is The Football Association’s direct response to a clear message
from the grassroots game:
We must improve standards of behaviour – on and off the field.’
Respect within The Football Association is aimed at helping us
all to work together to change the negative attitudes and
abusive behaviour on the sidelines and on the pitch. It’s a
long-term commitment, but if we all play our part, together we
can really make a difference.
2020/21 the implementation of Respect in East Berks Youth Football
League was defined in 5 practical sections:
Respect Codes of Conduct
There is a
Code of Conduct
for each of the main types of
• Spectators and Parents/Carers
• Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials
• Match Officials – Referees, Assistant referees, Fourth
Officials and Substitute Referees.
Designated Spectators’ Area/Line
There will be a demarcated area along the touchlines, within
which spectators must stay or remain behind. The idea is to
encourage parents and spectators to take a step back from the
pitch and support the teams in a more responsible manner.
The EBFA League recommend the
following pitch areas for fixture participates.
League recommend the following pitch areas for fixture
participates (Restricted space on one side of the pitch).
Taking Responsibility U14s-U18s
There will be a drive to enhance captaincy skills, encouraging
captains to take full responsibility for their players’ actions
and behaviour. Referee managing the game and there will be a
similar drive to enhance referees’ match management skills to
create an environment where potential problems are addressed
before they escalate.
Respect aims to support referees to uphold the Laws of the Game.
Breaches of Spectators’ area/line will be reported to the
Managers – Serious breaches shall be reported to the League and
will be reviewed by the EBFA Regulation and Rules
‘Before Kick Off’
Before the commencement of the match the following procedures
must be followed:
Team prepares pitch
Grass Surface inspection (Animal Faeces).
Home team to welcome Away team via Manager/Captain
(U14s - U18s) visiting
Referee inspects the pitch for safety and compliance
(Fit to Play).
Referee meet assistance
club line persons
e) Managers/Coaches implement procedure for verification of
Player Identity Cards
and Team Sheet verification
g) Referee performs separate Team briefing of Manager/Coaches and players on their requirements for the games.
(Captain Taking Responsibility U14s-U18s)
Players and officials perform a
Respect line-up and handshake procedure on the centre line.
to enforce spectator area/line.
to inform League of breaches.
is allowed to encroach onto the pitch.
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