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Code of Conduct for Parents & Spectators

This is a code of conduct for parents & spectators that watch training sessions and matches.

Parents & spectators have a huge influence on a child’s enjoyment and success in football. It's important to stress that positive encouragement will contribute towards children enjoying football, having a sense of personal achievement, self-esteem, and working to improve their skills and techniques.

A parent & spectator's expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards other players, match officials, and managers & coaches.

We encourage all parents & spectators to:

  • Applaud the opposition as well as their own team.
  • Avoid coaching the players during the game (this must be left to the manager and coaches).
  • Never shout, scream or use foul & abusive language.
  • Respect the referee’s decision, and bear in mind that a lot of referees in junior football are children themselves.
  • Give attention to each of the players involved in football, not just the most talented.
  • Give positive encouragement to everyone to participate in football.
  • Keep an eye on their own children on the sideline to make sure they're behaving (the managers have enough to do when the matches are on).

If you do not follow this code of conduct when watching matches or training sessions, you may be:

  • Issued with a warning from the club, league or County FA.
  • Required to meet with the club, league or County FA Welfare Officer.
  • Required to meet with the Club committee to explain your actions.
  • Required to undertake an FA education course.
  • Asked not to attend any future training sessions or matches by the club.
  • Suspended or required to leave the club.

Note that when we refer to "parents", we are talking about the parents, guardian's or carers for a player (whoever is bringing them to training sessions and matches).

If you have queries about anything above, or can think of something that should be added, email