|Fair Play is essential
for the successful promotion and development of
and involvement in sport. The objective of Fair
Play is to foster a sporting spirit, as well as
the sporting behaviour of coaches, players, team
officials and spectators, thereby increasing the
enjoyment of all those involved in the game.
Code of Conduct for Coaches
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
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”
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.
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
Coaches must consistently display high standards
of behaviour and appearance.
Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.
Coaches must promote and encourage, particularly
to young players, the importance of a healthy lifestyle
Coaches must provide guidance and support to players
on the dangers of drug abuse.