

  • Issued with a verbal warning from a Club or league official

  • Required to meet with the Club, league or County FA Welfare Officer

  • Required to meet with the Club committee

  • Obliged to undertake an FA education course

  • Obliged to leave the match venue by the Club

  • Requested by the Club not to attend future games

  • Suspended or have my Club membership removed

  • Required to leave the Club along with any dependents

 

In addition:

  • The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/ or suspension on the Club

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Respect Code of Conduct for Players

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct. 

 

I will:

  • Always play to the best of my ability

  • Play fairly - I won’t cheat, complain or waste time

  • Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee and my coach/manager

  • Play by the rules, as directed by the referee

  • Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game

  • Listen and respond to what my coach/ team manager tells me

  • Talk to someone I trust or the Club Welfare Officers if I’m unhappy about anything at my Club

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my Club, County FA or The FA. I may:

  • Be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager

  • Receive a formal warning from the coach or the Club committee

  • Be dropped or substituted

  • Be suspended from training

  • Be required to leave the Club

 

In addition:

  • My Club, County FA or The FA may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct

  • The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against my Club

Respect Code of Conduct for Team Managers, Coaches & Club Officials

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. In The FA’s survey of 37,000 grassroots participants, behaviour was the biggest concern in the game. This included the abuse of match officials and the unacceptable behaviour of over competitive parents, spectators and coaches on the sidelines. Play your part and observe The Football Association’s Respect Code of Conduct in everything you do. 

 

I will:

  • Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators

  • Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game

  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour

  • Always respect the match official’s decision

  • Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission

  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials

  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

 

When working with players, I will:

  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning

  • Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me

  • Ensure all parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations

  • Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying

  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem

  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance

  • Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity

  • Cooperate fully with others in football (eg. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my Club, County FA, league or The FA:

  • Required to meet with the Club, league or County Welfare Officer

  • Required to meet with the Club committee

  • Monitored by another Club coach

  • Required to attend an FA education course

  • Suspended by the Club from attending matches

  • Suspended or fined by the County FA

  • Required to leave or be sacked by the Club.

 

In addition:

  • My FACA (FA Coaches Association) membership may be withdrawn.

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Respect Code of Conduct for Match Officials

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and on the sidelines.
 

I will:

  • Be honest and completely impartial at all time

  • Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently

  • Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner

  • Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct

  • Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials

  • Support my match official colleagues at all times

  • Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game

  • Communicate with the players and encourage Fair Play

  • Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains

  • Prepare physically and mentally for every match

  • Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which I officiate


I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by the County FA or The FA. I may be:

  • Required to meet with The FA/County FA Refereeing Official

  • Required to meet with The FA/County FA Refereeing Committee

The FA Respect Campaign

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