Respect - Clubs

Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. The FA’s Respect programme provides tools for clubs from grassroots to elite football – to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone involved in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. Somerset County Football Association are dedicated in supporting players, referees, clubs, leagues and volunteers in this mission at our local grassroots level.


What do we want to achieve with Respect?

  1. There will be a base of registered referees in England sufficient for the demands of the game at every level.
  2. There will be zero tolerance for assaults on referees.
  3. There will be an improvement in on-field player discipline, particularly in the area of dissent to referees and in competitions that have an established record of poor discipline.
  4. There will be a ‘step change’ in youth football on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour from parents, spectators and coaches.
  5. We will work with coaches to create an enjoyable learning environment for children’s football.

How will we achieve Respect?

The FA has highlighted that poor behaviour in football can be addressed in a 4 step process which is:

  1. Codes of conduct
  2. Manage the match day environment
  3. The captain takes responsibility
  4. The referee manages the game

Somerset County FA strives to supply our leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, volunteers and spectators with as many resources as possible to understand, promote and implement Respect across the game.


Respect Equipment Scheme 

This Football Foundation scheme offers your club, school or league the opportunity to purchase Respect equipment which, if used effectively, will help us to promote the beautiful game. The scheme offers 50 % off the normal cost price of the equipment which includes: Touchline barriers, Pro barriers, ‘Our club/league supports Respect’ banners, High-viz pitch marshals vests, Captain’s armbands, Parent and carer’s DVD, Player cards, Sleeve badges, Respect boards and Bundles.

For more information or to apply for this scheme please visit the Football Foundation here.


League, Club & Player Toolkits and Guides

Youth Club Guide

Adult Club Guide

Respect Captain's Guide

NLS Club Guide

Referees Guide

Good Practice for Leagues

Respect Posters

Respect League Toolkit

Respect Code of Conduct


Other resources

Use your head

Respect Leagues

Adults and carer's Guide

Online referee's Guide

Barriers

Respect and Youth Coaching