Respect Programme - information for federations, referees and clubs
What is it?
A programme orginally put together by the FA to tackle 3 concerns
The abuse of players and referees by parents and spectators
Too many games not having a qualified referee
the number of referees leaving the game because of abuse
What measures were introduced?
Roped off areas for parents and spectators
Signed codes of conduct for players, parents, coaches and referees
Clear sanctions for breaches of the codes
Only allowing the captain to speak to the referee
The referee is to work with the captain to manage the players and the game
Must deal firmly with players who show dissent
Remove coaches who berate an official or opponent
As part of the RESPECT programme, for all competitors is has been decided to introduce both the initiative that involves the referee working with the team captain on the day to manage the players and the game effectively and the pre-match fair play handshake initiative
Working with the team captain
The referee will work with the team captain in order to manage the players and the game effectively. Note the guidelines in the Laws of the Game which state that the captain has no special stsus or priviledges under the Laws of the Game but he / she has a degree of responsibility for the behavior of his team
The referee must control the game by applying the Laws of the Game, and deal firmly with any open show of dissent by players eg not move away from the incident, but stay and deal with it
The referee should use a stepped approach where appropriate to managing players eg roadblocks 1) Free kick, 2) Free kick with quiet word, 3) free kick with admonition (this is where the referee should consider using the captain to get the message across, 4) Yellow card
This stepped approach does not negate the fact that the referee has the authority within the Laws of the Game to issue diciplinary sanctions without recourse to the captain.
Players may appeal for a decision (eg a throw in) but it is important that the referee distinguishes these from an act of dissent which should be punished with a caution.
Even if the captain is some way from an incident when the referee feels he needs him involved in a decisioin with a player, the referee will call the captain over rather than using another player
These guidelines should be seen as an additional preventative tool in order to help referees manage the game more effectively. The key is to use the captains in a more visable way, where appropriate
Fair Play Handsake Protocol
The following protocol should be applied where possible
The starting eleven from both teams together with the referee(s) should take part in the handshake
Each team should line up on the side of the halfway line
The Home team, led by their captain, then walks to shake hands with the referee(s), and then the away team. Once each Home team player has finished shaking hands with the last away team player they disperse
Once the last home team player has passed by, the Away team then follows their captain to shake hands with the referee(s)
Once the handshake has been completed the referee then tosses the coin
It may be difficult to impliment this protocol in every case, we would ask that referees do what is reasonable to ensure its implementation.