Club Code of Conduct

By abiding by the Higher Bebington JFC Code of Conduct, you will be ensuring that football is played in a safe, fun and enjoyable environment.

Parents Code of Behaviour
As stated under FA Welfare Policy Procedures & Practices

Players are the most important people in sport. Playing for the team and playing for enjoyment are the most fundamental parts of the game. We all aim to win, but not at any cost, because Fair Play and Respect for all others involved in the game is equally important.

Parents and spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children should play football because they, first and foremost, enjoy the game – it’s fun. But, however good a child becomes at football within the club, it is important to remember that positive encouragement will contribute to:

  • Children enjoying football.
  • a sense of personal achievement.
  • high self-esteem.
  • improving the child’s skills and techniques.

Parent’s / spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards other players, match officials, managers and spectators.
All parents / spectators are expected:

  • not to use foul or abusive language in any circumstances.
  • to always be positive and encouraging towards all players from both teams (not just their own child or the most talented), in a sensible and constructive manner.
  • to avoid yelling at or ridiculing a child for making a mistake.
  • to remember that children play football for their own enjoyment, not for your own entertainment.
  • to show respect for the Match Officials.
  • to accept defeat sensibly and with dignity and to encourage the children to do the same.
  • to avoid instructing the players during the game contrary to instruction from coaching team.
  • to accept and respect the decisions and instructions of the Coach and other Team Officials
  • remember, they are volunteers who give up their time and resources to provide football for your children.
  • to support team coach and officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain reasonable standards of discipline during training sessions and matches.
  • to abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game of football.
  • to support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s football and to promote this Code of Conduct amongst other Parents and Spectators.
  • to avoid antagonising opposition Parents, Guardians and Spectators.
  • to ensure that any invited Spectators are made aware of their responsibility under this code.
  • encourage your child to play by the laws of the gam
  • Avoid pressurizing players about winning and losing

Conduct within the Youth Section

  • Focus on the effort and performance rather than the winning or losing. Recognize that the Coaches are following a long term programme of development for your child
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good play by all teams
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Show appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate
  • Discuss any concerns with the Parents Spokesperson or the welfare office

REMEMBER: Children learn best by example

Player’s code of behaviour
As stated under FA Welfare Policy Procedures & Practices


  • Show respect and fair play to your opponents
  • Play within the rules of the game
  • Encourage, support and co-operate with your team-mates
  • Respect the officials and accept all decisions without question
  • Respect the coaches and club officials

Conduct within the Youth Section

  • Never argue with an official. Concentrate on the game, as you will not be able to effect a bad decision
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in any sport
  • Work equally hard for yourself and / or your team. Your teams performance will benefit and so will you
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are by your team or the opposition
  • Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player
  • Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition
  • Play to enjoy football, and not just to please your parents or coaches
  • Concentrate on the game your coach has asked you to play. Be confident and Express yourself

Manager’s code of behaviour
As stated under FA Welfare Policy Procedures & Practices

  • Show respect to opposition Mangers & Players
  • Encourage players to express themselves by showing encouragement and support
  • Emphasise playing first & winning second
  • Deliver detailed, planned training sessions to aid player development
  • Set an example of behaviour

Conduct within the Youth Section

  • Represent Higher Bebington JFC in a professional & courteous manner
  • Respect all players regardless of ability
  • Praise sporting behaviour
  • Demonstrate good practice in protective behaviours when players are in the care of the club
  • Enable a positive attitude within the squad by ensuring signed members have the opportunity to play.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are by your team or the opposition
  • Coach to enjoy football, not just to win at all costs