The Nottinghamshire FA launched its  Respect  Programme in February 2009 since when there have been further developments in the implementation of the programme throughout the county.

This is part of a national programme to improve touchline behaviour by coach’s, managers, spectators towards referees and youth players. We want to get everybody agreeing to and enforcing the Codes of Conduct, helping create fun and safe playing environments.

The Respect programme will help us in:

  • Supporting existing referees to stay in the game
    • Recruiting more referees
    • Creating fun and safe playing environments
    • Educating people on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
    • Addressing poor and unacceptable behaviour towards referees and youngsters
    • Taking action against those committing abuse.

The Notts Youth Football League has been awarded the status of a FA  Respect League and all member clubs are required to comply with the expectations and ensure that:

  • Team captains wear the FA Respect armbands
    • Spectators are at least 2 metres from the touchline either by use of respect barriers, posts & ropes, cones or marked line parallel to the touchline.
    • To familiarise themselves, and all members of their clubs including club officials, players, spectators and parents, with the FA Respect Codes of Conduct and comply with these at all times both on  and off the field of play.


 Clubs who breach any of the FA Respect Codes of Conduct will be:

Stage 1:        Required to respond to any written allegations detailing the investigations undertaken by the club in respect of these allegations and subsequent actions in the club to ensure that all its members are compliant with the FA Respect Codes of Conduct.

Stage 2:        Required to attend a meeting with the League Disciplinary & Respect Committee.

Stage 3:        Reported to the parent County Association whereupon further action may be taken against the club

Respect Codes of Conduct

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

As a player, spectator, parent/carer, referee, club official, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player, spectator, parent/carer, referee, club official to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.

It is the responsibility of every club to ensure that all of its members (players, managers, coaches, officials, parents/carers) are aware of the Respect Codes of Conduct and in the event of any breach of these codes, to take appropriate action against the offending party and communicate such actions to the League.



Players are required to:

  • Always play to the best of Their ability
  • Play fairly – don’t cheat, complain or waste time
  • Respect their team-mates, the other team, the referee or their 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 their coach/team manager tells them
  • Talk to someone they trust if they are unhappy about anything at their club

They may:

  • Be required to apologise to their team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager.
  • Receive a formal warning from the coach or the club committee
  • Be dropped or substituted
  • Be suspended from training
  • Be required to leave the club


They must:

  • 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

They may:

  • Be issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official
  • Be required to meet with the club, league of CFA Welfare Officer
  • Be required to meet with the club committee
  • Be obliged to undertake an FA education course
  • Be obliged to leave the match venue by the club
  • Be requested by the club not to attend future games
  • Be suspended or have their club membership removed
  • Be required to leave the club along with any dependents


They must:

  • Be honest and completely impartial at all times
  • Apply the laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently
  • Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner
  • Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct
  • Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials.
  • Support their match officials colleagues at all times
  • Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game
  • Communicate with the players and encourage fair play
  • Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains
  • Prepare physically and mentally for every match
  • Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which they officiate


They must:

  • 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
  • Always respect the match officials’ decision
  • Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  • Explain exactly what they expect of players and what players can expect from them
  • Ensure all parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations
  • Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Ensure all activities they organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity
  • Co-operate fully with others in football (eg officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests.

They may be:

  • Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer
  • Required to meet with the club committee
  • Monitored by another club coach
  • Required to attend a FA education course
  • Suspended by the club from attending matches
  • Suspended or fined by the CountyFA
  • Required to leave or be sacked by the club