Code of Conduct




Football is the national game. All those involved with the game at every level and whether as a player, Match Official, Coach, owner or administrator, have a responsibility, above and beyond compliance with the law, to act according to the highest standards of integrity, and to ensure that the reputation of the game is and remains high. This code applies to all those involved in football under the auspices of The Football Association. Community Football at all levels is a vital part of a community. Maypole FC will take into account community feeling when making decisions.


Maypole FC is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote measures to prevent it, in whatever form, from being expressed.


Maypole FC recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels of the game. This includes those that play, those who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters. Football is committed to appropriate consultation.

Young People

Maypole FC acknowledges the extent of its influence over young people and pledges to set a positive example. Maypole FC acknowledges that public confidence demands the highest standards of financial and administrative behavior within the game, and will not tolerate corruption or improper practices.

Trust and Respect

Maypole FC will upload a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game, whether they are individuals, clubs or other organisations.


Maypole FC rejects the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.


Maypole FC is committed to fairness in its dealings with all involved in the game.

Integrity and Fair Play

Maypole FC is committed the principle of playing to win consistent with Fair Play.

FA Charter Standard Community Club Established 1975

Managers & Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport. Managers & Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance. Managers & Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies. Managers & Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect. Managers & Coached must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward. Managers & Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance. Managers & Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the player. Managers & Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they, as players, are entitled to expect from their coach. Managers & Coaches must cooperate fully with other specialists e.g. other coaches, official’s sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists, in the best interest of the player. Managers & 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. Managers & Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance. Managers & Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations towards the Game A player should: Play the game in the right spirit. Always play to the best of your ability. Prepare for the game, train well, have the correct equipment. Show respect for all those involved in the game. Never use inappropriate language. Always give maximum effort and keep going no matter what the score. Set a positive example for others especially the younger generation. Not moan or sulk on or off the pitch. Respect all members of the team. Accept failure with the same dignity as success. Play fair – avoid gamesmanship and time wasting. Try to achieve your best performance throughout every game. Make every effort to develop your own sporting ability in terms of technique, tactics and stamina Obligations towards one’s Own Team A player should:- Not criticise team mates, but encourage them. Play the game in an unselfish manner. Try to get along with all members of the team and not leave anyone out. Set a good example for your team mates. Always represent your club to the best of your ability. Arrive to training sessions and matches at the appropriate time – please don’t be late! Respect for the Laws of the Game and Competition Rules A player should: - Obey the referee, remember he/she has a difficult job to do. Always accept the result – good or bad. Know the laws of the game and enter into competition in the right spirit. Avoid time wasting. Be fair and honest. Make sure you know the laws, rules and abide by them. Not use any banned substances

Respect towards Opponents A player should:- Remember that what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch, once the game is over you are no longer opponents. Never use violence or rough play towards an opponent. If you foul a player make sure you help them back to their feet. Respect opponents at all time, irrespective of the result of the game Respect towards Match Officials. A player should:- Always respect the official’s decision and accept without protest. Never argue with an official, get on with your own game. Always keep your opinion of an official to yourself. Never try to mislead an official by words or actions. Never use inappropriate language towards match officials. Respect towards all Team officials (Manager/Coach/Secretary etc) A player should:- Always listen and follow instructions from your coach or team official in the best way that you can within the laws of the game. Respect the opposition official as well as your own. Treat your team officials and opposition team officials with respect both on and off the pitch. Obligations towards the Supporters. A player should:- Respect the supporters and don’t argue with your own or your opponents supporters. Respect the supporters who have given up their time for you. Obligation towards Club Clothing and Equipment a player should:- Respect all club equipment and clothing. Attend all training sessions and ensure you are prepared – mentally/physically and practically. Wear club clothing (as identified for individual teams) as instructed by your individual team official. Boots must be clean for all training sessions and matches. All club clothing you are provided with (e.g. match shorts and socks, training kit, tracksuit rain macs etc) is to be kept in a clean and tidy manner and worn as and when required. It is your responsibility to wear the appropriate clothing for matches and training. It is your responsibility to ensure club subscriptions are paid on time. Any fines incurred due to inappropriate behaviour by either supporter or player will be the responsibility of that person or player/parent to pay and will not be paid from individual club funds. Club Tracksuits and kit remain the property of the club and are to be returned to the individual Team Secretary should you decide to leave. Travel arrangements to away matches must be organised in advance of the match – if you are unsure of arrangements or directions please ensure you contact your team manager.

This Code applies to all Team / Club Officials (although some items may not apply to all Officials) Obligations towards the game aTeam Official should:- Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters. Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game. Always have regard to the best interest of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game. Not use of tolerate inappropriate language Obligation towards the Team the Team Official should: - Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team and to obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means. Give priority to the interest of the team over individual interests. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences including banned substances and techniques. Promote ethical principles. Show due respect to the interest of players, coaches and other officials at their own club/team and others.Obligations towards the Supporters The Team Official should:- Show due respect to the interests of supporters. Respect towards Match Officials. The Team Official should:- Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official. Show due respect towards Match OfficialsTeam Offical. Team offcials must not smoke at matches or whilst they are coaching at training sessions. This also includes electronic cigarettes.

Parents/Carers/Spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game - its fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within your club it is important to reinforce the message to parents/carers/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to: Children enjoying football. A sense of personal achievement. Self-esteem Improving the child’s skills and techniques Maypole FC recognises that a Parents/Carers/Spectators expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards: Other players, Officials Managers, Spectators and as such Maypole FC will endeavour to ensure that all Parents/Carers/Spectators within our club:- Are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children, not just their own. Applaud the opposition as well as their own team Avoid coaching the child during the game. Not to shout and Scream. Respect the Referees decision. Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented. Give encouragement to everyone involved. Ensure that parents/spectators within our club agree and adhere to the club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

Anti-discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policies for Clubs. As the governing body of the game. The Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally. Our commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.The following policies are at the heart of our club’s activities.

Maypole FC is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. Equality of opportunity at Maypole FC means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race,nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.This includes: The advertisement for volunteers. The selection of candidates for volunteers. Courses. External coaching and education activities and awards. Football development activities. Selection for teams. Appointments to honorary positions. Maypole FC will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs. Maypole FC is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.

Maypole FC is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality. All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:- Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others. Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s)for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which are different from the requirements for others. Imposing on individual requirements which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex. Victimisation of an individual. Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination. Any other act or omission of an act, which has its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in the entire club’s recruitment,selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible. Maypole FC commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination. Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club’s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure. Maypole FC commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members. The difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given,wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access.
Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it.