FA Respect

The FA launched the ‘Respect Programme’ in the 2008-09 season following a build-up of behavioural problems in the National Game.  The FA’s ‘We Only Do Positive’ campaign speaks to coaches and parents within mini-soccer and youth football following a strategic review to the FA Respect programme that focuses on this important area of the national game.

In 2017-18 the FA carried out extensive research in to football from U7s-U18s.  This was to understand where Respect should be positioned to have the biggest impact over a mid to longer term approach.  One clear piece of insight highlighted is that 9 in 10 children play better with positive encouragement.  Research also highlights the negative connotations a negative experience can have on a child.

‘We Only Do Positive’ aims to promote and educate coaches and parents on their roles in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all the players, ensuring they have great experiences throughout their football journey.

To help ensure you are following the FA campaigns, and have the right environment for players please see below resources available to download:


Useful Resources

FA Codes of Conduct – Young Players

FA Codes of Conduct – Coaches

FA Codes of Conduct – Spectators / Parents

FA Codes of Conduct – Match Officials

FA Respect Safeguarding – Anti-bullying policy

FA Respect Safeguarding – Equality policy

FA Respect guide – Team captains