Code of Conduct for Managers, Parents and Players




Managers are key to the establishment of ethics in football and their concept of this and their attitude towards the game directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision.


This code of conduct is not designed to conflict with the basic desire to win and be successful, however the club does not promote a “win at all costs” attitude and instead place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations including the development of performance.


The manager:

  • Must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual respect and understanding
  • Must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Must endure that activities they direct are appropriate for the age, maturity experience and ability of players and neither physically or mentally push a child beyond their abilities
  • Should at the outset clarify with the players (and where appropriate parent) exactly what is expect of them
  • Must always promote the positive aspects of the sport and never condone violations of or behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game
  • Must consistently display high standard of behaviour and appearance


Obligations towards the game


The manager should:

  • Set a positive example for others particularly young players and supporters
  • Promote and develop his/her own team having regard to the interest of the players supporters and reputation of the National Game
  • Appreciate the importance of striving to win and not winning itself
  • Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests
  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship
  • Should show due respect to match officials and others involved in the game
  • Always have a regard for the best interest of the game including publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game
  • Do not tolerate or use bad language or poor behaviour in any circumstance
  • Show due respect for the interests of the players, supporters, coaches and officials of their own club team and others
  • Be a good sport; recognise all good play whether by your team or by your opponents team
  • Accept the decisions of the match official and avoid words or actions which may mislead them
  • Show due respect for match officials
  • Should always be prompt courteous and correct when dealing with match officials, opposition teams and league officials
  • Check that you have all the necessary equipment, documentation and first aid equipment for training or matches


Obligations towards the team/players

The manager should:

  • Remember children learn best by example
  • Manage the team on behalf of the club
  • Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team to obtain the best results for the team using all permitted means
  • Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests
  • Resist all illegal and unsporting influences including banned substances and techniques
  • Promote ethical principles
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistaking during the game
  • Ensure that all players are correctly dressed and are wearing shin pads
  • Get treatment for an injured play and co-operate fully with match officials and medical personnel as required


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Parents and guardians have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football.  It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football whilst playing for this club, positive encouragement to all players is essential and will contribute to

  • Children enjoying football
  • A sense of personal enjoyment
  • Self esteem
  • Improving the child’s skills and techniques


A parents/guardians expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child's attitude towards other players, officials, managers and spectators.  Adults should always aim to

  • Enable the player to have a clear understanding of the standards of behaviour expected
  • Help players to understand the rules
  • Display patience
  • Appreciate that adults football and children’s football are not the same


For the enjoyment of all members the following code of conduct is expected by be followed by ALL parents/guardians:

  • Parents must develop an appropriate and supportive relationship with both the manager and their child based on mutual respect and understanding
  • Applaud the opposition as well as you own team.  Show them respect; without them there’d be no game
  • Emphasise the importance of striving to win, not winning itself.  Praise effort and performance more than results
  • Avoid coaching during training and matches
  • Do not shout and scream at players
  • Parents must display high standards of behaviour
  • Do not use profane language or harass, physically or verbally abuse young players, managers coaches or match officials
  • Respect all officials’ decisions whether qualified or unqualified.  New and young officials should be encouraged and supported
  • Do not make any comments other than complimentary towards players, officials and supporters of opposing teams
  • Avoid becoming frustrated or ridiculing young players for focussing on their failings
  • Offer plenty of support and positive encouragement towards all players during matches
  • Wherever possible players who require help should be assisted and encouraged in a positive way
  • Ensure that all players are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and have the correct footwear, shin pads, drinks and a coat or similar to keep warm
  • Inform the manager if a child cannot attend training or match days and make every effort to arrive on time
  • Respect the decisions and team selection of the manager.  These are the sole responsibility of the manager, whose decision is final
  • Complaints in respect of running a game must be dealt with by the team manager.  It is not acceptable for individuals to take matters into their own hands
  • Adhere to and promote the positive aspects of the sport
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented
  • Respect all members of the club
  • Parents and spectators must remain at least one meter behind the sideline and not behind the goal line.
  • They must NOT enter the field of play at any time other than requested to do so by the match official


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 issued with a verbal or written warning from a club or league official
  • Be required to meet with members of the club committee to include the club Welfare Officer
  • Be required to meet with the, league or CFA Welfare Officer.
  • Be requested to undertake an FA education course
  • Be required to leave the match venue by the club
  • Be requested by the club not to attend future games.
  • Be suspended by the Club. 
  • Be requested to leave the club along with any dependants.




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Players are the most important people in the sport.  Playing for the team and for the team to win is the most fundamental part of the game.  But not winning at any cost – Fair Play and Respect for ALL others in the game are fundamentally important at Stoneleigh Athletic FC which fully supports and promotes this ethos.


These key concepts are valid for players at all levels and age groups


  • Play for the “fun of it” not just to please your parents or coach or anyone else
  • Play by the rules of fair play and the Laws of the Game.  Learn these and you will be a much better football player
  • Accept success and failure, victory and defeat equally
  • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game
  • Set a positive example for others
  • Avoid all forms of poor gamesmanship and time-wasting
  • Show due respect towards and never argue with the referee or lineman’s decisions
  • Accept the decision of the match official without protest
  • Abide by the instructions of the manager and team officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code
  • Show due respect towards the team officials of the opposition
  • Control your temper and use your energies for playing better football
  • Do not use inappropriate language or make rude gestures and avoid words or actions which may mislead a match or opposing team official
  • Play well for yourself and your team, your teams performance will benefit and so will your own
  • Make every effort to develop your own sporting abilities in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina
  • Be a good sport. Recognise all good play, whether by your team or by your opponents team and always shake opponents hands at the end of a game
  • Treat all players, as you yourself would like to be treated.  Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player
  • Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game
  • Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violent and rough play and help injured opponents
  • Remember that the aims of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.  Do not be a show off
  • Co-operate with your manager, team mates and opponents for without them you will not have a game
  • Players should make every effort to attend club training sessions
  • Players should respect and look after all training and playing areas at all times
  • Players are expected to follow the guidelines and rules as laid down in the Clubs constitutions and Code of Conduct
  • Players are to accept responsibility for their own conduct and behaviour during games and training


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 opposition, referee or team manager
  • Received a formal warning from the coach or the club committee
  • Be dropped or substituted
  • Be suspended by the club
  • Be required to leave the club





All registered players will be asked to sign a copy of this code of conduct to confirm that they have read and understood it and that they agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.




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