NZF RESPECT PROGRAMME
WHAT IS IT?
A programme originally put together by the FA to tackle 3 concerns:
The abuse of players and referees by parents and spectatorsToo many games not having a qualified refereeThe number of referees leaving the game because of abuse
HOW WAS IT DEVELOPED?
A package of measures was trialled with 7 County FAs.
WHAT MEASURES WERE INTRODUCED?
Roped off areas for parents and spectatorsSigned codes of conduct for players, parents, coaches and refereesClear sanctions for breaches of the codesOnly allowing the captain to speak to the referee
The referee is to work with the captain to manage the players and the gamePre-game chatMust deal firmly with players who show dissentRemove coaches who berate an official or opponent