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Code of Conduct

Fair Play and Code of Conduct - a guide for everyone at Coventry United

Fair play: FIFA rules 

Code of Conduct for Football

FIFA's Code of Conduct encapsulates all the sporting, moral and ethical principles for which FIFA has always stood and for which it will continue to fight in the future, regardless of the influences and pressures that may be brought to bear. The ten golden rules not only serve as a credo for FIFA as the world football body, but they also reinforce the sense of fraternity and cooperation among the members of the worldwide football family.

Play to Win

Winning is the object of playing any game. Never set out to lose. If you do not play to win, you are cheating your opponents, deceiving those who are watching, and also fooling yourself. Never give up against stronger opponents but never relent against weaker ones. It is an insult to any opponent to play at less than full strength. Play to win, until the final whistle.

Play Fair

Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly. Cheating is easy, but brings no pleasure. Playing fair requires courage and character. It is also more satisfying. Fair Play always has its reward, even when the game is lost. Playing fair earns you respect, while cheats are detested. Remember: It's only a game. And games are pointless unless played fairly.

Observe the Laws of the Game

All games need rules to guide them. Without rules, there would be chaos. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. Make an effort to learn them, so you understand the game better. This makes you a better player. It is just as important to understand the spirit of the rules. They are designed to make the game fun to play and fun to watch. By sticking to the rules, you will enjoy the game more. 

Respect Opponents, Teammates, Referees, Officials and Spectators

Fair Play means respect. Without opponents there can be no game. They have the same rights as you have, including the right to be respected. Your teammates are your colleagues. You form a team in which all members are equal. Referees are there to maintain discipline and Fair Play. Always accept their decisions without arguing, and help them to help you enjoy the game more. Officials are also part of the game and must be respected accordingly. Spectators give the game atmosphere. They want to see the game played fairly, but must also behave fairly themselves. 

Accept Defeat with Dignity

Nobody wins all the time. You win some, you lose some. Learn to lose graciously. Don't seek excuses for defeat. Genuine reasons will always be self-evident. Congratulate the winners with good grace. Don't blame the referee or anyone else. Determine to do better next time. Good losers earn more respect than bad winners.

Promote the Interests of Football

Football is the world's greatest game. But it always needs your help to keep it as Number One. Think of football's interests before your own. Think how your actions may affect the image of the game. Talk about the positive things in the game. Encourage other people to watch it or play it fairly. Help others to have as much fun from football as you do. Be an ambassador for the game.

Reject Corruption, Drugs, Racism, Violence and other Dangers to our Sport

Football's huge popularity sometimes makes it vulnerable to negative outside interests. Watch out for attempts to tempt you into cheating or using drugs. Drugs have no place in football or any other sport or in our society. Say No to Drugs. Help Kick Racism out of Football. Treat all players and everyone else equally, regardless of their skin colour or origin. Show that football does not want violence, even from your own fans. Football is Sport, and Sport is Peace.

Help Others to Resist Corrupting Pressures

You may hear that teammates or other people you know are being tempted to cheat in some way. They need your help. Don't hesitate to stand by them. Give them the strength to resist. Remind them of their commitment to their teammates and to the game itself. Form a block of solidarity, like a solid defence on the field of play.

Denounce Those who Attempt to Discredit Football

Don't be ashamed to show up anybody who you are sure is trying to make others cheat. It's better to expose them and have them removed before they can do any damage. It often takes more courage to denounce what is wrong, than to go along with a dishonest plan. Your honesty will be admired but your complicity will not. Don't just say No. Denounce the culprits who are trying to spoil our sport before they can persuade somebody else to say Yes.

Honour Those who Defend Football's Good Reputation

The good name of football has survived because the vast majority of people who love the game are honest and fair. Sometimes somebody does something exceptional that deserves our special recognition. They should be honoured and their fine example made public. This encourages others to act in the same way. Help promote football's image by publicising its good deeds.

Coaches – Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is based on that of The F.A. Coaches Association and all Coaches of Coventry United are required to abide by the Code of Conduct set out below:

  • Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  • Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  • Coaches must adhere to all the Rules of The Football Association.
  • Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  • Coaches should, from the outset, clarify with the player (and, where appropriate for the Junior Section Member, their parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  • Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  • Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  • Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Coaches must avoid any one to one contact with players in private. All one to one discussions should be in the close proximity of another person.
  • Coaches must be familiar with the content of the Child Protection Package and always adhere to the principles contained theirin.
  • Coaches must never humiliate any player and use only appropriate language that does not include swearing or blasphemy.
  • Coaches must avoid the use of derogatory or ambiguous nicknames and only use nicknames with the express permission of the player concerned.

Supporters Club Officials – Code of Conduct

Supporters Club officials are expected to read and follow the Code of Conduct. This code has been developed alongside the Football Associations Respect Code of Conduct for Coaches, Managers and Club Officials. The code applies to all forms of communication including social media. 

Non-Playing Staff representing Coventry United Supporters Club are expected to:

  • Show respect to others involved in the game
  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour
  • Always respect the match official's decision
  • Never enter the field of play without the referee's permission
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, bullying, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
  • Develop appropriate working relationships built upon mutual trust and respect
  • Remember that as an officer of the club you influence our reputational standing amongst the public, with other clubs and the game in general, and should consider this when making statements or remarks including use of social media
  • Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and treat each person equally
  • Do not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Never humiliate any person and use only appropriate language that does not include swearing or blasphemy
  • Avoid the use of derogatory or ambiguous nicknames and only use nicknames with the expressed permission of the person concerned
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques

Fans Code of Conduct

We  have  the  best  fans  in  the  league  supporting  the  best team  in  the  league.  We  want  to  stay  top  of  the  charts  in everything we do, which is why we ask our loyal supporters to adhere to a simple Code of Conduct.

It  is  recognised  that  football  is  a  passionate  game  and supporters  will  have  their  own  way  of  expressing  their support  and  reactions.  This  is  acceptable  and  welcomed as   it   often   adds   positively   to   the   match   experience. However   behaviour   which   jeopardises   the   safety   and enjoyment  of  others  or  is  likely  to  bring  disrepute  to  the Club is not acceptable 

This includes:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • sectarian, racial, discriminatory or obscene chanting
  • throwing any article within the stadium or its environs
  • encroaching onto the field of play

Obligations towards the game

We want our supporters to encourage the team but at the same time we want to show respect for our opponents, the match officials, opposition fans and our own staff, stewards and office bearers. Therefore, supporters should;

  • Show due respect to match officials and others involved in the game.
  • Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
  • Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.

“If  we  adhere  to  our  guide  we  will  not  only  secure  a very  positive  reputation  for  our  club  and  fans,  we  will also grow our supporters club more quickly as we aim for higher leagues."