Respect Guide for Leagues - The Football Association

Respect Guide for Leagues - The Football Association

Respect Guide

for Leagues

Your guide to The FA’s Respect programme

Welcome to Respect

Respect is The Football Association’s

direct response to a clear message

from the grassroots game:

We must improve standards of

behaviour – on and off the field.

The message came through loud

and clear in the major survey The

FA undertook before publishing its

National Game Strategy earlier this

year – ‘Your Game, Your Say, Our Goal’.

The research involved 37,000 football

participants, including all major

stakeholders, in what has been the

most fundamental review to date of the

state of grassroots football in England.

Behaviour was – and is – the biggest

concern, both abuse and intimidation

towards referees, and unacceptable

behaviour by over-competitive parents

towards young players. That’s in

addition to aggressive coaches and

spectators on the sidelines.

For example, parental behaviour is one

of the main reasons why young players

drop out of the game. Furthermore,

as poor behaviour by coaches, parents

and players towards referees means

that thousands of officials are

dropping out each season. Players

and teams have told us they want

a qualified referee for every game –

well, let’s look after them and that

may just happen.

Respect is aimed at helping us all to

work together to change the negative

attitudes and abusive behaviour on

the sidelines and on the pitch. It’s

a long-term commitment, but if we

all play our part, together we can

really make a difference.

And it’s not just about football at

your level. It’s about football at every

level, which is why we’re glad to

be working in partnership with the

Premier League, Football League,

Professional Game Match Officials,

Professional Footballers’ Association

and League Managers’ Association to

improve behaviour in the professional

game too.

Brian Barwick

Chief Executive Officer

The Football Association

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Why football needs Respect 6

What is Respect 9

How will Respect work in practice 10

How to embed Respect in your league 12

The four steps to Respect 20

1. Codes of Conduct 20

2. Designated Spectators’ Area 21

3. Captain taking responsibility 23

4. Referee managing the game 25

Respect education programme 29

Welfare Officers and the Respect programme 30

Monitoring change in behaviour 33

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Why football needs Respect

The FA is responding to a plea

from grassroots football to tackle

unacceptable behaviour in football.

Respect aims to bring the fun back

to football for young players. Parents

and coaches pushing too hard and

pressurising impressionable children

for three points is having a negative

impact on their development and

enjoyment of the game.

Respect also aims to tackle the mass

drop-out of referees from football due

to abuse. 7,000 referees dropped out

of the game last season which has

led to the number of match officials

hitting its lowest level to date.

• 98% of referees have been

verbally abused and 27% have

been physically abused.

• One in three grassroots matches

are now played without a qualified

match official.

• 846 grassroots matches were

abandoned last year due to

unacceptable behaviour from

players and/or spectators.

• Parents and coaches want role

models in the elite game to

provide a positive example to

young players.

One of the team’s own linesmen

was unable to keep quiet at any

point during the game, shouting

abuse throughout and intimidating

some players.


It goes a bit too far when

the opposing manager

joins in as well, swearing

and cursing the ref.

Spectator, open-age football

The verbal abuse of players

from players and coaching

staff has got to stop.


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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, weekout

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.

Leagues are in a pivotal position to

instil these standards. As you are

probably aware, The FA is going

to establish a quality accreditation

scheme for leagues, and those who

can demonstrate a commitment

to Respect will be well placed to

advance to FA Charter Standard

League status – and the benefits it

will confer.

You can find out more about

The FA Charter Standard League

accreditation scheme by speaking

to the development team at your

County Football Association.

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How will Respect work

in practice

The Respect programme includes four

practical steps to improve behaviour –

on the pitch and on the sidelines –

in leagues such as yours throughout

the country.

These practical steps will help tackle

different behavioural issues in youth

and adult football.

