Code of Conduct for parents/spectators

• Remember that children play for FUN
• Applaud effort and good play as well as success
• Always respect the match officials’ decisions
• Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)
• Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
• Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials
• Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning
• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour.

Code of Conduct for coaches, team managers and club officials

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.


  • 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 – not condoning any form of cheating, complaining and wasting of time.
  • 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.
  • Shake hands with the opposition and officials at the end of the game


  • Always coach to the best of my ability and place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  • Develop a fun environment, identify and praise good play and performance at every opportunity, ignore poor performance but explain good performance.
  • Never scold for mistakes or errors but encourage future positive actions
  • 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.
  • Listen and respond positively to what is being said

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.

If I am unhappy about anything at the club I will inform or seek advice from those responsible at the club.

Code of Conduct for players

• Always play to the best of my ability
• Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time.
• Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my coach/manager.
• Play by the rules, as directed by the referee
• Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
• Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me
• Talk to someone I trust or the club’s Welfare Officer if I’m unhappy about anything at Edgware and Kingsbury Youth FC.