Code of Conduct:
Team & Match Officials

Obligations towards the Game

The Team Official should:

  • Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters, by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game.
  • Promote and develop his/her team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.
  • The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and on the side-lines.
  • 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.
  • Be responsible in promoting high standards of behaviour in the game.
  • Play your part and observe the FA’s Respect Code of Conduct and match officials at all times.
  • Avoid all forms of Gamesmanship.
  • Show all due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.
  • Always have regard for 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, using all permitted means.
  • Give priority to the interests of the team, using all permitted means.
  • Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
  • Promote ethical principles.
  • Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own Club/team and others.

Obligations towards the Supporters

The Team Official should:

  • Show due respect for the interests of Supporters.
  • Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Respect towards the Match Officials

The Team Official should:

  • Accept the decisions of the Match Officials without protest.
  • Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
  • Show due respect towards Match Officials.


  • Be honest and completely impartial at all times.
  • Apply the laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently.
  • Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner.
  • Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour , foul play and other misconduct.
  • Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players or officials.
  • Support my match official colleagues at all times.
  • Communicate with the players and encourage Fair Play.
  • Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains.
  • Prepare physically and mentally for every match.
  • Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which I officiate.

I understand that if I do not follow the code, any/all of the following activities may be taken by my county FA or the FA:

I may be:

  • Required to meet with the FA/County FA Refereeing Official.
  • Required to meet with the FA/County FA Referees Committee.

Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.

Revised – Summer 2016