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Codes of Conduct – Parent / Guardian / Carer / Spectators

Spectators

1. Remember that children play organised sports for their own benefit. They are not there to entertain you.
2. Be on your best behaviour. Do not use profane language or harass (physically or verbally) players, managers, coaches, referees or officials.
3. Applaud all good play by your own team and the other team.
4. Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game.
5. Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a game.
6. Condemn the use of violence and verbal abuse.
7. Respect the referee and official’s decisions. Remember they are only human with the same feelings as you and, like you, sometimes they make an honest error.
8. Encourage players always to play according to the laws of the game
9. Read the laws of the game to better understand what you are looking at, and commenting on.
10. Promote this code of conduct amongst other spectators.

Parent / Guardian / Carer

1. Do not force an unwilling child to participate in football.
2. Remember that children are involved in football for their enjoyment, not yours.
3. Encourage your child to play according to the laws of the game and not to argue with referees or other officials.
4. Teach your child that honest effort is more important than victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
5. Turn losing into winning by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a game.
6. Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good play by your own team and by members of the opposition.
7. Do not question the referees judgement of honesty. Remember he/she is only human with the same feelings as you and, like you, sometimes may make an honest error.
8. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s football.
9. Recognise the value and importance of coaches who are all volunteers. They give up their time and resources to provide football for your child.
10. Read the laws of the game to understand better what you are looking at and commenting on.
11. Promote this code of conduct amongst other Parents, Guardians or Carer’s.

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