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Respect and clubswith youth teamsYour guide to The FA’s Respect programme


Why football needs RespectThe FA is responding to a pleafrom grassroots football to tackleunacceptable behaviour in football.Respect aims to tackle the mass drop-outof referees from football due to abuse.Thousands of referees dropped out ofthe game last season which has led tothe number of match officials hitting itslowest ever level.Respect also aims to bring the fun backto football for young players. Parentsand coaches pushing too hard andpressurising impressionable children forthree points is having a negative impacton their development and enjoyment ofthe game.• 98% of referees have beenverbally abused and 27% havebeen physically abused.• One in three grassroots matchesis now played without a qualifiedmatch official.• 846 grassroots matches wereabandoned in 2007/08 due tounacceptable behaviour fromplayers and/or spectators.• Parents and coaches want role modelsin the elite game to provide a positiveexample for young players.• The No.2 priority from grassrootsfootball is tackling the ‘pushy parent’placing too much pressure on theirchild and their child’s team fromthe sidelines.2 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 3


ContentsWhat is Respect? 6How do we achieve Respect? 8Step 1: Codes of Conduct 8Step 2: Designated Spectators’ Area 12Step 3: The captain takes responsibility 15Step 4: The referee manages the game 17How to introduce Respect to your club 18Communicating the Respect message 20to young playersRespect education programme 21Welfare Officers and the Respect programme 22The first season of Respect 24Respect Codes of Conduct 274 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams5


What is Respect?Respect is the collective responsibilityof everyone involved in football, atall levels, to create a fair, safe andenjoyable environment in whichthe game can take place. It is thebehavioural code for football.Respect is a continuous FAprogramme, not a one-off initiative.What do we want to achievewith Respect?1. There will be a base of registeredreferees in England sufficientfor the demands of the gameat every level.2. There will be zero tolerance forassaults on referees.3. There will be an improvementin on-field player discipline,particularly in the area of dissentto referees and in competitionsthat have an established recordof poor discipline.4. There will be a ‘step change‘in youth football on what isacceptable and unacceptablebehaviour from parentsand spectators.5. We will work with coaches tocreate an enjoyable learningenvironment for children’s football.6 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 7


How do we achieve Respect?For clubs, the Respect programmeincludes four practical steps toimprove behaviour – on the pitch andon the sidelines – in and at matchesthroughout the country:Step 1: Codes of ConductStep 2: Designated Spectators’ AreaStep 3: The captain takesresponsibilityStep 4: The referee managesthe game.Step one:Codes of ConductCodes of Conduct aren’t new and arealready in use by some clubs (this ismandatory for FA Charter StandardClubs). Some are successful, some areforgotten and are not acted upon.Respect brings them to life.How? By supporting and strengtheningthe Codes of Conduct with possibleconsequences. There is little point inhaving a set of rules if no action istaken if and when they’re broken.There are Respect Codes ofConduct for:• Young Players• Adult Players• Spectators and Parents/Carers• Coaches, Team Managers andClub Officials• Match Officials.Each Code explains that actions canbe taken if the Code is broken.Although your County FA or TheFA will deal with cases of reportedmisconduct, clubs and leaguesalso have a role to play in dealingwith poor behaviour from players,officials or spectators. This can rangefrom education, mentoring, officialwarnings, suspension or even exclusionfrom the club. For further guidance onthese specific actions speak directly toyour league or County FA.All the Respect Codes of Conduct canbe downloaded from www.TheFA.com/Respect - or from the Respect DVDyour club should have received.Respect works on placingresponsibility for their actions onindividuals: break your Code, and bearthe consequences.Codes of Conduct:Your club’s responsibilities:Each Respect Code of Conductexplains that action can and will betaken if the Code is broken.Your club has three mainresponsibilities around the Codes:1. To ensure everyone within the club(club members), whatever theirrole, has read, agreed and signedup to their relevant Code – andunderstood the actions which couldbe taken if Codes are broken.2. To collect and retain the signedagreement forms at the foot ofeach Code.3. To deal fairly and consistently withanyone who breaks ‘their’ Code.If your club hasn’t used Codes ofConduct before – or has Codes withoutconsequences – this needs discussion,so your members understand howthe Codes work and what theirresponsibilities are. Your league orCounty FA Respect Lead Officer willbe able to give you some furtherguidance in this area.Clubs which already have Codesof Conduct:If you are an FA Charter Standard Club,and/or you already have your own clubCodes of Conduct, it is advised thatyou adopt the new Respect Codes orrevise your existing codes to includeany elements you may have missed.It is suggested that it may be helpfulto display the Respect Codes ofConduct by in dressing rooms,pavilions, club houses and if applicable,displaying the Spectator Code publiclyor handing down the sidelines.The important difference is ensuringyour club members understand andappreciate what can happen if Codesare broken. That way, there should beno subsequent debate because theydidn’t understand the consequencesof breaking a Code.8 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 9


