ENOUGH is Enough. It’s time to stamp out unacceptable behaviour in grassroots football.
As the grassroots season gets underway for 2022-23, The FA is to crackdown on those that spoil the game for others and has issued the following message:
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. The FA will take action against those that spoil the game for others.
For this coming season The FA 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
Clubs, Leagues and Coaches/Managers
We recognise the key role Clubs, Leagues and Coaches/Managers have in delivering a positive football environment for all. We have pulled together the below document which sets out what action you can take against individuals who are not exhibiting the right behaviours.
Please play your part and let’s make this season a brilliant one for all.
As a Player, we need your support to make football a positive place for everyone. We recognise the key role you have in this, by maintaining a positive atmosphere amongst your fellow players both on and off the pitch and showing Respect to all match officials, volunteers and spectators.
Parents of Youth players
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.
As a Volunteer, we are grateful for the lengths you go to in order to support grassroots football. We recognise the key role you have in delivering a positive football environment and we need your continued support to make football a positive place for everyone.
Referees and officials
As a Referee, we are grateful for the lengths you go to in order to support grassroots football. Managing a football match can sometimes be difficult but you have a key role in delivering a positive football environment. Your efforts in helping create a positive environment do not go unnoticed and we need your continued support to make football a positive place for everyone.
Football deserves better, Enough is Enough.