FA Respect Programme

What is Respect?

Respect is a continuous FA programme, not a one-off initiative.

Its goal is to create an enjoyable playing environment that allows people to play, officiate and watch football without being abused, mocked, insulted, jeered, physically assaulted, unnecessarily criticised or pushed too hard.

Sound fair enough? So why does it happen week-in, week-out at matches all over the country?

For lots of reasons – people get caught up in the emotion of a match and forget that:

  • People react better to encouragement than criticism.
  • Everyone’s doing their best – whether a referee, coach, player or spectator.
  • Children are not adults; their confidence can easily be destroyed by abusive comments and constant pressure from the sidelines.

What’s needed is everyone to take responsibility for their individual actions – verbal or physical – and abide by common-sense behaviour standards.

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.

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.

Guide For Young Players

Spectators, Parents and 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.

Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times.
When attending youth games:

  • 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

Guide For Spectators Parents and Carers

Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials

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

Guide for Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials