Code of Conduct

For Parents, Guardians & Carers

A Parent, Guardian or Carer will:

1. Not force an unwilling child to participate in football.

2. Remember children are involved in football for their enjoyment, not yours.

3. Encourage your child to play to the laws of the game and not to argue with referees and 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.

6. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a game.

7. Remember children learn best by example. Applaud good play by your team and by members of the opposition.

8. Not question the referee's or assistant referee’s judgement or honesty. Remember he/she is only human with the same feelings as you and, like you, sometimes makes an honest error.

9. Advise managers as soon as possible if your child is to be absent or unavailable from any training session or team fixture.

10. Let managers deal with team selection, and tactics and support their decisions.

11. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's football.

12. Recognise the value and importance of coaches who are all volunteers. They give their time and resources to provide football for your child.

13. Read the laws of the game to understand better what you are looking at and commenting on.

14. Promote this Code of Conduct amongst other parents or guardians