Codes of Conduct

All those involved with the game of football, at every level, whether as a player, official, coach or administrator have a responsibility. Above and beyond compliance with the law, acting to the highest standards, to ensure that the reputation of the game is, and remains, high is of major importance.

This applies to all those involved in football within the club at Pudsey Juniors, under the auspices of The Football Association.

Codes of Conduct for the club


Pudsey Juniors AFC is opposed to discrimination in any form and will promote measures to prevent it.

Young People

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


The club recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate in football.  This includes those who play, those who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters. Pudsey Juniors AFC is committed to appropriate consultation on all levels.


Football, at all levels, is a vital part of a community and so the club will take into account community feeling when making decisions.


The club 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 & Respect

Pudsey Juniors AFC will uphold trust and respect between all those involved in the game, whether as individuals, clubs or other organisations.


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


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

Fair Play

The club is committed to the principle of playing to win consistent with fair play.

Child Welfare

The Welfare Officer will:

  • Help and safeguard young people by assisting in the promotion and implementation of the Welfare of Young People Policy at a club level
  • To assist in the raising of awareness of others at the club in respect of Child Protection
  • To be a source of advice and information within the club
  • To uphold confidentiality, as far as is practical in all Child Protection matters
  • To liaise with the West Riding County FA welfare officer when appropriate

Codes of Conduct for players

Obligations towards the game
  • A player will make every effort to develop his/her own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
  • They will 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.
  • A player will set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
  • They will avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time wasting.
  • A player will always have regard to 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.
  • They will not use inappropriate or bad language.
Obligations towards one’s own team
  • A player will make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.
  • They will resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.
  • A player will show respect to supporters, whether home or away.
Respect for the rules of the game and competition rules
  • A player will abide by the rules and spirit of the game, as well as specific competition regulations.
  • They will accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
  • A player will not take banned substances or use banned techniques.
Respect towards opponents
  • A player will treat opponents with respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
  • They will safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.
Respect towards match officials
  • A player will accept the decision of the match officials without protest.
  • They will avoid words or actions which may mislead a match official.
  • Finally, a player will show respect towards match officials.
Respect towards team officials
  • A player will abide by the instructions of his/her coach and team officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code.
  • They will also show due respect towards the team officials of the opposition.

Codes of Conduct for parents and spectators

Parents and spectators should give positive encouragement to...
  • Children enjoying football
  • A sense of personal achievement
  • Self-esteem
  • Improving the child’s skills and techniques
Parents and spectators should have a positive attitude towards...
  • Other players
  • Officials
  • Managers / coaches
  • Other spectators
Parents and spectators are encouraged to...
  • Applaud the opposition as well as your own team
  • Avoid coaching the child during the game
  • Not to shout and scream
  • Never use inappropriate or bad language
  • Respect the decisions of the match officials
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented
  • Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football