Respect is The FA’s programme to address unacceptable behaviour in football – on and off the pitch. 


On average, 7,000 referees quit football every year at because of the abuse they receive from players and from the sidelines. Lots of children also pack it in because of the attitude and actions of over-enthusiastic and pushy parents. 


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


The Jersey Football Association and Dandara Jersey Football Combination launched their support for this campaign in August 2010 by holding a presentation to all clubs .  Click here for more information about this presentation.  Game Sense Soccer supports this campaign and has in some way has already applied the principles though the use of our own Codes of Conduct.


The RESPECT programme includes four practical steps to improve behaviour - on the pitch and on the sidelines: 


Step 1: Codes of Conduct 

Step 2: Manage the match day environment 

Step 3: Captain taking responsibility 

Step 4: Referee managing the game 


The core objectives of the Respect programme nationally include: 

  • At all levels, football is played in a fair, safe and enjoyable environment for players, officials and supporters. 

  • Awareness and understanding of RESPECT is strong, right across the football family and public. 

  • On-field player conduct consistently reflects the principles of RESPECT - reflected in declining number of dissent cautions, player and manager misconduct. 

  • There is 'zero-tolerance' of abuse of or assault on referees - young people and adults are attracted to becoming a referee and existing referees are retained. 

  • Professional Leagues, Clubs and players lead by example in promoting RESPECT.