FA Respect Program

The FA is responding to concern from across the game to tackle unacceptable behaviour in football. The FA is taking action in a variety of ways, and one of the main actions is the Respect programme. It is not a short-lived campaign but on ongoing commitment to improve behaviour in football. It won’t be solved in the short term as we all have a lot of work to do over the seasons ahead. One of the main aims of Respect is to help recruit and retain enough Referees for the requirements of our game at all levels.


We all know that a game without a trained and impartial referee cannot be played properly. In 2008 the number of registered Referees had fallen to an all time low with many referees dropping out, mainly due to the abuse they receive on the pitch and from the sidelines. Respect aims to improve the environment of the game and so improve the experience of everyone involved – particularly Referees. Respect needs your club and its players to play its part. Together, we can make a huge difference.

FA Respect Resources: http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/player/respect


FA Respect Guide for Youth Clubs: