It’s time to stamp out unacceptable behaviour in grassroots football
This letter has been sent to everyone involved in grassroots football (step 5 and below) who we have an email address for in our system.
Football has a unique power to deliver amazing benefits to individuals and communities. Not only does it keep us physically and mentally healthy, but it also builds long lasting friendships, teaches leadership and resilience and inspires the nation.
However, for all the good that football can bring, sadly last season, at all levels of the game, there were too many examples of unacceptable behaviours that had the opposite impact. At the grassroots level, these included swearing, aggressive shouting and persistent arguing among spectators, players and officials. It is only a small minority of people that act in this way, but these individuals can spoil the game for everyone, causing children and young people to not want to play, referees and volunteers to drop out and spectators to stop supporting their team.
As The Football Association we are not going to stand by and allow this to happen.
We will take action against those that spoil the game for others.
For this coming season we will:
• Promote our RESPECT message to encourage the right behaviours.
• Consider harsher sanctions for those behaving inappropriately.
• If necessary, we will continue to look at how we strengthen penalties and suspension periods so that we can effectively tackle behaviours that have no place in the game.
• Trial different initiatives to help encourage the right behaviours, including piloting two silent side-lines weekends.
As a Parent/Carer of a youth player, you have a big responsibility in setting the right standard of behaviour in grassroots football. We recognise the key role you play in maintaining a positive atmosphere, before, during and after the game.
Please play your part and let’s make this season a brilliant one for all.
Football deserves better, Enough is Enough.