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FA Respect

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. Guide Link.


Codes of Conduct aren't new and are already in use by some clubs (it is mandatory for Charter Standard clubs). Respect brings them to life.
How? By supporting and strengthening the Codes of Conduct with possible consequences. There is little point in having a set of rules if no action is taken if and when they're broken.
Respect affects the entire game, and needs your help, regardless of how you are involved in football.

  • Player
  • Coach
  • Referee
  • Parents and Spectators
  • Club and League Officials
  • Club Welfare Officers
  • Youth League Welfare Officers
  • County FA Welfare Officers


Whether you're in the starting team or on the bench, your role as a player is crucial to the success of Respect.
On a matchday, you'll be expected to work with your coaches and your captain to allow the referee to manage the game without being subjected to abuse. With the game losing thousands of referees from the game every year, it's hugely important, because without the referees, the game isn't the same.

If the league you play in adopts the Respect programme, you will be asked to read, agree to, and sign, a Code of Conduct at your club. This will be your 'promise' to abide by a set of rules governing your behavior as a player. Working together with your coach, your captain, and each referee that takes charge of your games during the season, you can play a major role in improving the game for everyone, through Respect.


Coaches have a hugely important role to play in Respect, as they are not only responsible for their own behaviour, but they can also influence that of their players and spectators, too.
On a match day, you'll be expected to work with your players, parents and other spectators to allow the referee to manage the game without being subjected to abuse.


The Respect programme aims to allow Referees to officiate matches without being subjected to abuse by players, coaches or spectators - and the referees themselves have a key part to play in the process.
Working in partnership with the clubs they officiate, referees can provide post-match feedback regarding the behaviour of players, parents, coaches and other spectators, to help the clubs enforce their Codes of Conduct.


Parents have a big responsibility as part of the Respect programme.
Respect is working to eradicate touchline abuse in football, and parents can play their part by agreeing to, and signing, their club's Code of Conduct and abiding by them throughout the season.
Parents also have a responsibility for their children's behaviour. The players will also be asked to sign a Code of Conduct, and parents can encourage their children to adhere to the players' code.


The Respect programme relies on clubs and leagues to take active steps to ensure high standards of conduct throughout their club or league.
Leagues can champion the Respect programme, and communicate the importance of Respect to their member clubs through meetings and bulletins

Codes of Conduct

There are five Codes of Conduct, each listing possible penalties for breaking these 'promises'. The Codes are aimed at:

  • Young Players (document below)
  • Adult Players
  • Spectators and Parents/Carers (document below)
  • Coaches and Club Officials (document below)
  • Match Officials


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