NERF Junior Premier League - FA Respect League
“Respect is the collective responsibility of those involved in football, at all levels to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. It is the behavioural code for Football.”
The League has worked with Gloucestershire County FA
in order to be awarded the status of Respect League.
We took this award very seriously as we didn’t just want a badge to put on the website – we wanted to continue to develop our League into the best possible place for our players to develop through high quality training and matches played to the highest possible standards of respect from all parties concerned.
When we looked at what we wanted to achieve with our commitment to the Respect Campaign we found that it was in line with what the key objectives of the FA Respect Campaign were, namely:
What do we want to achieve with Respect?
1. There will be zero tolerance for assaults on referees.
2. There will be an improvement in on-field player discipline, particularly in the area of dissent to referees.
3. There will be a ‘step change‘ in youth football on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour from parents and spectators.
4. We will work with coaches to create an enjoyable learning environment for children’s football
The JPL Code of Conduct and the Respect Guide for Parents are both available for viewing from THIS
link and the link on the home page of this website.
Going forward what do we expect as our minimum standards:
1. All players and coaches registering to the league will be expected to complete the code of conduct before taking part in any matches
2. All matches to be played with a respect barrier or fixed barrier in place which all supporters must be behind
3. Team sheets to be handed to the referee before the match with all players photos on them to ensure only registered players participate
4. All matches to have the respect handshake before the kick off
5. All referees who wish to officiate on JPLS matches will have had to undergo respect training
6. The Junior Premier League will actively promote the FA’s online ‘Respect Parents’ module
7. The referees are now expected to submit a match report/checklist which will highlight areas for development and any instances of poor behaviour and cautions/dismissals.
8. Home and away teams still report on match day standards
9. These reports will form the basis of a fair play / respect league table which will reward the best performing teams at the end of a season
We will be working with all clubs that are in our league to ensure that they work to their own codes of conduct and also to the leagues code of conduct. Training will be provided on an ongoing basis so that this league can be a model of Respect and so that every participant enjoys their matches in whatever capacity they are there.
We hope you will all agree and support this initiative and please do use the link on the homepage to go and vote for this league so that all of our efforts can be rewarded by the FA.