Respect

The club actively supports the Football Association’s RESPECT agenda. Further on in this pack you will find FA codes of conduct for players and parents alike. By registering, we ask that you try to follow the code as we, as coaches, administrators and volunteers will endeavour to follow our code.

We would ask you to remember that regardless of how well we do in this season’s friendlies, league and cup competitions, the club’s real definition of success is for your child to want to keep coming to training and to play matches week after week. This will occur, not through a focus on winning, but through:

  • focusing on your child’s skill development;
  • ensuring your child is involved in all practice sessions;
  • adopting an approach that focuses on the children enjoying themselves.

We would ask all parents, whether they turn up for training sessions or for matches (and we actively encourage you to do so) to observe the following sideline rules when watching your child play:

  1. No abusive shouting
  2. No destructive criticism; even collective moans and groans when a child does something wrong are very inappropriate.
  3. No hysterical shouting of instructions. Calling out instructions such as “Kick it”, “Shoot”, “Boot it”, “Go, go, go”, etc. only panics the children and is detrimental to their development as players.
  4. No specific tactical instructions. Shouting out something like “Johnny, pick up number 6”, whilst it may be well-meant only confuses the children.

Please do not embarrass yourself, your child or the club by engaging in any of the above behaviour. Remember, even though football is a passionate game, to the children this is supposed to be nothing more than fun and enjoyment.

Player’s Code of Conduct

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.

When playing football, 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 or 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 officer 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.

Parent/Guardian’s Code of Conduct

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

This club is supporting The FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment.

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 FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times.

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.

Coach/Volunteer’s Code of Conduct

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 sideline.

Play your part and observe The Football Association’s Respect Code of Conduct in everything you do.

On and off the field, 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
  • Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. 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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