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Imposing SanctionsThe Codes identify a range of sanctionswhich can be applied in the event ofmisconduct or poor behaviour.Whilst your County FA or The FA willdeal with reported misconduct, clubsalso have a role to play in educating itsmembership as to what is – and whatisn’t – acceptable behaviour and takingaction when the Codes are broken.It’s important for Clubs to be clearabout what it expects from its membersand to educate people when guidanceis required. Should this guidance bedisregarded then the managementof a Club has the right to implementsanctions against offenders. Suchaction should:• Be fair and consistent – treatingpeople in the same way regardlessof their position in the club• Be proportionate to the offence• Be progressively more serious forrepeat offenders• Follow a process which allowspeople to know when they havebroken a Code of Conduct andprovides them with an opportunityto explain their actions.Step two:Designated Spectators’ AreasOne of the key elements of Respectin youth football is the creation ofdesignated areas for spectators. Thisarea can be marked by an additionalline, the use of cones, a roped-off area oruse of a temporary spectators’ barrier.The areas literally draw the line whichparents and spectators should notcross and research has shown it to havea beneficial impact on the behaviour ofspectators and their impact on playersand match officials.If using the Respect barriers endorsedby The FA the ideal arrangement isto mark out a Designated Spectators’Area on one side of the pitch for fansand parents/carers from both sides tostand behind.This allows the coaches of both teamsto stand on the other side of the pitch,meaning players get instructions fromjust one side of the pitch.You may prefer an alternative formof marking a Designated Spectators’Area, but you must ensure this issafe for both the spectators and theplayers. The FA strongly recommendsyou obtain formal agreement fromthe facility/pitch provider about whichmethod of marking is most suitable forthe pitch, before beginning any work orbuying any new equipment.The safety of the players, officials andspectators is paramount.To help implement the DesignatedSpectators’ Area, The FA has endorseda Respect Barrier Kit, which isavailable from www.respectzone.comand comprises:• 120 metres of specialised Respectbrandedtape (2x 60 metres lengths)• A complete set of safety poles• A simple to use and effectivereeling system• Assembly kit comprising of mallet,securing pegs and instructions• Lightweight carry bag.The Spectators’ Area should start twometres from the touchline on bothsides of the pitch. Each area shouldrun the full length of the pitch. It isrecognised however that the alignmentof some public pitches does notallow for this arrangement in whichcase other appropriate arrangementsshould be made.Although The FA recommends theuse of Designated Spectators’ Areasas best practice, Youth Leagues canthemselves introduce a requirementfor the marking and use of DesignatedSpectators’ Areas at club venues withintheir League rules – although the actualspecification of the areas should bedetermined by local arrangements.Should a club fail to make acceptablearrangements for a DesignatedSpectators’ Area, a League mayconsider issuing a sanction againstthem. This should be fair andproportionate – perhaps starting witha warning by the League. The absenceof a Designated Spectators’ Areashould not result in the cancellationor abandonment of a game.12 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 13


Step three:The captain takes responsibilityOften problems start at matches whenindividual players are abusive towardsthe referee, which escalates intoseveral players confronting the refereeat the same time – then it’s anarchy.Respect aims to stop this cyclebefore it starts. Only the captaincan challenge decisions made bythe referee and the captain needs tomanage his/her team to ensure thisis always observed.The advice to captains is:As a captain, you have no specialstatus or privileges under the Lawsof the Game, but you do have adegree of responsibility for thebehaviour of your team.To promote Respect the refereewill work with you, as the teamcaptain, to manage the playersand the game effectively.Even if you are some way away froman incident when the referee feels he/she needs you involved in a discussionwith a player, the referee will callyou over. This will ensure that, as theteam captain, you remain the point ofcontact for the referee.The type of behaviour which oftengives rise to problems in matches,and where captains and referees needto work together, can be describedas ‘harassment and challengingbehaviour’ towards the referee.14 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 15


Here are some examples of each typeof behaviour, which are also containedin the captain’s leaflet:Harassment:• Running towards the referee in anaggressive manner.• Players surrounding the referee toprotest a decision.• Repeatedly asking questions aboutdecisions in an attempt to influencethe referee or undermine his/herresponsibilities.Challenging:• Passing comment to other playersabout a referee’s decision-making.• Repeatedly moaning at the refereeabout decisions.• Gestures that obviously are madein a derogatory manner, such as ashaking of the head or waving ofthe hand.Captains have been asked to:• Ensure they wear a Respect captain’sarmband. These will be provided byyour league to your club.• Together with the oppositioncaptain, make themselves knownto the referee before the game.He/she will ask if the captainsif they are clear about yourresponsibilities.• Ensure all players understand whatthey can/cannot do in relation tothe referee and what is meant by‘unwanted behaviour’. No-one’strying to curb enthusiasm – justinstil more discipline. This can onlybenefit the specific match andfootball as a whole.• Ensure vice-captains (who shouldbe appointed one if there isn’t one)is aware of these rules, in casecaptains are unavailable fora game, or have to leave the field.• Ensure every player in the teamhas signed the Respect Codeof Conduct.• Visit www.TheFA.com/Respect forfurther updates and tips.Captains in children’s football• In some cases a youth team maynot have an individual that is matureenough to take on this enhancedcaptaincy role. In such cases acommon sense approach should betaken which may involve the refereeworking with a team manager ratherthan an on-field captain.Step four:The referee manages the gameThere is a separate Respectinformation Guide for referees, whichincorporates the following maininformation in relation to the above:As the referee, you are expectedto work with the team captains tomanage the players and the gameeffectively. You must control the gameby applying the Laws of the Gameand deal firmly with any open showof dissent by players. (e.g. not moveaway from the incident, but stay anddeal with it).While recognising that players mayon occasions make an appeal fora decision (e.g. a throw-in, corneror goal-kick), it is important youdistinguish these from an act ofdissent which should be punishedwith a caution.You should use a steppedapproach, where appropriate,to managing players:1. Free-kick2. Free-kick with quiet word3. Free-kick with public admonishment(this is the time referees shouldconsider using the captain toemphasise the message)4. Yellow card.The stepped approach does notnegate the fact that as the referee,you have the authority within theLaws of the Game to issue disciplinarysanctions without recourse to thecaptain(s), including issuing a yellowor red card where the Laws require it.Even if the captain is some distancefrom an incident, but you feel youneed him/her involved in a discussionwith a player, you should call thecaptain over. This will ensure thecaptain remains your point of contactduring the game.These guidelines are an additionalpreventative/supportive tool forreferees to manage games effectively.The key is for referees to use captainsin a more visible way.16 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 17


How to introduceRespect at your clubFundamentally, we need you toaccept and understand the four stepsto Respect outlined on the previouspages – and then impart them toeveryone at your club.To get everyone on board, we suggestthe following actions.Attend a league information sessionIf your league decides to sign-upto Respect, your league officialswill hold an information session onRespect and the role your club will beexpected to play. It’s important yourclub is absolutely clear about whatyour involvement entails. Your leaguewill hand out Respect resources atthis session,Organise a club Respect session andinform your membersWe would recommend you organisean information session for your clubmembers, along the lines of theone you will be asked to attend byyour league. You can download adocument from www.TheFA.com/Respect with a suggested meetingformat – or you will hopefully havereceived a DVD which also containsthis document as a download.However it’s organised, you need toensure that all the members of yourclub read, understand and sign therelevant Codes of Conduct.Members include:• Club officials, Coaches and TeamManagers, including volunteers• Players (adults and young players,ie under 16)• Welfare Officers.Communicate with your spectatorsand parents/carers of young playersAlthough not under your directcontrol, spectators, whether regularsor not, have a key influence onstandards of behaviour: their ownand others.The same applies to parents/carerswho watch any of your club’syouth matches.You have a responsibility to lead byexample and set the standards ofbehaviour you expect from spectators– and then maintain these standards.So, depending on the size of yourclub, you may want to includespectators, parents/carers in yourclub information session(s).18 Respect and clubs with youth teamsRespect and clubs with youth teams 19


Communicating the Respectmessage to young playersRespect education programmeIf you have under-16 players atyour club, then please note thatthere is a Code of Conduct forYoung Players. This differs from theAdult Players’ Code of Conduct inlanguage and tone to ensure it iseasy to understand.You will need to ask these playersto sign the Code of Conduct beforethe start of the season. We havesuggested all players sign up to thesame form to show that it’s a teameffort as well as an individual promise.However, if you really want youngpeople to engage fully with theRespect programme, here is asuggested way to embed it in theirminds. Perhaps you should repeat itbefore every training session and/ormatch, and in time, get them to say ittogether before they go out?Other ways of encouraging goodbehaviour and Respect in youngplayers could include:• Respect posters in the changingrooms and clubhouse.• Introduce an award for the ‘RespectPlayer of the Season’ at each agegroup – ie a fair play award. Youcould even have a Respect Playerof the Match each week.• Introduce an award for the‘Respect Team of the Season’within the club at the end of theseason, ie the team with the bestdisciplinary record.It’s important to let the players knowthat everyone within the club willhave their own Code of Conduct.That means their parents/carers andother supporters, the coaches, teammanagers and club officials.Central to The FA’s commitment tothe Respect programme is the needto build upon the physical measures– such as the Codes of Conduct andDesignated Spectators’ Area – withan education programme.The programme will be deliveredby The FA’s educational arm,FA Learning. The key resource forparents is the FA’s online RespectParents & Carers GuideFor more information on theeducational services availablego to www.TheFA.com/Respector call the FA Learning hotlineon 0870 850 0424.R eferee is in chargeE ncourage team-matesS hout, but don’t criticiseP lay fairlyE njoy the gameC aptain only speaks to the refereeT ry, whatever the scoreHelp them understand it’s aboutmaking everyone responsible for theirindividual actions and ensuring theynot only respect others, but respectthe game of football itself.20 Respect and clubs with youth teamsRespect and clubs with youth teams 21


Welfare Officers andthe Respect programmeSafeguarding children is an integralaspect of the Respect programme. It’sabout raising awareness that bullyingand verbal, emotional and physicalabuse will not be tolerated in football.League and Club Welfare Officersplay a key role in this Safeguardingwork, and here’s how they arebeing introduced by The FootballAssociation, starting from last season:From season 2008-09:All leagues and clubs with youthteams, must have appointed a namedWelfare Officer, who has an ‘accepted’or as a minimum an ‘in progress’enhanced CRB check via The FACRB Unit.From season 2009-10:All leagues and clubs with youthteams, must have appointed anamed Welfare Officer, who has an‘accepted’ CRB check via The FA CRBUnit and who has completed The FASafeguarding Children Workshop.From season 2010-11:All leagues and clubs with youthteams must have a named WelfareOfficer, who has an ‘accepted’ CRBcheck via The FA CRB Unit andwho has completed The FASafeguarding Children and WelfareOfficer Workshop.League and Club Welfare Officersshould contact their CountyWelfare Officer to find out aboutopportunities for Welfare Officertraining and meetings.As Respect is all about creating afun and safe environment, there arespecific ways in which League andClub Welfare Officers can assist theprogramme’s implementation.The League Welfare Officer should:• Promote the Respect programmeas part of measures to safeguardchildren in the league.• Attend the Respect club informationsession run by the league.• Ensure Club Welfare Officersare familiar with the Respectprogramme.• Monitor behaviour in the leagueand feedback to The FA.• Ensure the Respect Codes ofConduct are distributed and used.The Club Welfare Officer should:• Promote the Respect programmeas part of the measures to createpositive football experiences withinthe club.• Attend the Respect informationsession held by the league and anysuch sessions held by the club.• Help people to understand theCodes of Conduct and to keepwithin the Respect DesignatedSpectators’ Area.• Talk to the County FA WelfareOfficer if any incidents of bullying,harassment, discrimination orabuse arise in the club.For further information on the roleof Welfare Officers please go towww.TheFA.com/footballsafe22 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 23


The first season of RespectThroughout the first season ofRespect (2008-09), its impact wasmonitored. The following are theheadline findings:• In the professional game playerbehaviour has improved. Therehave been 44% fewer cases ofmass confrontation and a 50%decline in cases of reportedharassment of referees. Refereesreport an improved relationshipwith players but feel that somemanagers could set a betterexample to players and spectators.• There has been an increase in thevolume of dissent cautions in allleagues apart from the PremierLeague. The Professional GameMatch Officials believe this to bea result of more referees dealingwith on-field dissent, instead oftolerating it, as in previous seasons.• The use of a team captains toassist the referee to manage playerbehaviour is considered to beof value.• Compared to the same period forseason 2007-08 there has been an8% rise in referee numbers. Thereare 53% more student referees(Level 9) in training and a 3%increase in Levels 1 – 8 trainees.• The FA is ahead of its recruitmenttargets for referees and currently hasover 26,000 registered referees.• The number of serious assaultson referees declined by 10% in2008-09 but disappointingly over500 referees still reported beingsubject to physical abuse.• In the amateur game, cautionsfor dissent have risen by 3% butthere has been a decline in chargesfor misconduct and the numberof dismissals.• The FA had a considerableimpact in youth football withthe promotion of adverts andeducational courses dealing withthe problem of abusive touchlineparents. This will continue to be afocus for the work of The FA.• The use of a DesignatedSpectators’ Area marked bybarriers, a painted line or conesis an effective way of improvingspectator barriers in youth football.• The vast majority of thoseinvolved in football agree that theRespect programme is definitelyneeded. It has to be a long-termprogramme that requires constantreinforcement and reinvention.• The Respect programme is anongoing commitment by thefootball authorities to tackle poorbehaviour and we will seek toimprove this position seasonon season.24 Respect and clubs with youth teams Respect and clubs with youth teams 25


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Respect Code of ConductRespect Code of ConductYoung PlayersSpectators and parents/carersWe all have a responsibility to promotehigh standards of behaviour in the game.As a player, you have a big part to play.That’s why The FA is asking every playerto 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 orwaste time• Respect my team-mates, the other team,the referee or my coach/manager• Play by the rules, as directed bythe referee• Shake hands with the other team andreferee at the end of the game• Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me• Talk to someone I trust or the clubwelfare officer if I’m unhappy aboutanything at my club.I understand that if I do not follow theCode, any/all of the following actions maybe taken by my club, County FA or The FA.I may:• Be required to apologise to myteam-mates, the other team, refereeor team manager• Receive a formal warning from thecoach 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 maymake my parent or carer aware of anyinfringements of the Code of Conduct• The FA/County FA could impose a fineand suspension against my club.We all have a responsibility to promote highstandards of behaviour in the game.This club is supporting The FA’s Respectprogramme to ensure football can be enjoyedin a safe, positive environment.Remember children’s football is a timefor them to develop their technical,physical, tactical and social skills. Winningisn’t everything.Play your part and observe The FA’sRespect Code of Conduct for playersat all times.I will:• Remember that children play for FUN• Applaud effort and good play as wellas success• Always respect the match officials’ decisions• Remain outside the field of play andwithin the Designated Spectators’ Area(where provided)• Let the coach do their job and notconfuse the players by telling them whatto do• Encourage the players to respect theopposition, referee and match officials• Avoid criticising a player for making amistake – 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 theCode, any/all of the following actions maybe taken by my club, County FA or The FA.I may:• Be issued with a verbal warning froma club or league official• Be required to meet with the club,league or CFA Welfare Officer• Be required to meet with the clubcommittee• Be obliged to undertake an FAeducation course• Be obliged to leave the match venueby the club• Be requested by the club not to attendfuture games• Be suspended or have my clubmembership removed• Be required to leave the club alongwith any dependents.In addition:• The FA/County FA could impose a fineand/or suspension on the club.TheFA.com/Respect


