Respect Programme

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In response to widespread concern as to problems that were being experienced at many levels of football the Respect Programme was launched at the start of the 2008/09 season.

Respect is The FA’s programme of activities to combat unacceptable behaviour in our game at every level – on the pitch, and from the sidelines. It features four practical steps to positively influence every game throughout the country, as well as an integrated education programme and awareness campaign.

Addressing unacceptable behaviour was the No.1 priority emerging from the biggest opinion survey to date of grassroots football in England.

Respect will also provide added momentum behind four National Game Strategy priorities:

  •  Referee recruitment and retention
  •  Participation within youth football
  • Coaching and player development
  • Safeguarding children

Step 1: Codes of Conduct.
Codes of Conduct aren’t new and are already in use by some clubs (this is mandatory for FA Charter Standard Clubs). Some are successful; some are forgotten and simply not acted upon. Respect brings them to life by supporting and strengthening the Codes of Conduct with possible consequences.

Step 2: Designated Spectators’ Area.
The creation of designated areas for spectators is a key element of Respect but is a measure largely aimed at youth football where large numbers of spectators can be attracted, some of whom may behave poorly.

Step 3: The captain takes responsibility.
Often problems start at matches when individual players are abusive towards the referee, which escalates into several players confronting the referee at the same time. Respect aims to stop this cycle before it starts. Only the captain can challenge decisions made by the referee and the captain needs to manage his/her team to ensure this is always observed.

Step 4: The referee manages the game.
As the referee, you are expected to work with the team captains to manage the players and game effectively. Referees must control the game by applying the Laws of the Game and deal firmly with any open show of dissent by players.


Coaches - want to know how to use Respect to become a better coach?
Find out how using the free interactive online course and if you’re a Level One or Level Two Coach you will earn two hours Continuous Professional Development (CPD) while you doing so!

Log into Members Services using your FA number (FAN) and password. Once you are logged in, select ‘My Football’, followed by ‘Online Courses’ and choose ‘Respect For Coaches’ to enrol. You will then gain access to a wide range of videos and resources, including tips from some of England’s most prestigious football academies, to help you become a better coach.

For further details on the Respect Programme please contact the Jersey FA welfare officer Robert.Lawrence@JerseyFA.com