Respect Resources

The FA’s Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football – to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.


Parents and carers guide 
Coaches CPD Module
Good practice guide for leagues
Respect guide for adult clubs 
Respect guide for referees
Respect guide for youth clubs 
Respect guide for National League System clubs in steps 1-7 
Durham FA Respect Toolkit
FA Respect League DIY Toolkit
Respect Online Referee Guide


Respect pitchside barriers
Approved Respect suppliers list

Education materials 

How to Implement Respect at Your Club - Presentation (with notes)
Respect Quiz
Respect Quiz Answers

Respect and Citizenship

Respect and citizen education resource
Respect activity cards
Deon’s story 
Frank’s story
Matty’s story 
Julia’s story 

Codes of conduct

Click here for Codes of Conduct for Youth & Adult Players, Match Officials, Parents & Spectators, Club Officials

My Role

Respect affects the entire game, and needs your help, regardless of how you are involved in football.


Whether you're in the starting team or a substitute, your role as a player is crucial to the success of Respect.
On a matchday, you'll be expected to work with your coaches and your captain to allow the referee to manage the game without him or her being subjected to abuse. With the game losing many of referees from the game every year, it's hugely important, because without the referees, the game will suffer.

If the league you play in adopts the Respect programme, you will be asked to read, agree to, and sign, a Code of Conduct at your club. This will be your 'promise' to abide by a set of rules governing your behaviour as a player. Working together with your coach, your captain, and each referee that takes charge of your games during the season, you can play a major role in improving the game for everyone.


Coaches have a hugely important role to play in Respect, as they are not only responsible for their own behaviour, but they can also influence that of their players and spectators, too.

On a matchday, it is important for you to work with your players, parents and other spectators to allow the referee to manage the game without being subjected to abuse.


The Respect programme aims to allow Referees to officiate matches without being subjected to abuse by players, coaches or spectators - and the referees themselves have a key part to play in the process.

Working in partnership with the clubs they officiate, a referees can provide post-match feedback regarding the behaviour of players, parents, coaches and other spectators, to help the clubs enforce their Codes of Conduct.

Referee Respect Guide -

Parents/Carers and Spectators

Parents/Carers have a big responsibility as part of the Respect programme.

Respect is working to eradicate touchline abuse in football, and parents, carers and spectators can play their part by agreeing to, and signing, their club's Code of Conduct and abiding by them throughout the season.

Parents/Carers also have a responsibility for their children's behaviour. Players will also have been asked to sign a Code of Conduct, and parents/carers should encourage their children to adhere to the players' code.

Respect Guide for Parents and Carers -

Club and League Officials

The Respect programme relies on clubs and leagues to take active steps to ensure high standards of conduct throughout their club or league.
Leagues can champion the Respect programme, and communicate the importance of Respect to their member clubs through meetings and bulletins.

Club Officials should sign up to their own Respect Code of Conduct.

Club officials should also require sign up to Respect Codes of Conduct for their players, coaches, parents and spectators, which will set the standard for behaviour throughout their club. The Codes of Conduct should also be enforced by the club.

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