All managers, players and spectators should read the Respect guide.
Every team should use a respect barrier to identify the area which spectators should stand. This barrier should be placed on the other side of the pitch from where the Managers, Coaches and players are located.
Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated by the club. If any unacceptable behaviour is reported to the club it will be dealt with as a matter of importance.
Sanctions can range from a warning, a fine or being asked to leave the club.
Codes of Conduct
When playing football, I will:
- Always play my best for the benefit of the team
- Play fairly and be friendly
- Play by the rules and respect the Referee
- Shake hands with the other team – win or lose
- Listen carefully to what my coach tells me
- Understand that a coach has to do what’s best for the team
- Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club
- Encourage my team mates
- Respect the facilities home & away
I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may:
- Be asked to apologise to whoever I’ve upset
- Receive a formal warning
- Be dropped, substituted or suspended from training
Spectators and Parents/Carers
- Have fun; it’s what we’re all here for!
- Celebrate effort and good play from both sides
- Always respect the Referee and coaches and encourage players to do the same
- Stay behind the touchline and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)
- When players make mistakes, offer them encouragement to try again next time
- Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may be:
- Issued with a verbal warning or asked to leave
- Required to meet with the club committee, league or CFA Welfare Officer
- Obliged to undertake an FA education course
- Requested not to attend future games, be suspended or have my membership removed
- Required to leave the club along with any dependents and/or issued a fine
Managers and Coaches
We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour 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.
- 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
Discipline and Misconduct
All reported discipline or misconduct reports that result in a fine will be the responsibility of the team management/players.
When the report is received by the club the manager will be sent a letter which will highlight the offence which has been committed and what the sanction is.
The fine will then have to be paid to the club within 10 days of the letter.
If this fine is not received then the club reserves the right to suspend the player or teams registration until the money is received.
There is no profit made by the club, all money received is paid directly to the league or MCFA.