The FA - Respect

Find out more about this initiative and how will affect parents, players and spectators.


Every Lostock Rangers player must complete or have an subscription application form completed on their behalf by a parent or guardian.

The application form advises that completing the application form binds the player, parent and guardian by the codes defined in the Respect campaign.

  Welcome to Respect

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.

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  Introducing Respect
By FA Editorial - Sunday, 20 July, 2008

We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field.

The message came through loud and clear in the massive research campaign The FA undertook before publishing its National Game Strategy earlier this year - 'Your Game, Your Say, Our Goal'.

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  The Respect Code: Involving Young Players

You've been provided with a Respect code of conduct for young players.

However, if you really want young people to engage fully with Respect, then we encourage you to involve them in sharing their thoughts about their code and anything else they need to learn. This allows them to take greater ownership of the Respect code and be more aware of their actions.

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  It's child's play

The Respect programme will help English football produce better young players, according to the man behind one of grassroots football's most successful campaigns.

Paul Cooper, an experienced youth coach and the man behind Give Us Back Our Game, has been a pioneer for change in youth football for many years - and believes that The FA's Respect programme will help make a real difference to youth football in this country.

"The whole idea behind Give Us Back Our Game is to make football fun for children. We felt something had gone out of the game and that it was being taken too seriously," Cooper explained.

"I think what the Respect programme does is create a good environment for children to play their football."

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  Become part of Respect
  The FA is inviting every league in the country to sign-up to the principles of Respect and to introduce some practical steps at club level to ensure football is played in a safe, positive environment.

The programme is free to join and there are resources available to support clubs to introduce Respect.

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