The children’s code

  • Play for your own enjoyment and not simply to please your parents or coaches.
  • Enjoy football, develop and flourish through football. 
  • Learn and respect the rules of the game and the rules of the group. 
  • Fit in to the group and be a good team-mate. 
  • Respect your opponents. 
  • Accept the decisions of the referees and your coach-educators. 
  • Ensure fair play in all circumstances.



The parents’ code

  1. Remember that children play football for their own enjoyment, not for that of their parents.
  2. Encourage rather than force or oblige.
  3. Encourage children to always respect the rules of the game.
  4. Never reprimand a child for a technical error or for losing a match.
  5. Remember that children learn from example.
  6. Encourage both teams.
  7. Congratulate both teams irrespective of the result of the match.
  1. Help to eradicate all physical and verbal abuse from football.
  2. Respect the decisions of the coaches and referees and teach the children to do the same thing.
  3. Support, encourage and help volunteers, coaches, organisers and officials in their work. Without them, the children would not have the opportunity to play football.
  4. Ensure fair play in all circumstances.

The referees’ code

  1. Be aware that refereeing a match for children is completely different from refereeing a match for adults.
  2. Protect the children.
  3. Put the emphasis on the spirit of the game rather than on errors.
  4. Do not intervene excessively in a match.
  5. Allow the children to play.
  6. Explain any infringements of the Laws of the game committed by the children.
  7. If a player makes a mistake in restarting play, get the same player to repeat the action while explaining his/her error.
  8. Do not tolerate inappropriate language.
  9. Remain consistent, objective and polite when indicating infringements of the rules of the game.
  10. Have an explanatory attitude to refereeing; clarify all infringements.
  11. Retain a positive and cheerful manner.
  12. Ensure fair play in all circumstances.
  13. Ask the children to shake hands before and after the match.