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Players RESPECT Code of Conduct

Players are the most important people in the sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game. But players should not adopt a 'win-at-all-costs' attitude. Fair play and respect for all others in the game is fundamentally important.


As a player you have a responsibility to follow this Respect Code of Conduct.


Player’s Obligations Towards the Game:
A player should:


  • Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics, stamina and understanding the rules of the game.

  • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

  • Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

  • Avoid all forms of poor gamesmanship and time wasting.

  • Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including others involved in the game.

  • Not use inappropriate language.


Player’s Obligations Towards Their Own Team:
A player should:


  • Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help their own team win.

  • Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question their commitment to the team winning.

  • Respect their team-mates.


Player’s Obligations to The Opposing Team:
A player 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 player 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 player 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 Team Officials:
A player should:


  • Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.

  • Show due respect towards their own Team Officials and the Team Officials of the opposition.


Respect Towards Spectators:

A player should:


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


If a player is unhappy about anything at The Club, they MUST talk to someone they trust or the Club Welfare Officer.


Player’s MUST understand that if the above Code of Conduct is not followed, any/all of the following actions may be taken by The Club, County FA or The FA:


The Player may:


  • Be required to apologise to their team-mates, the opposing team, referee or team officials.

  • Receive a formal warning from the coach or the Club Committee.

  • Be dropped or substituted.

  • Be suspended from training.

  • Be asked to leave The Club.


In addition:


  • The Club, County FA or The FA may make the player’s parent or carer aware of any infringements of this Code of Conduct.

  • The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against the player and/or The Club.

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