Thousands of referees quit football every year because of the abuse they receive from players and from the sidelines, while lots of children also pack it in because of the attitude and actions of over-enthusiastic and pushy parents.
In response, the Respect Programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football to ensure a safe and positive environment in which to enjoy the game.
These tools are contained in the “Respect Club Packs” and include agreed Codes of Conduct, information about designated spectator areas and advice on how captains should work with referees to manage player behaviour.
The FA has also launched a free online Respect Parent Guide to highlight examples of poor behaviour and how it can be improved. Attached below is a suggested pitch lay-out for spectators as well as suggested Club Disciplinary Rules, along with the aims and objectives for the Respect Programme in Surrey for the 2012/13 season.
We encourage all clubs to use Respect Barriers to create a physical and psychological space between the spectators and players and coaches, and remember - your club could be rewarded for backing the Respect programme through the Respect and Fair Play Awards. Also, all Surrey clubs can use a 50% discount on certain Respect resources - see the document at the bottom of this page for details.
Leagues are integral in making the Respect Programme work. By signing up to the Respect Programme and using a variety of tools or good practice your league will be able to monitor unacceptable behaviour of players, coaches, managers or spectators. The County FA will provide guidance on how to make this work effectively.
Referees are encouraged to complete the Respect Programme interactive learning course (see right) which will provide good practice and guidance for referees. On completion of the course you will be able to print off or save a copy of the Certificate which must be sent to your County FA Referees Department so that your records can be updated. You will also receive “Iron-On” Respect Programme badges for your uniform.
The FA are currently developing a set of online tools and advice pages for the Respect programme, which will appear on this page very soon.
For more information, contact Surrey County FA's Respect Lead Officer:
Surrey County Football Association Limited
36 Bridge Street
Tel: 01372 384 190