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“The Respect programme is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in the game.”
“The Respect programme is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in the game.”
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The FA Respect programme is a whole game initiative that is designed to improve behaviour on and off the field. Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. This page of the website is dedicated to ensuring that the programme can be implemented within your club.

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 Clubs do what they can to ensure that positive behavior is constantly being conveyed to players, spectators and all club officials. There are plenty of Respect Resources which will help you do this.

Here are some top tips in helping your club implement the Respect Programme effectively.

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 the FA’s Codes of Conduct are distributed at the start of each season to players, parents, and all club members. Any individual attached to the club should read, accept and agree to adhere to the codes throughout the season and be aware of potential sanctions for inappropriate behavior. Codes of Conduct for all club officials can be found at the following link.

Spectator Areas
Be aware if that there should be a Designated Spectator Area in place at every junior football match in Derbyshire. It is the responsibility of the home side to set up the designated spectator area and inform the opposition team and their officials of where they need to stand. The Spectator areas can be made up of cones, or a white line and should be set up to meet the needs of the venue/ pitch. It is the responsibility of the club to ensure parents/ spectators remain within their designated area.  

Promotion of Respect
There are many resources available for clubs to reinforce the message of respect throughout the season. These resources will help clubs maintain their high standards by reinforcing positive messages. There is an Parent Online Guide which is a free online resource focusing on the behavior of a parent both before, during and after the game- this link can be found by clicking here (
In 2012 The launched an interactive online resource called Use Your Head which provides many thought-provoking films, and activities which make individuals think about their behavior. It would be beneficial to ask club members to access Use Your Head which can be accesses on the following link (

If you would like Derbyshire FA to attend a club event to talk to club members on the Respect Programme please contact Cath Morton, Respect Lead Officer on 01332 3651422 or email 

Positive messages to players
Ensure that players are encouraged to implement Respect and best practice. In adult football the match official may have a briefing with captains before the game to discuss how the game will be managed. The Referee may also use the captain throughout the game to help manage behavior and prevent the awarding of any cards. The team captain should be aware of their additional responsibilities. The Referee may also adopt a Respect hand-shake before the game.

In junior football coaches should encourage their players to accept decisions, show respect to everyone involved in the game and to shake-hands before and after the game.

Monitoring Respect
It is essential that any behavior that breaks the Respect Codes of Conduct is reported. Please contact your Club Welfare Officer or Cath Morton, County Welfare Officer/ Respect Lead Officer on 01332 361422 or by email if you observe any inappropriate behavior on or off the field.

“The Respect programme is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in the game.”