Code of Conduct for Players
It's important that everyone behaves themselves when playing football, and players have a big part to play.
That's why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.
- Always try their best, even if they're losing or if the other team is stronger.
- Always work hard and behave themselves during both matches and training sessions.
- Listen to their manager and coaches, and respect what they have to say say.
- Practice their football skills as often as possible, not just when they're at training or matches.
- Play fairly - don't cheat, complain or waste time.
- Never be rude to team mates, the other team, the referee, spectators or managers.
- Always be positive and encourage team mates.
- Never blame team mates for mistakes during a match.
- Do what the referee tells them to do.
- Shake hands with the team mate they're being substituted on or off for.
- Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game.
- Ensure they adhere to the club's Social Media Policy.
If players don't follow this code of conduct, they may:
- Be required to apologise to their team mates, the other team, referee or coach.
- Receive a warning from their coach or the club.
- Be substituted or suspended from training and/or matches.
- Be asked to leave the club.
If a player is unhappy about anything at the club, they should talk to someone they trust about it, e.g. their parents, their coach/manager, or the club's Welfare Officer.
If you have queries about anything above, or can think of something that should be added, email firstname.lastname@example.org.