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National Competition -Code of Conduct

National Competitions Codes of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Players

  • Regard it as an honour and privilege to represent a school, District or County team
  • Treat a match as a game that is fun but play by the rules
  • Take pride in your performance and that of your school
  • Encourage others in your team to do their best
  • Enjoy participating – it should be fun
  • Accept all decisions by match officials
  • Let the Captain speak to the referee on behalf of the team if decisions made by the match officials need to be clarified
  • Recognise outstanding performances by opponents
  • Demonstrate concern for an injured player, regardless of their team
  • Accept victory modestly
  • Learn to take defeat in the right manner and not look for excuses as to why you may not have been successful on a particular occasion
  • Acknowledge positively your opponents at the end of each game, regardless of the outcome
  • Thank the referee and his/her assistants for their efforts

Code of Conduct for Team Manager

  • Put the well-being and safety of players above all other considerations
  • Display sportsmanship in all situations – sportsmanship should be contagious
  • Display high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Be a good role model for all those in your care
  • Enjoy yourself and in so doing promote enjoyment for others
  • Be responsible for your actions
  • Encourage your supporters to display a sportsmanlike attitude
  • Guide and encourage players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Respect and uphold the Laws of the Game and discourage actions and behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game
  • Use acceptable and appropriate language at all times and in all situations

Code of Conduct for Parents, Peers and Supporters

  • Attendance at a game is a privilege
  • Respect decisions made by the match officials
  • Be a good role model by positively supporting teams in every way possible and be generous with praise
  • Become aware of the competition rules and keep winning in its proper place
  • Respect other spectators, coaches and participants
  • Be a fan not a fanatic
  • Recognise and respect the performances of players in both teams, not just the team that you are supporting
  • Accept victory modestly and defeat graciously, remembering that the team you are supporting will be judged by your reactions
  • Do not ‘boo’ anyone
  • Stand or sit in the place that you have been allocated for the match
  • Do not interfere with instructions given by the teacher/coach in charge of the team
  • Remember that nearly all those who control school soccer matches are volunteers, giving of their time freely and without any financial reward in most cases – respect them for this