Code Of Conduct

FA RESPECT VIDEO

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.

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.

Spectators/Parents

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.

The FA has also launched a free online Respect Parent Guide to highlight examples of poor behaviour and, more importantly, how it can be improved. To see the guide for parents and carers, click here.

Discipilnary Procedure

There will be Blue Cards issued for dissent. If a blue card is issued then the player will be subbed and his/her name taken. If a player is subbed this means he/she does not play the remainder of the game. If a player comes off the pitch due to a blue card then you can immediately replace the player as per sub rules. If a second blue card is issued throughout the season to the same player then the player will receive a written warning which will be sent to his/her parents. If a third blue card is issued to the same player then a £10 fine will issued. Please note: This ruling of the blue card also applies to parents with regards to dissent towards officials and conduct. The officials are to speak to the managers regarding foul play, abusive or racial language and the mangers are to talk/substitute the player and the League rep is to be informed.

Managers are also subject to the blue card rule. Any conduct which we deem unacceptable will be dealt with by the committee. We lead by example and not by emotions.

The officials word is final. Any problems please find the league rep. If the problem is with the league rep please seek out the League Secretary.

Please inform all parents/supporters we follow the Respect code of practice. Any violent, abusive and racial actions will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and if necessary we call the local authority.

Any abusive outbursts by parents will result in the team concerned being penalized and a 3 nil win being awarded to the opposing team regardless of the score at the time of the offence.

Outside the blue card system if a complaint is received regarding a volunteer then the volunteer will be spoken to regarding the matter and advised regarding conduct expected at the league. This will also be pointed out to them that this is a verbal warning.

If a second complaint is received regarding the same volunteer then again they will be spoken to and issued with a written warning as to future conduct.

If a third complaint is received regarding the same volunteer then a disciplinary heating will be heard where the volunteer can plead their case. It must be noted at this point the situation will be dealt with in the strictest manner to ensure the safeguarding of the children and reputation of the league if the conduct of the volunteer is deemed unacceptable.

If we deem the conduct of the volunteer to be unacceptable they will be removed from the league immediately.

Please note depending on the number of complaints received and the severity of the complaints we reserve the right to over ride the above procedure and proceed straight to the disciplinary or dismissal.

An appeal can be made in writing within 14 days of the disciplinary hearing.

If once your appeal has been heard and if the outcome remains the same then you can refer the matter to our governing body at the NEC

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