Respect Codes of Conduct

There is a Code of Conduct for each

of the five main types of football


• Young Players

• Adult Players

• Spectators and Parents/Carers

• Coaches, Team Managers

and Club Officials

• Referees

Each Code explains that actions can

be taken if broken. Further guidance

on the specific codes and actions that

can be taken by a club, league and/or

County FA will be given on application

to become a Respect league.

Designated Spectators’ Area

There will be a demarcated area

along the touchlines, within which

spectators must stay. The idea is to

encourage parents and spectators

to take a step back from the pitch

and support the teams in a more

responsible manner.

Captain taking responsibility

There will be a drive to enhance

captaincy skills, encouraging captains

to take full responsibility for their

players’ actions and behaviour.

Referee managing the game

There will be a similar drive to

enhance referees’ match management

skills to create an environment where

potential problems are addressed

before they escalate.

Respect aims to support referees to

uphold the Laws of the Game.

The Professional Game

and Respect

Clearly, the professional game has

a big role to play in demonstrating

Respect towards match officials

and in general. Here are the

five key steps to which the

professional game have agreed:

Referee managing the game

Captain taking responsibility

Pre-match briefing meeting with

referee and managers/captains

Team handshake before kick-off

Managing behaviour in the

technical area

For more details on these steps

go to

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How to embed Respect

in your league

Fundamentally, we need you to

accept and understand the four steps

to Respect outlined on page 10 and

then impart them to clubs, so in turn

they convey them to their players,

particularly team captains.

The four steps are covered in more

detail in pages 20-27 of this booklet.

To get all your clubs on board, we

suggest the following actions. Please

be aware that your league can sign

up to Respect at any point during the

season – it’s about you and your clubs

being ready to take this on.

Understand Respect

First, take your time to read through

this information guide and also take

a look at the additional support

materials online at

Respect. You will need to decide if it’s

something that your league would like

to support and something you would

champion to your member clubs.

Remember there isn’t a deadline – you

don’t have to join Respect for the start

of the season if you don’t have enough

time. You can join Respect at any point

during the season and we’d encourage

you to take time to get this right.

You can contact the Respect lead

officer at your County FA if you have

any questions at this point.

Get the agreement of your clubs

You will need to speak to your

member clubs to gain agreement

that they want to be part of the

Respect programme and proactively

promote good behaviour in football.

At Phase 3 you will be able to give

them more information and practical

support but at this stage you simply

need an indication of support.

Sign-up to Respect

Once your clubs have agreed that

they would like to be part of the

Respect programme, you need to

contact your County FA to advise

them. The County FA will have a

Respect lead officer who will answer

any of your questions.

You will need to fill in the application

form available from your County FA to

let us know what resources you need

for your clubs.

Host an information session(s)

for clubs

Before the start of the season, you

will need to hold one or more club

information sessions, where you can

explain Respect and the role clubs are

expected to play.

The FA will provide you with the

required number of Club Packs to

distribute, once we have received

your application form.

Through the clubs, captains will

be expected to be briefed on what

‘Captain taking responsibility’ will

mean, so if you do hold a meeting at

one club, please encourage individual

team captains, where appropriate, to

be present to save time.

It’s vital that through you, clubs are

absolutely clear about what their

involvement entails.

Overall, the key points to convey to

clubs at the information session(s) are:

• Do we need Respect

The four steps to Respect.

• Detailed explanation of the

Designated Spectators’ Area.

• What does it means for clubs

in practice

• Managing any issues which arise.

• Agreeing actions clubs can take

– and those they should refer to

the league, or County FA.

If you run a youth league

Ideally, your County FA Welfare

Officer and your own League Welfare

Officer should be present at your club

information session(s), so they can

explain how best to get the Respect

message across to younger players.

Clubs’ own Welfare Officers should

also be invited. The role of Welfare

Officers covered in more detail in

page 30 of this booklet.

The league information session is

a good opportunity to discuss how

your member teams would want to

demarcate the Designated Spectator’s

Area. Do they want to use the

FA-endorsed spectator barrier and

should purchase these as a league

(see page 22)

Once you have held this session and

the clubs are clear, you are ready to

start on the road to Respect.

