In The FA's survey of over 37,000 grassroots participants, behaviour was the biggest concern 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
I understand that breaches of the code may result in action being taken by my County FA and / or The FA. Learn more at
Should anyone have concerns that the above code is not being adhered to should report this to a member of the committee
F.A. Respect Code of Conduct - COACHES
We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.