RESPECT

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RESPECT

The behavioural code for football

Respect is the FA initiative aimed at developing a nationwide collective responsibility amongst everybody involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. It was launched at the start of the 2008/09 season and sought to build upon practical measures that progressive clubs, leagues and grass roots organisations had been promoting for some time.

The FA’s Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football – to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

Respect is a continuous FA programme, not a one-off initiative.

The Guernsey FA is committed to reinforcing and promoting this programme at all levels of local football and ‘good practice’ recognition will be received by those most deserving in terms of promoting and following the Respect measures. By contrast, the Guernsey FA will endeavour to take the necessary and appropriate action in cases of ‘poor practice’ to ensure that the local

RESPECT for Clubs

For clubs, the Respect programme includes four practical steps to improve behaviour – on the

pitch and on the sidelines:

Step 1: Codes of Conduct

Step 2: Managing the Match Day environment

Step 3: The captain takes responsibility

Step 4: The referee manages the game

 

These steps are designed to support the Respect programme in achieving the following:

1. There will be a base of registered referees in England sufficient for the demands of the game at every level.

2. There will be zero tolerance for assaults on referees.

3. There will be an improvement in on-field player discipline, particularly in the area of dissent to referees and in competitions that have an established record of poor discipline.

4. There will be a ‘step change‘ in youth football on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour from parents, spectators and coaches.

5. We will work with coaches to create an enjoyable learning environment for children’s football

 

The most important message of the Respect programme is that real and lasting change will come about not through the intervention of the Football Authorities but from everyone in football taking collective responsibility to promote what is good in the game and deal with that which diminishes it.

 

Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct aren’t new and are already in use by some clubs (for example, they are mandatory for Charter Standard Clubs). Some Codes are successful; some are forgotten and simply not acted upon.

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.

There are Respect Codes of Conduct for:

Young Players

Adult Players

Spectators and Parents/Carers

Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials

Match Officials

Each Code explains that actions can be taken if the Code is broken. Although Guernsey FA or The FA will deal with cases of reported misconduct, clubs and leagues also have a role to play in dealing with poor behaviour from players, officials or spectators. This can range from education, mentoring, official warnings, suspension or even exclusion from the club.

Respect works on placing responsibility on individuals for their actions: break your Code, and bear the consequences.

All of the Respect Codes of Conduct and Club Guide can be downloaded in the Documents section below.

RESPECT for Team Captains

Being named captain of a team is an honour. It’s recognition of a person’s ability to organise, lead and motivate others. The best captains are inspirational - they are role models for their team mates providing an example of how the game should be played.

For the FA’s Respect programme to succeed it’s important that team captains play their part. They need to use their influence to help maintain an environment which allows the teams to play and for referees to officiate.

Download the Respect guide for Team Captains in the Documents section below

RESPECT for Referees

One of the main aims of Respect is to tackle the mass drop-out of referees from football due to abuse.

Thousands of referees drop out of the game every season, mainly due to the abuse they receive on the pitch and from the sidelines.

1. There will be a base of registered referees in England sufficient for the demands of the game at every level.

2. There will be zero tolerance for assaults on referees.

3. There will be an improvement in on-field player discipline, particularly in the area of dissent to referees and in competitions that have an established record of poor discipline.

4. There will be a ‘step change‘ in youth football on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour from parents and spectators.

5. We will work with coaches to create an enjoyable learning environment for children’s football.

Download the Respect guide for Referees in the Documents section below

RESPECT for Leagues

Successful delivery of the Respect programme is a collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to try to ensure that the game is fair, safe and enjoyable – this includes Leagues.

Functioning and successful Leagues should have the following:

Commitment – The leagues should have formally indicated its willingness to commit to the Respect programme to the FA or CFA and provided a briefing to its member clubs.

Codes of Conduct – The league shall require all players and club officials to have signed the FA’s Respect Codes of Conduct and produce these if so requested by the league management committee. These codes can be incorporated into the player registration process.

Role of the Captains – The participating clubs taking part in the fixture shall identify a team captain designated with a captain’s armband who has a responsibility to offer support in the management of the on-field discipline of his/her team mates.

A fair, competitive but not antagonistic environment – Prior to each match the participating teams and officials shall conduct the ‘Respect’ handshake and/or participating teams to offer handshakes to the opposing team after the match.

Designated Spectator Areas – Youth leagues should incorporate into its rules a requirement that each home club shall make arrangements for the provision of designated areas for spectators.

Download the Respect guide for Leagues in the Documents section below

All other Respect guidance documents can be downloaded below or accessed from the FA website at the following link; http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/player/respect/respect-resources

For further details on the Respect Programme please contact the Guernsey County FA Respect Lead Officer:

Respect Lead Officer – Angus Mackay

T: 01481200443 

E: angus.mackay@guernseyfa.com

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