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Ongoing monitoring and evaluation

There will undoubtedly be teething

problems with some aspects of the

Respect programme, and it will

be refined over time. But we need

your help and feedback to make


The FA’s free Full-Time league

administration system will also

incorporate a Respect feedback area

for referees to tell us what’s working

and what’s not.

If your league already uses

Full-Time, you will be contacted with

details of monitoring how well or not

the Respect steps work in practice.

Referees appointed to your league

will also be asked to give feedback

on behaviour to help us monitor

if Respect can make a positive

difference and what aspects in

particular are working.

In turn, club secretaries, managers

and players can view league tables,

fixture results and a range of player

statistics. It dramatically reduces

the workload of league secretaries

and updates tables and fixtures

in seconds.

To see how Full-Time works, visit Also see

the inside back cover of this booklet.

If you are not on Full-Time, you

can still be involved in the Respect

programme and you will still have

an opportunity to feedback your

comments via the Respect lead

officer at your County FA.

Please see page 33 of this booklet for

more detail on how Respect will be

monitored and evaluated.

If your league does not currently use

Full-Time, we encourage you to come

on board. It’s free and enables league

secretaries to create league and

cup competitions in seconds, using

wizard-based technology, and guides

you through the entire process of

league set-up, fixture scheduling and

the inputting of player details.

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How to sign-up to being a Respect League

Promoting education

The FA needs to support long-term

change in attitudes and behaviour

to raise standards across the game.

So we have put in place a supportive

education framework, taking on

the best practices of the Respect

programme and making them

widely available to all participants

in the game.

This means all FA football courses will

feature Respect briefings and advice

on how to promote a safe, positive

football environment.

It will also see the launch of a new

online parent-focused education

module – a new version of the former

‘Soccer Parent’ course. This is aimed

at helping parents/carers understand

how they can support their children at

football training and matches.

We encourage all leagues to

recommend to clubs that parents/

carers who attend matches should

take this short, free education module.

Leagues should also advocate FA

courses to coaches and club officials.

Further information can be found

on page 29 of this Guide (Respect

education programme).

Imposing sanctions

Independently, your County FA

Referee Development Officer (RDO)

will be briefing all the referees

appointed to your league about their

duties and responsibilities under the

Respect programme.

The main elements of what

referees will be told is on page 25

of this Guide (Referee managing

the game).

Once leagues have signed up to

Respect, further guidance will be

given on the jurisdiction of clubs,

league and County FAs in dealing

with incidents of poor behaviour

and breaks of the codes of conduct.

If you have any questions on any

of the above, please contact your

County FA Respect lead officer. Once

you receive your club packs invite.

Understand Respect

Read this booklet, visit

and speak to your County FA for guidance.

Get the agreement of your clubs

Speak to your clubs to see if they want to be involved.

Sign-up to Respect

Tell your County FA you’re in and fill in the application form

to order Respect packs for your clubs.

Host an information session

Invite your clubs to a meeting where you can explain what Respect is,

what it involves and hand out the Respect packs.

Ongoing monitoring and evaluation

If you’re on Full-Time throughout the season you will be asked

to answer some questions on behaviour at your clubs.

Promoting education

In October, The FA will launch an online parent-focused education module

and Respect briefings will be added into every FA course.

Taking action

Further guidance will be sent to you to cover the levels of responsibility

your clubs, you and the County FA each have when dealing with

unacceptable behaviour.

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They were dirty when they were losing,

and refused to shake hands at the end.

Player, youth football

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The four steps to Respect

Step one:

Codes of Conduct

These can be read and downloaded

online at They will

also be sent to you in printed form for

the club information sessions you hold.

It’s vital you understand their contents,

so you are aware of the standards of

behaviour expected by all football

participants – and what could happen

if behaviour falls below these standards.

