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Code of Conduct for Team Officials


Team officials are key to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly effects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Team officials are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct. Team officials have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications. It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for team officials. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for team officials to disassociate themselves from a "win-at-all-costs" attitude. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the club, school, coach, team official or parent.

Code of Conduct

Obligations towards the Game - The team 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 interests 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 or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations 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 interests of the team over individual interests.

Obligations towards the Supporters The team official should:

·Show due respect to the interests of supporters.

Respect towards the Match Officials - A 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 Officials.The clubs complaints policy should be invoked by a club member who has a concern regarding adherence to this policy.