Code of Conduct

Doverhouse Lions Football Club will adhere to the following Codes of Conduct.

A Code of Conduct for Football

Football is the national game. All those involved with the game at every level and whether as a player, match official, coach, owner or administrator, have a responsibility, above and beyond compliance with the law, to act according to the highest standards of integrity, and to ensure that the reputation of the game is, and remains, high. This code applies to all those involved in football under the auspices of The Football Association. Community Football, at all levels, is a vital part of a community. Football will take into account community feeling when making decisions.


Football is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote measures to prevent it, in whatever form, from being expressed.


Football recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels of the game. This includes those who play, whose who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters. Football is committed to appropriate consultation.

Young People         ��      ��          ��  ��                 

Football acknowledges the extent of its influence over young people and pledges to set a positive example.


Football acknowledges that public confidence demands the highest standards of financial and administrative behaviour within the game and will not tolerate corruption or improper practices.

Trust and Respect

Football will uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game, whether they are individuals, clubs or other organisations.


Football rejects the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.


Football is committed to fairness in its dealings with all involved in the game.

Integrity and Fair play

Football is committed to the principle of playing to win consistent with fair play and not at all costs.


Code of Conduct for Coaches – Club Rules


Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct.

Coaches 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 coaches. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a �����win-at-all-costs” attitude.

Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in coaching young people. 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 or parent.

Set out below is The F.A. Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the National Association of Sports Coaches) which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching:

  • Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  • Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  • Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  • Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  • Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  • Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  • Coaches must 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.
  • Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.


Code of Conduct – Players


The following is the club’s own code of conduct for players. It is designed to ensure that the Club’s reputation is enhanced and that players enjoy their football. It is anticipated that Player���s will be supported by their Parents/Guardians in order to ensure compliance with this code. Players and parents are required to sign the supplementary code of conduct to ensure all members understand club rules.

Code 1:

Players will be expected to look after club equipment at all times. If it is deemed appropriate by there Manager or Club Coach they will also be expected to help out by putting up nets, corner flags and undertaking other duties required of them.

Code 2:

Sportsmanship ��� always encourage your team mates and refrain from criticising their mistakes. Always shake hands with you opponents at the end of the game regardless of the result. Also remember to shake hands with the referee at the end of the game and to thank them ��� without them there wouldn’t be a match.

Code 3:

Players will be expected to turn up to matches with clean kit and clean boots. Failure to do so reflects badly on the individual, the team and the club as a whole. The Managers/Coaches will retain the right to drop players who transgress this code. Remember TAKE A PRIDE IN YOUR APPEARANCE.

Code 4:

It is the players’ responsibility to turn up for matches on time, to turn up at meeting points for away games on time and to turn up with the necessary equipment for the game. Players turning up for matches after the designated time can be either named as substitute or dropped from the team at the discretion of the Manager/Coach.

Code 5:

It is the player’s responsibility to pay any signing-on fees/match fees as levied by the club. Failure to do so on time could result in the player being dropped or excluded from subsequent fixtures until payment has been made in full. Any players who have difficulty in meeting fees should speak in confidence to either their team manager/coach or the club treasurer or secretary.

Code 6:

Listen to your Manager /Coach who is there for YOU. Players should accept that the team Manager/Coach is responsible for selecting the team and he/she will not enter into any discussions with players regarding this selection unless he/she chooses to do so.

Code 7:

Any player failing to turn up for a match, having been selected and informed of his/her selection, who does not have an acceptable reason and who has not contacted the Manager/Coach before the game will risk not being considered for the following week���s game. Acceptable reasons include injury, illness, school activities and family commitments. Leaving such a player out will be at the discretion of the Manager/Coach.

Code 8:

Players, whenever possible, are expected to attend training sessions organised by their team. If unable to do so they should inform their Manager/Coach as soon as possible.

Code 9:

Players unavailable for selection should inform their team Manager/Coach as soon as possible. It is not acceptable to pull out on the day of a game unless this through a new injury or illness. Early notice helps Managers/Coaches with their arrangements.

Obligations towards the Team

The team official should

  1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to obtain the best results for the team, using all permitted means.
  2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.
  3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
  4. Promote ethical principles.
  5. Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own club/team and others.

Respect towards the Match Officials

A team official should

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

Obligations towards the Supporters

The team official should

  1. Show due respect for the interests of supporters.

Obligations towards the Game

The team official should

  1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
  2. Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.
  3. 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.
  4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
  5. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.
  6. 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.
  7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.


Code of Conduct – Parents

Parents/Spectators have a great influence on childrens enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game – its fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within the club, it is important to reinforce the message to parents / spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to;

  • Children enjoying football
  • A sense of personal achievement
  • Self esteem
  • Improving the child’s skills and techniques

A parent / spectator���������s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attributes towards;

  • Other players
  • Officials
  • Managers
  • Spectators

Parents / spectators within the club should always be positive and encouraging towards all of the children not just their own.

Parents / Spectators are encouraged to:

  • Applaud the opposition as well as the club’s own team
  • Avoid coaching the children during the game
  • Not to shout and scream
  • Respect the referees decision
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented.
  • Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

Parents / spectators within the club must agree to and adhere to this Code of Conduct and the Club’s Child Protection Policy.