You will need to advise your member

clubs on the correct use of Codes of

Conduct, so here’s some guidance:

For those clubs who already have

Codes of Conduct:

Codes of Conduct aren’t new and are

already in use by some clubs (they

are mandatory in FA Charter Standard

Clubs). Some are successful, some are

forgotten and not acted upon.

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, and

each explains the action which can be

taken for breaking these ‘promises’.

The Codes are aimed at:

1. Young Players

2. Adult Players

3. Spectators and Parents/Carers

4. Coaches, Team Managers and

Club Officials

5. Referees

Respect works by 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

includes the potential consequences

of 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 FA Charter Standard Clubs in your

league already have their own club

Codes of Conduct, so we recommend

they look at the Respect Codes. They

may want to replace their existing

Codes with the new Respect ones,

or they may want to add elements of

Respect Codes.

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.

Step two:

Designated Spectator’s Area

One of the key elements of Respect

in youth football is the creation of

designated areas for spectators. In the

2007-08 season The FA ran a Respect

pilot in 16 leagues across England

and these spectator areas had a hugely

positive effect on behaviour. The barriers

literally draw the line across which

parents/carers and spectators should

not cross.

This allows the coaches of both teams

to stand on the other side of the pitch,

meaning players get instructions from

just one side of the pitch.

The FA-endorsed Designated

Spectator’s Area tool kit (see overleaf)

is available for all leagues and clubs

to purchase. If you use this method

of demarcation (physical barrier) it

is recommended that you put the

Designated Spectator’s Area on one

side of the pitch – it is recommended

that fans and parents/carers from both

sides stand behind this barrier on one

full length of the pitch.

You may prefer an alternative form

of marking a Designated Spectators’

Area, but you must ensure it is safe

for both spectators and players.

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The FA strongly recommends you

obtain formal agreement from the

facility/pitch provider about which

method of marking is most suitable

for the pitch, before beginning any

work or buying any new equipment.

The safety of the players, officials and

spectators is paramount.

The Designated Spectators’ Area

should start two metres from the

touchline on one side of the pitch.

The area should run the full length of

the pitch. This means no-one should

be watching from behind the goals.

Where there is not enough room,

you must speak to the club and agree

what distance from the touchline

is realistic to ensure marked areas

are safe for players, match officials

and spectators.

The size of the area around home

pitches will dictate whether you are

able to use:

• Poles with tape

(ie the FA-endorsed method)

• Cones

• Spray paint to mark the Designated

Spectators’ Area

Both the poles and rope must be

removed in the interests of safety after

each game unless they are to be used

for subsequent matches that day.

Where cones are being used club

officials should ensure these are

still in place at the start of any

subsequent games to be played on

the same pitch.

Where spray paint is used, club

officials must check the lines have not

faded between games.

Official FA Designated Spectators’

Area tool kit:

This comprises:

• One metre high plastic poles with

retractable banding – featuring

Respect message

• Plastic mallet

• Pole kit bag

• Pole kit guidance notes

Designated Spectator’s barriers can

be used in adult football and, in fact,

some adult clubs involved in the

Respect pilot saw a positive change

in spectator behaviour. There isn’t a

grant available at this time (the key

aim with the barrier is to promote

better parental behaviour in youth

football) but barriers can be bought

or adult clubs can use the

alternative markings detailed above.

More information can be found at

Talk to your league secretary or

County FA Respect lead officer if

you have any queries on this.

Step three:

Captain taking responsibility

Often problems start at matches

when individual players are abusive

towards the referee, which escalates

into several players confronting

the referee at the same time – then

it’s anarchy.

Respect aims to stop this cycle

before it starts. Only the captain

can challenge decisions made by

the referee and the captain needs to

manage his/her team to ensure this

is always observed.

In the separate Respect guide to

team captains (available as part of

the Respect club pack), here’s what

they’ve been told:

As a captain, you have no special

status or privileges under the Laws

of the Game, but you do have a

degree of responsibility for the

behaviour of your team.

