Code of conduct

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. Fair Play and respect for all others in the game is essential. We are asking every player to follow a Code of Conduct to Honour Our Game

When playing football, I will:



  • Always work hard to learn and improve and play to the best of my ability
  • Play fairly with sportsmanship and respect to Honour Our Game
  • Respect my team-mates, opposition, officials and myself
  • Play by the rules and always respect the referee
  • Value your opposition by playing hard and fair
  • Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
  • Lead by example both on and off the pitch
  • Listen and respond to what my coach tells me
  • Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club


Conduct for Coaches and Club Officials


We have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a coach, you will be in a position of great responsibility in the development of children you work with and you are a role model to your players and parents. We are asking every coach and club official to follow a code of conduct to Honour Our Game.


On and off the field, I will:


  • Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, officials and parents.
  • Understand and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game and any competition in which you participate
  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour to Honour Our Game
  • Work with the Officials and always show respect
  • Never engage in public criticism of the 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 I expect of players and what they can expect from me
  • Ensure all parents/spectators of all players have agreed to Code of conduct
  • Always be honest with players, parents, guardians and officials
  • 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
  • Always look for and encourage positive attributes, performance and effort


Conduct for parents


We have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. Parents have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. Children play football because they, first and foremost, love the game. Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop and learn. We want them to win but not at all costs. Play your part by supporting your child and observe the Code of Conduct at all times.

I will:

  • Remember that children play for FUN
  • Applaud effort and good play 
  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions
  • Remain outside the field of play or within the Designated Spectators’ Areas
  • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
  • Encourage your child, and others, or be quiet. Praise effort and performance, not results
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and 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.
  • Parents must develop an appropriate supportive relationship with both the coach and their child based on mutual trust and respect
  • Support the coach’s decisions and discuss any concerns directly with the coach