RESPECT is a long term FA Programme and not just a one-off campaign, the Association is actively working with the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), the League Managers Association (LMA), Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) and all County FA’s to implement RESPECT across the Country.

Aims of RESPECT Programme

To address the culture of verbal and physical abuse: To referees and children in the National Game the four key practical steps are:

    -    Codes of conduct – players, spectators, refs, coaches 
    -    Designated Spectators’ Areas 
    -    Referee managing the game 
    -    Captain taking responsibility

Respect Programme to impact:

    -    Referee recruitment and retention: By tackling abuse towards match officials.
    -    Participation within youth football: Abuse and pressure from the sidelines needs to stop.
    -    Coaching and player development: An encouraging and player-centred approach is vital.
    -    Safeguarding children: Everyone in football has a duty of care towards children
    -    Ensuring they are able to play football in a safe, enjoyable environment free of abuse, bullying and discrimination.

Anyone looking for more information about RESPECT should download the Guides and Additional Information provided from the right hand side of this page or go to the FA website

Clubs interested in RESPECT should contact their League Secretaries to find out when they think they will be able to implement the RESPECT programme.

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