Thousands of people participate and officiate in football each weekend across northern NSW.
Over time, a minority have unfortunately decided that it is ok to:
- Abuse referees, both official and volunteers
- Scream and yell at players, coaches and officials
- Criticise performance rather than celebrate effort
- Ignore, manipulate and question rules and decisions
Many of us have experienced this poor behaviour firsthand. Its impacts include:
- People stop playing the game
- Referees stop officiating
- Volunteer numbers dwindle
- Mental health suffers
- Tensions between clubs rise
- Clubs’ reputations diminish
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
It doesn’t need to be like this, but it will take all of us to fix the problem and create a genuine culture shift.
This needs to occur at all levels. We need to Respect the Game.
It’s our collective job to keep our game strong and provide a safe, enjoyable environment that protects participants, match officials, club administrators, volunteers and spectators.
RESPECT OUR GAME PLEDGE
Share your support and Respect the Game by taking a pledge to respect others and call out bad behaviour.
How it works:
- Head to our online pledge page
- Pledge your support to Respect the Game
- Encourage others at your club to do the same
- Join a community of people committed to greater respect in football
I pledge to Respect our Game and will not tolerate abuse in our game directed towards referees, players, coaches, spectators, officials or volunteers.
I will call out behaviour that undermines this pledge and drive a culture of respect within our football community.
YOU KNOW THE RULES
REPORT POOR BEHAVIOUR
Poor behaviour comes in many forms:
- It can be verbal, written, physical or emotional
- It can happen during play, on the sidelines, at training, in the clubhouse, outside the sporting arena or online
- Coaches, players, parents, spectators, officials or administrators can behave poorly and be victims of poor behaviour
Poor behaviour can look like:
- Undue pressure
- Taunting or sledging
- Poor sportsmanship
- Foul language
- Victimisation and more
We know there is a spectrum of poor behaviour and there are reporting options to match.
Ranging from monitor the situation to making an official complaint find out what your options are here.
SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES
We want to know about your football experiences, good and bad, and ideas to improve the culture within our game.
MENTAL HEALTH HELP IS AVAILABLE
If poor behaviour is impacting your mental health, consider talking to the services below.
RESOURCES FOR CLUBS
- How to build a culture of respect at your club
- Download marketing assets
- Sign up to the National Club Development Program