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Codes of Conduct:




Respect brings them to life. How? By supporting and strengthening the Codes of Conduct with possible consequences. There is little point in having a set of rules if no action is taken if and when they’re broken. There are five Codes of Conduct, each listing possible penalties for breaking these ‘promises’. The Codes are aimed at:



  • Young Players
  • Adult Players
  • Spectators and Parents/Carers
  • Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials
  • Match Officials

Respect works on placing responsibility for their actions on individuals: break your Code, and bear the consequences.

Codes of Conduct – your member clubs’ responsibilities:
Each Respect Code of Conduct explains that action can be taken for breaking a Code, so these are understood from the outset. Your member clubs have two main responsibilities around the Codes: 1.      To ensure everyone within the club, whatever their role, has read, agreed and accepted their relevant Code – and understood the actions which could be taken if Codes are broken. 2.      To deal fairly and consistently with anyone who breaks ‘their’ Code. The Charter Standard Clubs in your league should already have their own club Codes of Conduct, so we would recommend that Charter Standard Clubs look at the Respect Codes and see if there is anything missing from these. They may want to replace the previous codes with the new Respect ones, or they may want to add some of the lines from the Respect Codes to these. It is not advisable to use both sets of Codes as this could be confusing. The important difference is ensuring your member clubs – and through them their own members – understand and appreciate what can happen if Codes are broken. That way, there should be no subsequent debate because they didn’t understand the consequences of breaking a Code. If a club hasn’t used Codes of Conduct before – or has Codes without consequences – this needs discussion, so they understand how the Codes work and what their responsibilities are.

Code of Conduct: Young Players

It is important everyone behaves themselves when playing football. 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 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.

Code of Conduct: Spectators

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. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times. I will:

  • 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

In addition, when attending youth games I will:

  • Remember that children play for FUN
  • Let the coaches do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials
  • Never criticise a player for making a mistake -mistakes are part of learning

I understand that breaches of the code may result in action being taken by my County FA and /or The FA.

Code of Conduct: Coaches

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. In The FA’s survey of over 37,000 grassroots participants, behaviour was the biggest concern in the game. This included both the abuse of match officials and the unacceptable behaviour by over competitive parents, spectators and coaches on the sidelines. The FA’s Respect programme is aimed at tackling unacceptable behaviour across the whole game. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for coaches, team managers and club officials at all times.

I will:

  • Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators
  • Adhere to the Laws of the Game
  • Display and promote high standards of behaviour
  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions
  • 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 the parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations
  • Refrain from, and refuse to 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, experience, 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 breaches of the code may result in action being taken by my County FA and /or The FA.

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 for Match Officials at all time.

When officiating I will:

  • Be honest and completely impartial at all times, irrespective of the teams, players or team officials involved in the match
  • 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
  • Not 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 which I officiate

Mini Soccer: Code Of Conduct

The Responsible Football Coach/Manager

Code of Conduct for Football

  1. Coaches/Managers must respect the rights’ dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport
  2. Coaches/Managers must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance
  3. Coaches/Managers must adhere to all guidelines laid down within the Constitution and the Rules of The Football Association
  4. Coaches/Managers must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect
  5. Coaches/Managers must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward
  6. Coaches/Managers must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behavior and performance
  7. Coaches/Managers must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate is appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players
  8. Coaches/Managers should, at the outset, clarify with the player (and, where appropriate, their parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach
  9. Coaches/Managers must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player
  10. Coaches/Managers must always promote the appropriate Code of Conduct and positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) to players, parents and spectators alike.  Never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rule and regulations or the use of the prohibited substances or techniques
  11. Coaches/Managers must consistently display high standards of behaviour and experience and be a role model for players, parents and spectators

I understand that breaches of the code may result in action being taken by my County FA and /or The FA.