The FA Respect programme is a whole game initiative that is designed to improve behaviour on and off the field. 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.

In 2008 The FA launched The FA Respect programme following concerns about behaviour in the grassroots and professional game. A national survey outlined that the key concerns within football were a lack of role models at the top of the game, ‘pushy parents’ on the side of the pitch and abuse towards referees at all levels of the game. Since 2008 leagues have been invited to sign up to support the Respect programme and implement the programme locally. All leagues in Northumberland are currently signed up to Respect and work with Northumberland County FA to ensure standards are maintained.

Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct bring the Respect programme to life by providing a series of standards that individuals agree to adhere to .The codes of conduct include a sanctioning process as there is little point in having a set of rules if no action is taken if and when they’re broken. There are individual codes of conduct for all individuals in the game broken in to the following categories.

– Young Player
– Adult Player
– Spectators/ Parents
– Club Officials and coaches
– Referees

To download individual codes of conduct please click on the following link:

Spectator Areas

Spectator Areas are designed to improve behavior of the field by providing a designated area for spectators away from the playing area. It is hoped that the in conjunction with the Codes of Conduct the spectator areas provide both a physical and physiological barrier to inappropriate behavior. All junior leagues in Northumberland have adopted the designated spectator initiatives so all home teams are responsible for setting up this area before the game and informing all parents and spectators.