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Team Managers & Coaches Code of Conduct

We all bear a collective responsibility to set a good example and help provide a positive environment in which children can learn and enjoy the game. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct at all times.

As a manager / coach you have a responsibility to follow this Respect Code of Conduct.


A manager / coach should:


  • Use my position to set a positive example for the young people I am responsible for

  • Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers,officials and spectators

  • Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game

  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour

  • Respect the match official’s decision

  • Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission

  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

  • Be gracious in victory and defeat.

  • Offer fair playing time to all regardless of the level of standard for individuals 

  • Ensure that I adhear to the clubs ethos

  • Advocate for fair play, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for everyone involved

  • Exhibit good sportsmanship and positive behavior both on and off the field.

  • Encourage players to demonstrate fair play, teamwork, and respect towards opponents.

  • Handle conflicts or disputes in a professional and constructive manner.

  • Seek guidance from club officials or relevant authorities when necessary.


A manager / coach should:


  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning

  • Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying

  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance

  • Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity

  • Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests.

  • Treat all participants fairly, irrespective of factors such as race, gender, nationality, religion, or ability.

  • Cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces players from diverse backgrounds.

  • Treat all participants, including players, parents, coaches, officials, and volunteers, with respect and courtesy.

Managers and Coaches Obligations to The Opposing Team:
A manager / coach should:


  • Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

  • Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

  • Shake hands with the opposing team at the end of the game.



Respect for The Laws of the Game And Competition Rules:
A manager / coach should:


  • Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.

  • Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.

  • Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.


Respect Towards the Match Officials:
A manager / coach should:


  • Accept and respect the decision of the Match Official without protest.

  • Avoid words or actions that may mislead a Match Official.

  • Show due respect towards Match Officials and shake their hands at the end of the game.

  • Avoid using any foul, abusive or offensive language towards match officials.


Respect Towards Spectators:

A manager / coach should:

  • Show due respect to the interests of spectators, from both your own team and the opposition, particularly young spectators.

  • Lead by example

  • Report any poor behaviour from any spectatotrs to the Club Welfare Officer and respective leage representatives 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my
club, County FA or The FA:


• Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer
• Suspended by the club from attending matches
• Suspended or fined by the County FA
• Required to leave or be sacked by the club.

• My FA Coaching Licence may be withdrawn & DBS

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