Code of Conduct

The Club Code of Conduct is available HERE and replicated below

Code of Conduct – Players

It is important everyone behaves themselves when playing football.  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

When playing football I will:

  • Always do my best, even if we’re losing or the other team is stronger
  • Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time
  • Never be rude to my team-mates, the other team, the referee, spectators or my coach/team manager
  • Do what the referee tells me
  • Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
  • Listen to my coach/team manager and respect what he/she says
  • Talk to someone I trust, for example my parents or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

I understand that if I do not follow the code, action 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 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

Code of Conduct – Spectators and Parents / Carers

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 by everyone in a safe and 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
  • Remain outside the field of play and behind the Designated Spectator Area (where provided)
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions
  • Applaud effort and good play as well as success
  • 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

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 CFA Welfare Officer
  • Required to meet 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 with any dependants

 In addition: The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club

Code of Conduct – Coaches, Team Managers and 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 sideline. Play your part and observe the Football Associations 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
  • Always respect the match officials decision
  • Promote fair play and high standards of behaviour
  • Never enter the field of play without the referees 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
  • Co-operate fully with others in football (e,g. Officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each players 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 a 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

Code of Conduct – 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. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct of match officials at all times:

I will:

  • Be honest and completely impartial at all times
  • 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 bt 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 my club, 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
  • Obliged to attend or re-attend The FA Respect training or other FA education course
  • Issued with a written warning
  • Fined by the County FA
  • Offered less Senior appointments
  • Suspended from all appointments for a defined period
  • Excluded from affiliating as a FA Referee