To promote Respect the referee

will work with you, as the team

captain, to manage the players

and the game effectively.

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Even if you are some way away

from an incident when the referee

feels he/she needs you involved in a

discussion with a player, the referee

will call you over. This will ensure that,

as the team captain, you remain the

point of contact for the referee.

The type of behaviour which often

gives rise to problems in matches,

and where captains and referees need

to work together, can be described

as ‘harassment and challenging

behaviour’ towards the referee.

Here are some examples of each,

which are also contained in the

captain’s leaflet:


• Running towards the referee in an

aggressive manner.

• Players surrounding the referee to

protest a decision.

• Repeatedly asking questions about

decisions in an attempt to influence

the referee or undermine his/her



• Passing comment to other players

about a referee’s decision-making

• Repeatedly moaning at the referee

about decisions.

• Gestures that obviously are made

in a derogatory manner, such as

a shaking of the head or waving

of the hand.

• Ensure you wear a Respect

captain’s armband – these will

be provided by your league to

your club.

• Together with your opposition

captain, make yourself known to

the referee before the game.

He/she will ask if you are clear

about your responsibilities.

Captains have been asked to:

• Ensure all your players understand

what they can/cannot do in relation

to the referee and what is meant by

‘unwanted behaviour’. No-one’s

trying to curb enthusiasm – just

instil more discipline. This can only

benefit your match – and football

as a whole.

• Ensure your vice-captain (appoint

one if you haven’t got one) is

aware of these rules, in case you

are unavailable for a game, or have

to leave the field.

• Ensure every player in your team

has signed the Respect Code

of Conduct.

• Visit

for further updates and tips for

team captains.

Step four:

Referee managing the game

There is a separate Respect information

booklet for referees, which incorporates

the following main information in

relation to the above:

As the referee, you are expected

to work with the team captains to

manage the players and the game

effectively. You must control the game

by applying the Laws of the Game

and deal firmly with any open show

of dissent by players. (e.g. not move

away from the incident, but stay and

deal with it).

While recognising that players may

on occasions make an appeal for

a decision (e.g. a throw-in, corner

or goal-kick), it is important you

distinguish these from an act of

dissent which should be punished

with a caution.

You should use a stepped approach,

where appropriate, to managing


1. Free-kick.

2. Free-kick with quiet word.

3. Free-kick with public admonishment

(this is the time referees should

consider using the captain to more

visibly get the message across).

4. Yellow card.

The stepped approach does not

negate the fact that as the referee,

you have the authority within the

Laws of the Game to issue disciplinary

sanctions without recourse to the

captain(s), including issuing a yellow

or red card where the Laws require it.

Even if the captain is some distance

from an incident, but you feel you

need him/her involved in a discussion

with a player, you should call the

captain over. This will ensure the

captain remains your point of contact

during the game.

These guidelines should be seen as

an additional preventative/supportive

tool for referees to manage games

effectively. The key is to use captains in

a more visible way, where appropriate.

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I was disappointed that the away team’s


supporters were asked to move from the

touchline, so the chosen referee’s assistant

could see the whole of the line, but they

didn’t seem to want to. Not a good advert

at any level of football, particularly with

children in attendance.

Player, open-age football

of the managers complained I

was not being consistent in terms of

giving his team fouls and I was also

offered some ‘advice’ by a spectator

on another occasion. This obviously

helped undermine my authority.

Referee, youth football

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Respect education programme

Central to The FA’s commitment to

the Respect programme is the need

to build upon the physical measures

– such as the Codes of Conduct and

Designated Spectators’ Area – with

an education programme.

The programme will be delivered

by The FA’s educational arm,

FA Learning. It will comprise:

• Renewed content incorporating

Respect across relevant

FA Learning courses:

- Laws of the Game.

- Basic Refereeing Course.

- Age appropriate coaching


- Safeguarding Children


- Welfare Officers Workshop.

