The FA Charter Standard Club Programme

Respect Code of Conduct for Youth Players

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

As a player, you have a big part to play.  That's why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct


  • Always play to the best of my ability
  • Play fairly - I won't cheat, complain or waste time
  • Respect  my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my 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 wha my coach/team manager tells me
  • Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I'm unhappy about anything at my club

I understand that if I do not follow the code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA


  • Be required to apologise to my 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


  • My club, County FA or The FA may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct
  • The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against my club

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