RESPECT Code of Conduct for Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials


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.

Play your part and observe the FA’s RESPECT Code of Conduct for coaches, team managers and club officials at all times.

On and Off the Field, I will:

  • 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 players’ best interests.

I understand that breaches of the code may result in action being taken by my County FA and/or The FA.