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Parents stand at the side of a pitch and watch their kids in a football match.

Agree on a code of conduct

Matchday is exciting, but it’s important not to get carried away. Sometimes it’s necessary to remind parents of that. You may have to ask them to take a step back and think about their actions and how they can be more helpful on the touchline. 

To help with this, think ahead. At the start of the season, share your philosophy and aims for the campaign. Then, create a code of conduct with them. This gets everyone on the same page from the outset. It’s good to have some empowerment there. If the people abiding by it have something to do with putting it together, they’re more likely to uphold it. They may even manage that situation for you to ensure everyone sticks to the rules. 

If you’re looking for ideas, we have some examples you can download. Visit England Football by using this link, then scroll down and click on ‘codes of conduct’. 

Treat them as part of your team

Yes, it can sometimes be hard to deal with parents. But good communication with them is key to running your team effectively. After all, they’re often the ones who keep bringing your players to training and matchday. So, treat them as a crucial part of your team by sharing essential information and making them feel valued. 

In this video, Sharon Muxworthy and Danny Fenner delve into this by discussing:

  • why communication with parents is important  
  • what apps you can use to communicate with them  
  • how you can get parents involved further with the team.