Respect is The FA’s programme to address unacceptable behaviour in football – both on and off the pitch.

Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place.

Every year, because of the abuse they receive from players and from the sidelines, many referees quit the game. Many children also leave because of the attitude and actions of over-enthusiastic and pushy parents.

In response, The FA developed and introduced the Respect programme to provide appropriate tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football, to enable them to promote a safe and positive environment in which to enjoy the game.

The FA’s Respect programme provides tools for players from grassroots to elite football to help ensure a safe and positive environment in which to play the game. In Cumberland, our leagues are signed up to The FA Respect programme and all FA Charter Standard Clubs endorse the programme.

These tools include agreed Codes of Conduct (The FA Codes of Conduct are available to download at the bottom of the page), in-service training for referees, Respect club packs, spectator sideline barriers and encouraging team captain’s to work with referees to manage player behaviour.  Similarly coaches are expected to link to referees before a game to help ensure the game is played in the right spirit – i.e. with players, officials and spectators conforming to Respect. Coaches are also well placed to report issues to their club welfare officer and committee for action, for example, where a parent continues to behave inappropriately at a match. It is only by reporting issues and concerns, as opposed to tolerating poor behaviour that things will change for the better for everyone.

You can take an online module (which has been designed for Coaches) to reinforce the respect message. Please click HERE to access this free Module.

The FA also launched a free online Respect Parent Guide targeting youth football to highlight examples of poor behaviour and, more importantly, show how behaviour can be improved. The Respect Parent Guide is a free course which offers practical advice, hints and tips on what it takes to be a supportive soccer parent/carer and how to positively influence young players to be involved in the game.

To access the Guide for Parents and Carers please click HERE

You will be asked to log-in using FAN and password – if you do not know your FAN please contact Cumberland FA.  The course can also be completed without logging in - however the system cannot save ‘where you are at’ if you wanted to complete the course over a couple of days.

What is the basis of ensuring we can promote Respect within our club?
When a club is seeking to implement and promote Respect it is important for it to ensure it operates a solid and consistent approach to recruiting bothvolunteers who want to help out in official roles, for example, Secretary or Coach; as well as with players.

For more information click on The FA Respect Campaign

Please see below for further infomation:

The FA's Respect Guide for Youth Clubs click HERE

The FA’s Respect guide for Captains click HERE

The FA Code of Conduct for Young Players click HERE
The FA Code of Conduct for Adult Players click HERE