If we behave positively during practice and matches, our children will too
With 65,000 mini soccer and youth football teams playing week in week out across England it is important that we all play our part to ensure it is played in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.
The FA’s Respect campaign was launched in the 2008 as a response to a build-up of behavioural problems in the national game, highlighting the negative impact of poor behaviour and encouraging everyone involved to raise standards both on and off the pitch.
Following it’s success, The FA want to spread the message of Respect even further across English football. Our new campaign – ‘We Only Do Positive’ - aims to do just that.
The importance of positive behaviour
We want to highlight the importance of positive behaviour towards young footballers, specifically looking at the impact parents and coaches can have. The campaign is rooted in research that provides clear evidence of why positivity was so important in the youth game.
The stand-out insight was that 9 in 10 children played better with positive encouragement, while negative experiences not only had serious adverse effects on their enjoyment of the sport, but also on a child’s footballing ability.
‘We Only Do Positive’ is a response to this research and uses a new approach to target coaches and parents around mini-soccer and youth football. It aims to educate coaches and parents on the roles they play in ensuring children have great experiences throughout their football journey.
How you can play your part
Creating the right environment, both on and off the pitch is the responsibility of everyone involved in football. Even though we all having slightly different roles within the game, it’s important that we all play our part in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment.
To understand what is expected of you, you can download the appropriate Code of Conduct below.