The Jersey Football Association has welcomed new figures which show the level of behaviour at local youth matches is above average when compared to the nation (England) as a whole.
Statistics compiled by the FA, based on ratings submitted by managers and coaches after each fixture, gave Jersey a Respect rating of 92% for the first part of the season. The national average was 88%, with the target set at 90%.
Coaches and managers rate the behaviour of the players and also the off pitch environment after every fixture, submitting green, amber or red ratings via the FA Matchday App or Full-Time results website.
The statistics are based on 50 local fixtures and show that in Jersey, in 92.4% of cases a “double green” was given.
“This is very encouraging news,” said the JFA CEO David Kennedy.
“A lot of hard work is being put in by the Jersey FA to ensure local football is played in a positive environment and that from an early age the importance of respecting the referee and fellow participants is highlighted.
“We know from research the most children play better with positivity. Parents, coaches, spectators and the players all have a role to play to make sure everyone leaves a fixture having had an enjoyable experience.”
The FA recently launched its Pledge of Positivity campaign, led by England manager Gareth Southgate, urging all those involved in Under 18 grassroots football to commit to creating a more positive environment at matches.
Luca Caviglione from St Lawrence FC added: "Such high local respect stats just goes to prove what a great job the JFA and local junior team coaches and clubs are doing at grassroots level, to ensure our budding young footballers enjoy every minute of their sport and passion."