Player and Coach Code of Conduct

Football, to be universally enjoyed, has to be played to a standard code of conduct. To avoid bringing the game into disrepute players are expected to observe the following code of practice:

  • Decisions: Accept the decision of the match officials without question. On points of fact these are always final.
  • Respect: Treat opponents and officials with the respect you would wish them to accord you.
  • Appeals: Avoid appealing for decisions to be given in your favour e.g. Throw ins, corner kicks, apparent infringements by opponents.
  • Fair play: Play fairly and without danger to opponents.
  • Discipline: Keep your temper under all circumstances.
  • Disputes: Support the referee immediately should any dispute arise.
  • Sportsmanship: Do not indulge in practices of cheating under the guise of ‘gamesmanship.’

To win without honour is a hollow victory.

Similarly, Coaches should observe the following code:

  • Encourage good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Encourage a good standard of dress, including the coach
  • Give constructive coaching at all times.
  • Encourage parents to applaud good endeavour and play from both sides.
  • Never abuse, strike or attempt to strike your players.
  • Never use or allow the use of foul abusive language.
  • Never use or condone ungentlemanly or violent conduct towards an opponent, a colleague, the referee, a linesman or other persons.
  • Never encourage foul or dangerous play at any time.

Coaches are responsible for the conduct of all players, parents and supporters associated with the team.