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coach code

The responsible Football Coach Code of Conduct

Coaches must:

respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

place the wellbeing and safety of each player above all other considerations,

including the development of performance.

adhere to all guidelines laid down by the rules of the Football Association.

develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the players.

at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, with their parents), exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

co-operate fully with other specialists, e.g. with other coaches, officials, sports scientists, physiotherapist, in the best interest of the player.

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.

Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

Any breach of any provision(s) of this Code of Conduct by a coach shall constitute a breach of the rules of the Football Association and shall be dealt with under the procedures set out in the rules of the Football Association.

The Football Association and the F.A. Coaches Association wish to acknowledge the valuable contribution of The National Coaching Foundation and The National Association of Sports Coaches in creating this Code of Conduct.

The Football Association also supports and recommends clubs bring to the attention of all staff and volunteers the Home Office booklet "Caring for Young Persons and the Vulnerable". A guidance for preventing the abuse of trust.

September 2020

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