Codes of Conduct

​The inclusion of Codes into our membership registration process ensures that all our members are made aware of their responsibilities at the point of joining the club. Respect works by placing responsibility on individuals for their actions, each Respect Code of Conduct explains that action can and will be taken if the Code is broken. By supporting and strengthening the Codes of Conduct with possible consequences, we bring Respect back in to grassroots football. Although the County FA or The FA will deal with cases of reported misconduct, as a youth football clubs we also have a role to play in dealing with poor behaviour from players, officials or spectators. This can range from education, mentoring, official warnings, suspension or even exclusion from the club.

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

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