Code of conduct
Coaches and players need to respect each other. So, being aware of and managing unacceptable behaviour from players, spectators, and parents/carers is essential. A football club code of conduct can help with this.
A code of conduct is an essential aspect of a club’s safeguarding and player welfare framework. The code clearly spells out what’s acceptable behaviour and the consequences for unacceptable behaviour. Every club should adopt the code by having members sign up to it.
The code is like a club's roadmap. It outlines expected behaviours and details what happens when an individual’s conduct breaks the code.
Does your club use a code of conduct? If not, get started with one by taking a look at the Respect resources and the football club code of conduct template.
Misconduct, discrimination, and discipline
Sometimes, behaviour doesn’t meet the expected standards, breaching club codes of conduct and possibly FA disciplinary rules.
We need to tackle misconduct in football, both on and off the pitch. Nobody's got time for it. So, let's kick out discrimination to make a fair and inclusive game for all.
Have a look at the below ‘Enough is Enough’ videos and article to help raise awareness and tackle unacceptable behaviour.