The respect campaign was launched by the FA in 2008, implemented across many leagues and embraced by many clubs including the BYFL, Dorset Youth Football, Dorset Mini Soccer Leagues and Dexter Sports YFC.

Signing up to the respect campaign.

All officials and members of Dexter Sports YFC are expected to sign up to and adhere to the Respect Codes of Conduct.

Step 1: Respect Codes of Conduct There is a Code of Conduct for each of the five main types of football participant: Young Players, Adult Players, Spectators and Parents/Carers, Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials, and Match Officials. Each Code explains actions can be taken if the Code is broken.

Click on the following links for each of the Codes -

Manager / Coaches / Club Officials

Spectators / Parents


Match Officials


The FA gives some guidelines on introducing Respect to young players - click here

Step 2: Designated Spectator Areas The FA recommends you introduce marked areas along the touchlines, within which spectators must stay. The idea behind this is to encourage parents and spectators to take a step back from the pitch and support the teams in a more responsible manner.

Step 3: Captain taking responsibility There will be a drive to enhance captaincy skills, encouraging captains to take full responsibility for their players' actions and behaviour.

The following link gives some guidelines on the Captains' role

Step 4: Referee managing the game There will be a similar drive to enhance referees' match management skills - to create an environment where potential problems are addressed before they escalate.

Before and after each game the 'Respect Handshake' should be carried out.

Find out more about what the campaign is about and what it has achieved by visiting the FA Respect web page.