The FA’s Respect programme provides tools for clubs to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game. It is essential that Players are aware of the Respect programme and their responsibilities to ensure the game is played in a fair and enjoyable environment.
Here are some top tips in helping you and your club implement the Respect Programme effectively.
All footballers should follow these guidelines;
• Win and lose with dignity – no one likes a show off or a cry baby.
• Start and Finish the game with a hand-shake
• Save the diving for the springboard.
• Tell the team moaner to shut it and get on with the game.
• Offer the Referee a drink at the end of the game rather than your glasses.
The FA has provided Codes of Conduct to help individuals and Clubs think about their behavior.
Codes of Conduct
Respect Codes of Conduct are one of the most powerful resources available to clubs as they outline what behavior is not acceptable. Please ensure that you read and understand the Players Codes of Conduct. It is your responsibility to adhere to the codes that you have signed up to- failure to do so may result in sanctions against you and your team. Codes of Conduct for all club officials can be found at the following link.
The Role of the Captain
As your team's captain, you have a vital role to play in helping us achieve the number one priority for footballers in The FA's biggest-ever survey of grassroots football - a referee for every game.
Thousands of referees are dropping out each season because of the abuse and intimidation they receive. It ruins games and can cause matches to be abandoned. Then we've all lost. Team Captains can provide a link between the match official and the players to ensure match day behaviour is controlled through positive communication.
The match official will now meet the Captains before the game to provide guidance and information on the expectations of the player’s behaviour. The Referee may also use the Captain during the game if there are concerns about player’s behaviour; this may prevent a caution.
“The Respect programme is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in the game.”