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Code of Conduct


The WCSFA supports the FA/ESFA RESPECT programme to tackle unacceptable behaviour across the whole game. We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in football and this includes all those involved in schools’ football


  • Regard it as an honour and privilege to represent a School/District/County team.
  • Treat the match as a game that is fun, but play by the rules.
  • Take pride in your performance and that of your team and encourage others in your team to do their best.
  • Accept all decisions by match officials.
  • Recognise good play by all players in your team and by your opponents.
  • Accept victory modestly and learn to accept defeat in the right manner and not to look for excuses as to why you may not have been successful on a particular occasion.
  • Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team mates and opponents, or match officials is not acceptable.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully, or take advantage of any player.
  • Shake hands with your opponents at the end of each game, regardless of the result.
  • Thanks the referee and his/her assistants for their efforts at the end of a game.
  • Talk to someone you trust or the welfare officer, if you are unhappy about anything concerning the team.


  • Respect all decisions made by the match officials.
  • Encourage your child / young player to play by the rules.
  • Be a good role model by positively supporting teams in every way possible and be generous with praise.
  • Remember, the young people are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment, not yours. Emphasise to your child / young player that fun and enjoyment as the main purpose of sport.
  • Respect other spectators, coaches and participants.
  • Recognise and respect the performance of players in both teams, not just the team you are supporting. Applaud good play from both teams and accept victory modestly and defeat graciously.
  • Never ridicule or yell at your child / young player, or any other player for making a mistake, or losing a game.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Do not interfere with instructions given by the teacher/coach in charge of the team.
  • Remember that school staff/team managers, and match officials have given their time to provide your child / young player with sporting opportunities. We need your help and co-operation to ensure that the experience is both positive and successful.


  • Put the wellbeing and safety of players above all other considerations.
  • Ensure that young players take part in a safe environment, with contingency for any emergency, including first aid.
  • Ensure good supervision of young players, both on and off the field of play.
  • Never allow a player to play if injured.
  • Communicate immediately but privately with officials/ opposition coaches if you consider the young players may be in danger within the match situation.
  • Display high standards of behaviour and appearance- and display sportsmanship in all situations. Encourage supporters to display a sportsmanlike attitude.
  • Be a positive role model for all those in your care.
  • Enjoy yourself and in doing so promote enjoyment for others.
  • Keep winning and losing in perspective and encourage young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances.
  • Respect all match officials and the decisions they make and ensure that the players recognise that they must do the same.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner to all young players, both before, during and after games.
  • Ensure the players respect their opponents before, during and after games. Arrange for your players to shake hands with their opponents and match officials at the end of the game.


  • Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating young players.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Recognise the safety of young players is paramount.
  • Explain decisions- all young players are still learning.
  • Show empathy for the age and ability of young players.
  • Be consistent and objective.
  • Ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches, or spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with by school staff immediately.
  • Be aware and abide by the Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures.