In Manchester, over 90% of our leagues are signed up to the FA Respect programme and all FA Charter Standard Clubs endorse the programme, with many embedding a specific Respect Co-ordinator within their club or league. 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.
For leagues and clubs, the Respect programme includes four practical steps to improve behaviour- on the pitch and on the sidelines- in and at matches throughout the country:
Step 1: Codes of Conduct.
Codes of Conduct aren’t new and are already in use by some clubs (this is mandatory for FA Charter Standard Clubs). Some are successful; some are forgotten and simply not acted upon. Respect brings them to life by supporting and strengthening the Codes of Conduct with possible consequences.
There are Respect Codes of Conduct for:
- Young Players
- Adult Players
- Spectators and Parents/Carers
- Coaches, Team Management and Club Officials
- Match Officials
Step 2: Designated Spectators’ Area.
The creation of designated areas for spectators is a key element of Respect but is a measure largely aimed at youth football where large numbers of spectators can be attracted, some of whom may behave poorly.
Step 3: The captain takes responsibility.
Often problems start at matches when individual players are abusive towards the referee, which escalates into several players confronting the referee at the same time. Respect aims to stop this cycle before it starts. Only the captain can challenge decisions made by the referee and the captain needs to manage his/her team to ensure this is always observed.
Step 4: The referee manages the game.
As the referee, you are expected to work with the team captains to manage the players and game effectively. Referees must control the game by applying the Laws of the Game and deal firmly with any open show of dissent by players.
Manchester FA is inviting every league in the county to sign-up to the principles of Respect and to introduce the 4 practical steps at club level to ensure football is played in a safe, positive environment.
For more information on RESPECT in Clubs click HERE
For more information on RESPECT in Leagues click HERE
For more information on RESPECT with Players click HERE
For more information on RESPECT and Referees click HERE
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