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Cornwall FA has received many reports of poor behaviour towards match officials in youth football recently. This behaviour is not acceptable! As a club we fully support all our match officials which includes referees (youth and adult), linespeople, coaches, managers, and parent helpers. They are all volunteers and give up their time to enable our club to flourish.

We all have a part to play in showing respect to everyone involved in the game and we need to do better. Please may I remind all our members to follow the Respect Code of Conduct for players, parents, spectators and coaches, which can be found in the policies section of our website.

Most importantly:

  • Stick to the rules and celebrate the spirit of the game

  • Encourage fair play and high standards by your players and spectators

  • Always respect the referee and linesperson and encourage players to do the same

  • Never enter the field of play without the referees permission

  • Stay behind the respect barrier

  • Leave the coaching to the coaches – it is unhelpful for spectators to coach the children from the sidelines

  • Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive behaviour

  • Be gracious in victory and defeat

We are fortunate in having newly qualified youth referees and many parent helpers who referee games. All referees (qualified or not) have the same authority and responsibility as a qualified referee, meaning they can issue red and yellow cards to players and spectators.

Any club members that referee or would like to help with refereeing we highly recommend taking part in this online “Stand in Referee Workshop” hosted by Lee Swabey, Referee Development Officer, on the 23rd March.

Information on how to book a place can be found below:

Thank you for reading.

FCYFC Committee


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