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Official's/Managers Code of Conduct

Officials (Team Managers, Coaches, Club officials etc.)

Officials, particularly managers, have a crucial role to play in the game

· Encourage your players to play in the correct spirit.

· Do not abuse your own players or those of the other team.

· Handle any unruly behaviour among your spectators before it gets out of hand.

· Do not use foul or abusive language to match officials, players or spectators.

· Under no circumstances, enter the field of play during the course of a match unless expressly requested to do so by the referee.

· Referees, and parents and spectators who are officiating as referees and assistant referees have the full authority of the FA. It is the responsibility of Club officials to ensure they are treated with respect.

Under no circumstances, remove your team from the pitch without the express permission of the referee.

The Responsible Football Coach/Manager, Code of Conduct for Football

· Coaches/Team Managers must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

· Coaches/Team Managers must place the wellbeing and safety of each player above other considerations including the development of performance.

· Coaches/Team Managers must adhere to all guidelines laid down within the Constitution and Rules of the Football Association.

· Coaches/Team Managers must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based upon mutual trust and respect.

· Coaches/Team Managers must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

· Coaches/Team Managers must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

· Coaches/Team Managers must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for age, maturity, experience and ability of their players.

· Coaches/Team Managers should at the outset, clarify with players (and their parents/guardians) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach/team manager.

· Coaches/Team Managers must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists etc) in the best interests of the player.

· Coaches/Team Managers must always promote the League’s Code of Conduct and emphasise the positive aspects of the sport to players, parents and spectators alike. Never condone violations of the Laws of the Game or behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws or relevant rules and regulations or with the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

· Coaches/Team Managers must consistently display high standards of behaviour and be role models for players, parents and spectators.

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