Welcome to the FA Respect Programme. 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.
Respect started as The FA’s direct response to the abuse and intimidation of referees at grassroots level, and poor behaviour by over-competitive parents towards their children, as well as aggressive coaches and spectators on the side lines.
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.
In Hertfordshire, all of our leagues are signed up to the FA Respect programme and all FA Charter Standard Clubs endorse the programme, with many embedding a specific Respect Co-ordinator within their club or league.
The FA has produced a number of resources in relation to Respect which can be found here.
There is also a parents and carers guide which can be found here.
Codes of Conduct
Hertfordshire FA strives to give clubs & leagues as much resource and information to help implement the FA Respect programme within their club environment.
All Participants are expected to adhere to the Respect codes of conduct which can be found below:
Should the codes be breached sanctions may be applied to the individual in addition to any County FA disciplinary action. Sanctions are detailed on the codes of conduct.
Every youth league in the County supports the Match Delegate role and every youth team is required to supply a Match Delegate for all games in the county.
Hertfordshire FA has developed a presentation so that clubs can train their own Match Delegates which can be found here.
As well as these resources Hertfordshire FA can arrange Match Delegate training or parents evenings for clubs or groups of clubs.
For further information about resources available to clubs or Match Delegate training contact Respect Lead Officer Richard Drake Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org 01462 650215.