NZF RESPECT PROGRAMME

​​​​​​​WHAT IS IT?

A programme originally put together by the FA to tackle 3 concerns:

The abuse of players and referees by parents and spectators
Too many games not having a qualified referee
The number of referees leaving the game because of abuse

HOW WAS IT DEVELOPED?

A package of measures was trialled with 7 County FAs.

WHAT MEASURES WERE INTRODUCED?

Roped off areas for parents and spectators
Signed codes of conduct for players, parents, coaches and referees
Clear sanctions for breaches of the codes
Only allowing the captain to speak to the referee

REFEREES

The referee is to work with the captain to manage the players and the game
Pre-game chat
Must deal firmly with players who show dissent
Remove coaches who berate an official or opponent