- Coaching Children Online.

- Psychology for Level 1 Online.

- Equality Workshop.

- Race Equality Workshop.

- Disability Equality Workshop.

- Coaching Disabled


- Emergency First Aid.

• An interactive online module

for football parents/carers

and spectators, launching on in October.

• New content embedding the

Respect philosophy in all

FA Learning coaching awards.

• Behavioural standards and best

practice being at the forefront

of the way in which The FA’s new

licensed tutor workforce will work

across the grassroots game.

For more information on the

educational services available go

to or call

the FA Learning hotline on 0870

850 0424.

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Welfare Officers and

the Respect programme

Safeguarding children is an integral

aspect of the Respect programme. It’s

about raising awareness that bullying

and verbal, emotional and physical

abuse will not be tolerated in football.

The Football Association requires all

leagues and clubs with youth teams

to have a named Welfare Officer with

an ‘accepted’ CRB check for the club

to affiliate for the 2008-09 season.

League and Club Welfare Officers

should contact their County

Welfare Officer to find out about

opportunities for Welfare Officer

training and meetings.

As Respect is all about creating a

fun and safe environment, there are

specific ways in which League and

Club Welfare Officers can assist the

programme’s implementation.

The League Welfare Officer should:

• Promote the Respect programme

as part of measures to safeguard

children in the league.

• Attend the Respect club

information session run by the


• Ensure Club Welfare Officers

are familiar with the Respect


• Monitor behaviour in the league

and feedback to The FA.

• Ensure the Respect Codes of

Conduct are distributed and used.

The Club Welfare Officer should:

• Promote the Respect programme

as part of the measures to create

positive football experiences within

the club.

• Attend the Respect information

session held by the league and

any such sessions held by the club.

• Help people to understand the

Codes of Conduct and to keep

within the Respect Designated

Spectators’ Area.

• Talk to the County FA Welfare

Officer if any incidents of bullying,

harassment, discrimination or abuse

arise in the club.

For further information on the role

of Welfare Officers please go to

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Monitoring change

in behaviour

Monitoring and evaluation is key

to measuring the impact of the

Respect programme and The FA will

be collecting data from a variety of

sources. One way is through feedback

from referees.

In leagues which use The FA’s Full-

Time League Management System,

and appoint referees to fixtures,

referees who have access to a

computer and the internet will be

able to log on and answer a few

quick questions about:

The behaviour of the teams,

officials and spectators at

specific matches.

Their own enjoyment of the

matches they officiate.

If your league is already using

Full-Time then go to

Respect/monitoring to access the

information you need to set-up your

league which includes linking ‘your’

referees to the online feedback system.

For those leagues who were involved,

the system is very similar to the one

used in the Respect pilot.

If your league is not already using

Full-Time and wants to set up on The

FA’s system, go to

FullTime to register.

Using Full-Time has many benefits,

beyond enabling your referees to have

their say about behaviour. County

Football Associations will also run

free workshops to introduce the wider

Full-Time services to leagues.

In addition to the behaviourmonitoring

via referees, we will

also be using a variety of research

methods across the game to gather

information on behaviour. These

will include surveys, interviews with

participants, focus group sessions,

message boards and the use of video

diaries with selected participants.

You do not have to use Full-Time

to be involved in Respect but we

recommend that you sign up to one

of the free workshops to be shown

the benefits of using it.

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Give paperwork

The red card

If you’re a football administrator, referee

or coach, did you know The FA can help

you carry out all your administrative

tasks online

To kick-off, all you need is a FAN

(FA Number) – in fact, you’ve probably

already got one.

To obtain or ascertain your FAN and

password, go to

Then go to your County FA website, click

on ‘Member Services’, type in your FAN

and password – and away you go.

You can use the system to update league/

club information, pay fines, affiliate online

and file disciplinary reports – and a lot

more besides. And it’s absolutely free.

Contact your County FA to find out

about free Full-Time workshops.

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