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Codes of Conduct

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 Hutton F.C. and The Football Association.

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  • Community

    Football, at all levels, is a vital part of a community.

    Football will take into account community feeling when making decisions.

  • Equality

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

  • Participants

    Football recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels of the game. This includes those who play, those 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.

  • Propriety

    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.

  • Violence

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

  • Fairness

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

  • Code of Conduct for Managers & Coaches

    a). Use my position to set a positive example for the young people I am responsible for.

    b). Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators.

    c). Show respect to other Hutton Managers and Coaches, the Club’s Football Management Committee and Trustees.

    d). Not engage in any form of abuse either verbally, on e-mail or on social media, whats app etc.

    e). Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game.

    f). Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour.

    g). Respect the match official’s decision.

    h). Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission.

    i). Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

    j). Be gracious in victory and defeat.


    a). Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning.

    b). Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying.

    c). Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

    d). Ensure all activities I organize are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity.

    e). Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests.

    I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA:

    I MAY BE:

    a). Required to meet with the Club, League or County Welfare Officer.

    b). Suspended by the Club from attending matches.

    c). Suspended or fined by the County FA.

    d). Required to leave or be removed from my position within the Club.

    e). My FA Coaching License may be withdrawn.

  • Code of Conduct for Players

    Obligations towards the game.

    A player should :-
    1. Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
    2. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
    3. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
    4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship and time wasting.
    5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
    6. Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
    7. Not use inappropriate language.

    Obligations towards one’s own team.

    A player should :-
    1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.
    2. Resist any influence, which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.

    Respect for the laws of the game and competition rules.

    A player should :-
    1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules
    2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
    3. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

    Respect towards opponents.

    A player should :-
    1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
    2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

    Respect towards match officials.

    A player should :-
    1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
    2. Avoid words or actions, which may mislead a Match Official.
    3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.

    Respect towards team officials.

    A player should :-
    1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
    2. Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.

    Obligations towards the supporters.

    A player should :-
    1. Show due respect to the interests of supporters.

  • Code of Conduct for Parents/Spectators

    Parents / Spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football.

    All children play football because they first and foremost love the game – it’s fun.

    It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within your club it is important to reinforce the message to parents / spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to :-
    1. Children enjoying football.
    2. A sense of personal achievement.
    3. Self-esteem.
    4. Improving the child’s skills and techniques.

    A parent’s / spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards :-
    1. Other players.
    2. Officials.
    3. Managers.
    4. Spectators.

    Ensure that parents / spectators within your club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children not just their own.

    Encourage parents / spectators to :-
    1. Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.
    2. Avoid coaching the child during the game.
    3. Not to shout and scream.
    4. Respect the referee’s decision.
    5. Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented.
    6. Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

    Ensure that parents / spectators within your club agree and adhere to your club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

  • Goalpost Safety Guildines

    The Football Association, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Health and Safety Executive and the British Standards Institution, would like to draw your attention to the following guidelines for the safe use of goalposts.
    Too many serious injuries and fatalities have occurred in recent years as a result of unsafe or incorrect use of goalposts.
    Safety is always of paramount importance and everyone in football must play their part to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.

    1. For safety reasons goalposts of any size (including those which are portable and not installed permanently at a pitch or practice field) must always be anchored securely to the ground.
    Portable goalposts must be secured by the use of chain anchors or appropriate anchor weights to prevent them from toppling forward.
    It is essential that under no circumstances should children or adults be allowed to climb, swing on or play with the structures of the goalposts.
    Particular attention is drawn to the fact that if not properly assembled and secured, portable goalposts may topple over.
    Regular inspections of goalposts should be carried out to check that they are kept properly maintained.
    2. Portable goalposts should not be left in place after use. They should be dismantled and removed to a place of secure storage.
    3. It is strongly recommended that plastic hooks should only secure nets or tape and not by metal cup hooks. Any metal cup hooks should be removed and replaced. New goalposts should not be purchased if they include metal cup hooks, which cannot be replaced.
    4. Goalposts which are “home made” or which have been altered from their original size or construction should not be used. These have been the cause of a number of deaths and injuries.
    5. Guidelines to prevent toppling :-

    a) Follow Manufacturer’s guidelines in assembling goalposts.

    b) Before use, adults should :-

    Ensure each goal is anchored securely in its place.

    Exert a significant downward force on the cross bar

    Exert a significant backward force on both upright posts

    Exert a significant forward force on both upright posts

    These must be repeated until it is established that the structure is secure. If not, alternative goals/pitches must be used.