Respect Code of ConductRespect Code of ConductMatch OfficialsCoaches, Team Managersand Club OfficialsWe all have a responsibility to promote highstandards of behaviour in the game.The behaviour of the match officials hasan impact, directly and indirectly, on theconduct of everyone involved in the game –both on the pitch and on the sidelines.Play your part and observe The FA’sRespectCode of Conduct for match officialsat officials all time. at all time.I will:• Be honest and completely impartialat all times• Apply the Laws of the Game andcompetition rules fairly and consistently• Manage the game in a positive, calm andconfident manner• Deal with all instances of violence,aggression, unsporting behaviour, foulplay and other misconduct• Never tolerate offensive, insulting orabusive language or behaviour fromplayers and officials• Support my match official colleaguesat all times• Set a positive personal exampleby promoting good behaviour andshowing respect to everyone involvedin the game• Communicate with the players andencourage fair play• Support my match official colleaguesat all times• Set a positive personal exampleby promoting good behaviour andshowing respect to everyone involvedin the game• Communicate with the players andencourage fair play• Respond in a clear, calm and confidentmanner to any appropriate request forclarification by the team captains• Prepare physically and mentally forevery match• Complete and submit, accurate andconcise reports within the time limitrequired for games in which I officiate.I understand that if I do not follow theCode, any/all of the following actions maybe taken by my club, County FA or The FA.I maybe:• Required to meet with The FA/CountyFA Refereeing Official• Required to meet with The FA/CountyFA Refereeing Committee.We all have a responsibility to promote highstandards of behaviour in the game.In the FA’s survey of 37,000 grassrootsparticipants, behaviour was the biggestconcern in the game. This included the abuseof match officials and the unacceptablebehaviour of over competitive parents,spectators and coaches on the sideline.Play your part and observe the FA’s RespectCode of Conduct in everything you do.On and off the field, I will:• Show respect to others involved in thegame including match officials, oppositionplayers, coaches, managers, officials andspectators• Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game• Promote Fair Play and high standardsof behaviour• Always respect the match official’s decision• Never enter the field of play without thereferee’s permission• Never engage in public criticism of thematch officials• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive,insulting or abusive language or behaviour.On and off the field, I will:• Place the well-being, safety andenjoyment of each player aboveeverything, including winning• Explain exactly what I expect of playersand what they can expect from me• Ensure all parents/carers of all playersunder the age of 18 understand theseexpectations• Never engage in or tolerate any formof bullying• Develop mutual trust and respect withevery player to build their self-esteem• Encourage each player to acceptresponsibility for their own behaviourand performance• Ensure all activities I organise areappropriate for the players’ ability level,age and maturity• Co-operate fully with others in football(e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists,welfare officers) for each player’sbest interests.I understand that if I do not follow theCode, any/all of the following actions maybe taken by my club, County FA or The FA.I may be:• Required to meet with the club, leagueor County Welfare Officer• Required to meet with the club committee• Monitored by another club coach• Required to attend a FA education course• Suspended by the club from attendingmatches• Suspended or fined by the County FA• Required to leave or be sacked by the club.In addition:• My FACA (FA Coaches Association)membership may be withdrawn.TheFA.com/RespectTheFA.com/Respect


Respect Code of ConductAdult PlayersWe all have a responsibility to promote highstandards of behaviour in the game.Players tell us they want a referee for everymatch, yet 7,000 match officials drop outeach season because of the abuse andintimidation they receive on and off the pitch.Respect your referee today and you mayjust get one for every match this season.Play your part and observe The FA’sRespect Code of Conduct for playersat all times.On and off the field, I will:• Adhere to the Laws of The Game• Display and promote high standardsof behaviour• Promote Fair Play• Always respect the matchofficials’ decisions• Never engage in public criticismof the match officials• Never engage in offensive, insultingor abusive language or behaviour• Never engage in bullying, intimidationor harassment• Speak to my team-mates, the oppositionand my coach/manager with respect• Remember we all make mistakes• Win or lose with dignity. Shake handswith the opposing team and the refereeat the end of every game.I understand that if I do not follow theCode, any/all of the following actions maybe taken by my club, County FA or The FA.I may:• Be required to apologise to team-mates,the other team, referee or team manager• Receive a warning from the coach• Receive a written warning from theclub committee• Be required to attend an FAeducation course• Be dropped or substituted• Be suspended from training• Not be selected for the team• Be required to serve a suspension• Be fined• Be required to leave the club.In addition:• The FA/County FA could impose a fineand/or suspension on the club.TheFA.com/RespectRespect and clubs with youth teams 33


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