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Code of Conduct for Players

Players are the most important people in football. Playing for your team and helping them to win is the best part of the game, but not winning at any cost - fair play and respect for all others in the game is more important.

Every player has a part to play in winning fairly at football. When you play for Pitstone and Ivinghoe football club you are agreeing to follow our code of conduct and show the respect the club expects of you:

Respect for yourself and your Team

  • try your best at all times to improve your own football abilities, including your skill, technique, tactics and stamina
  • give your maximum effort and best possible performance during every game right up until the final whistle
  • set a good example for others, especially younger players and supporters
  • avoid time wasting and other forms of gamesmanship
  • never swear or use bad language

Respect for the rules, the referee and linesmen

You should:
  • always obey the laws of the game, play fairly and never cheat
  • respect the referee and accept his decision without any arguing
  • never be a bad loser - try to accept success or failure, victory or defeat, equally

Respect towards the other team

You should:
  • treat the opposition with respect at all times, whether you win or lose
  • never deliberately foul another player or make a dangerous tackle
  • try to help injured opponents

Respect towards your coach and the supporters

You should:
  • always listen to your coach and try to do what he tells you
  • be polite to the opposition's coach
  • respect all supporters, both home and away.

Code of Conduct for Coaches

Set out below is The FA Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the National Association of Sports Coaches) which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching. This code has been adopted by Pitstone and Ivinghoe Junior Football Club.
  1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  2. Coaches must place the well being of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by the governing bodies.
  4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  7. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the players.
  8. Coaches should at the outset, clarify with the players and parents or guardians, exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  10. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone the violation of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  12. Not to use or tolerate in appropriate language.

Parents’ Code of Conduct

We have adopted the Parental Code of Conduct provided by the South Bucks Mini Soccer Conference.


  • Attempt to coach or manipulate the players while they are playing
  • Shout, swear, become violent or use sarcasm
  • Ignore Children who need help
  • Attempt to referee the game by appealing for freekicks, offsides etc.
  • Assess players by their incompetence
  • Abuse or argue with the referee or linesman


  • Praise effort and performance more than results
  • Look for aspects to praise in players who might not otherwise get attention
  • Give them clear examples of excellent behaviour
  • Show consistency
  • Assess players with regard to their skills and attitudes
  • Praise good behaviour quickly to show adults value it
  • Help, encourage and support
Our Committee also recognises the vulnerability of children whilst travelling to games and have added this statement to the code.

The club committee would like to remind parents transporting children to matches, especially if you are giving a lift to other people’s children of the importance of taking good care of those children.

Please pay particular attention to your driving and observe the speed limit at all times.

Code of Conduct for Team Officials

Obligations towards the game

You should:
  • Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters
  • Promote and develop his or her own team having regard to the interests of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game
  • Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests
  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship
  • Show due respect towards Match Officials and others involved in the game
  • Always have regard to the best interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game
  • Not use inappropriate language

Obligations towards the Team

You should:
  • Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means
  • Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests
  • Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques
  • Promote ethical principles
  • Show due respect to the interests of players, coaches and other officials , at their own club/team and others.

Obligations towards the Supporters

You should:
  • Show due respect to the interests of supporters

Respect towards the Match Officials

You should:
  • Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest
  • Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official
  • Show due respect towards Match Officials
Jim Fisher,
17 Jul 2011, 10:27