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
- Pre-game chat
- 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
The following protocole 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 protocole in every case, we would ask that referees do what is reasonable to ensure its implementation.