Team Alliance: code of conduct

Tuesday, August 17
Code Of Conduct

Code of conduct for team officials and program members

 I.S.A have adopted the F.A’s Code of Conduct for Team Officials which is as follows:

This code applies to all team/club officials (all though some items may not apply to all officials)

Obligations towards the Game
The team official should:

1.Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

2. Promote and develop his own/her own team having regard to the interest of the players, supporters and reputation of the national game.

3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.
 4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.

5. Show due respect to match officials and others involved in the game.

6. Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicity expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations towards the Team
The team official should:

1.Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the program/team, and to obtain the best results for the team, using all permitted means.

2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.

3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.

4. Promote ethical principles.

5. Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own club/team and others.Obligations towards the Supporters
The team official should:

1.Show due respect for the interests of supporters.Respect towards the Match Officials
A team official should:

1.Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest

2.Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.Players code of conduct

1. Players will always show respect to foreign nationals in the team.
2. Players will have a good attitude at training and matches at all times.
3. Players will turn up for training and matches on time.
4. Players will show good sportsmanship and respect at all times.
5. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
6. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play.
7. Players will shake hands with opponents after the game.
8. No jewellery is to be worn by players during training or a game.
9. Players will always wear the correct kit.
10. Club kit is only to be worn for matches.
11. Players shirts are to be tucked in whilst playing a match.
12. Football boots must be clean and in good condition.
13. Players must wear shin pads during training and matches.
14. No eating or chewing during training or matches.
15. No swearing or fighting on or off the field.
16. No abuse or racial remarks shall be made towards any other player, official or supporter.
17. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
18. Respect the wishes of your manager and coach.
19. Inform the manager or coach when you have an injury.

Parents and Supporters code of conduct

1. Parents and supporters shall be courteous and respectful to all foreign nationals.
2. Ensure that your child arrives and is collected on time.
3. Display good sportsmanship at all times and avoid all forms of gamesmanship, promote Fair Play at all times.
4. Stand well back when watching matches - behind the line, respecting the job of the linesman.
5. Do not put unnecessary pressure on your child especially in matches.
6. Do not put pressure on any child.
7. Always encourage your child, never be negative.
8. Only discuss your concerns about training or matches with the team manager in private.
9. Inform the manager if there has been a change in your child's medical condition immediately.
10. Respect the referee’s decision at all times.
11. Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.
12. Avoid coaching during the game unless asked by your teams manager as this is counter productive.
13. No swearing at any player, official or supporter.
14. No abuse or racial remarks are to be made towards any player, official or supporter.
15. Ensure that suitable clothing and footwear is worn by your child.
16. Ensure that your child has water or soft drinks at training as well as for matches.
17. Pay your training subs, match fees and annual fees on time, these are needed to pay the referee and the hire of the pitch.
18. Know the rules of the game, this will give you a better understanding of decisions that have been made by the officials.
19. Please stay behind the ropes during games at all times.

Managers and Coaches 

1. Always respect your players.
2. Always arrive on time.
3. Always have the correct equipment available.
4. Always have a First Aid kit available.
5. Be available to attend the appropriate training courses as advised by the director.
6. Show no favouritism towards players.
7. Display good sportsmanship and Fair Play at all times.
8. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
9. Always be honest with players, parents and guardians.
10. Any complaints regarding match officials should be passed onto the program Secretary/director and not dealt with by yourselves at any time.
10. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.
11. Show due respect for the interests of supporters both home and away.
12. Remember you are responsible for the behaviour of players, parents and supporters during training sessions and matches.
13. Encourage and praise the players at all times, never put unnecessary pressure on a player.
14. Know your players each have their own personalities and will respond differently.

Use of Images of children/young people under the age of 18


Child protection and best practice – Guidelines have been developed to provide clubs, leagues and County FA’s with advice and guidance on the use of images of children and young people and is integral to the work of The FA’s National Game Division. It is recommended that this is adopted by clubs, leagues and County FA’s and the Ten Golden Rules made available to as many people as possible. The whole policy document should be kept by the organisation’s administrators for future reference.

Any change to this guideline will be notified via The FA’s website and in any relevant publications. Please remember that the safety of children and young people should be paramount in all your activities and this has been designed to help you in this.

The Football Association is committed to providing a safe environment for children/young people under the age of 18. Implicit in this is the commitment to ensure that all publications, resources and media represent participants appropriately and with due respect. By adopting the points outlined in this guideline you will be putting in place the best possible practice to protect children and young people wherever photographs or recorded images are taken and stored.


The key concerns contained within this policy regarding the use of images of children/young people relate to:-

The possible identification of children when a photograph is accompanied by personal information.-

The inappropriate use, adaptation or copying of images for use on child pornography websites.-

The taking of inappropriate photographs or recorded images of youngsters.


There have been concerns about the risks posed directly and indirectly to children and young people through the use of photographs on sport web sites and other publications. Photographs can be used as a means of identifying children when they are accompanied with personal information, for example: “This is a member of the Any town Junior Football Club who likes Atomic Kitten”. This information can make a child vulnerable to an individual who may wish to start to “groom” that child for abuse. Secondly the content of the photo can be used or adapted for inappropriate use. There is evidence of this adapted material finding its way onto child pornography sites.


 All children featured in recordings must be appropriately dressed with outer clothing garments covering their torso from at least the bottom of their neck to their thighs, (i.e. a minimum of vest/shirt and shorts) but exceptions can be made if there is no other way to portray an important public event. Advice and permission will sort from parents and government agencies and football bodies’ prior to any photograph being included onto the program website or any other outlet. But recorded images made by outside agency`s i.e. newspapers, magazines, or TV recordings will remain the property of those agency`s of which the program has no control.-

The photograph should ideally focus on the activity. Where possible images of children/young people should be recorded in small groups (the group may comprise any combination of adults and children)-

 You should ensure that images of a young person, who is under a court order, are not recorded or published. Exception to this would be if permission be sort and gained from that child`s respective governing agency`s with an authorised signatory on that child`s consent form.-

 Any instances of the use of inappropriate images should be reported to The FA/NSPCC Helpline or the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)-

Club’s or organisation’s coaches and teachers should still be allowed to use video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid. However, footballers and their parents/carers should be aware that this is part of the coaching programme and care should be taken in the storing of such films.


If the child is named, avoid using their photograph.-

 If a photograph is used, avoid naming the young person or use their first name only. Personal details of children such as an email address, home address and telephone numbers should never be revealed on a website-

Ask for the child’s permission to use their image. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image is to be used to represent the sport. A Parent/Carer and Child Permission Form is the best way of achieving this and can be done at the beginning of the season (see Permission Form)
Ask for parental/carer permission to use an image of a young person.

This ensures that parents/carers are aware of the way the image of their child is representing the sport. A Parent/Carer and Child Permission Form is the best way of achieving this and can be done at the beginning of the season (see Permission Form)-

 In order to guard against the possibility of a young person under a court order appearing on a website, the simultaneous streaming of images onto a website is not recommended. Delayed streaming also provides an opportunity for the editing of inappropriate clips (e.g. disarranged clothing). If video/film clips are delivered from your own server that material can be downloaded. It is therefore recommended that you use an independent server so that material cannot be accessed, copied or downloaded-

Think about the level of consideration that you give to the use of images in all publications, for example the processes used in choosing photographs for a publicity brochure for the club. Apply an increased level of consideration to the images of youngsters used on websites. Simple technology features such as watermarking may dissuade third parties from using or attempting to access controlled imagery _ Try to take photographs that represent the broad range of youngsters participating safely in football.

  GUIDELINES FOR USE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC FILMING EQUIPMENT AT FOOTBALL EVENTS There is evidence that some people have used sporting events as an opportunity to take inappropriate photographs or film footage of young and disabled sportspeople. While this might be rare in football you still have a duty of care to young people to ensure that this risk is as small as possible. By taking some simple steps you will be reducing that risk.

If you are commissioning professional photographers or inviting the press to a football activity or event it is important to ensure they are clear about your expectations of them in relation to child protection.-

 Provide a clear brief about what is considered appropriate in terms of content and behaviour-

 Issue the photographer with identification, which must be worn at all times (see Event Registration Form)- Inform participants and parents that a photographer will be in attendance at an event and ensure they consent to both the taking and publication of films or photographs-

Do not allow unsupervised access to footballers or one to one photo sessions at events-

Do not approve/allow photo sessions outside the event or at a footballer’s home.Parents and spectators might also wish to take photographs or record their children participating at the event.-

 If parents or other spectators are intending to photograph or video at an event they should also be made aware of your expectations and program guidelines.-

parents and spectators should be required to register at an event if they wish to use photographic equipment (fill out program registration form) In addition:-

 Participants and parents should be informed that if they have concerns about inappropriate or intrusive photography these should be reported to the event organiser or official and recorded in the same manner as any other child protection concern.-

Event organisers should approach and challenge any person taking photographs who has not registered with them. They might need to refer to the local police force if this person continues to record images

SUMMARY Child protection is about putting in place the best possible practices and procedures; this will protect not only the child but also you, the adult, in football. If you have any comments on this guideline or require any further support or guidance relating to children and young people please contact The FA Child Protection Department. Guidelines issued by The FA Child Protection Department March 2003


1 All children must be appropriately dressed

2 Photography or recording should focus on the activity not on a particular young person

3 Images should focus on small groups rather than individuals

4 Images of a child who is under a court order should never be used unless authorised to do so.

5 If a young person is named avoid using their photograph

6 If a photograph is used avoid naming the person or use their first name only. Personal details should never be revealed

7 Makes sure parents/carers/young person have signed and returned the Parent/Carer and Young Person Permission Form

8 Use photographs that represent the broad range of youngsters participating in football

9 All people taking photographs or recording footage at a football event should register with the event organiser

10 All concerns regarding inappropriate or intrusive photography should be reported to the appropriate program staff

This side of the form should be completed by the club and then signed by the legal guardian (usually parent/carer) of a child or young person under the age of 18, together with the child or young person. It provides permission for images of the child/young person to be used. Please note that if you have more than one child under the age of 18 registered with the club you will need to complete a separate form for each young person.

The program (i.s.a) recognise the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all y oung people in football. As part of our commitment to ensure the safety of young people we will not permit photographs, video or other images of young people to be taken or used without the consent of the parents/carers and the young person.

The program (i.s.a)will follow the guidance for the use of images of children and young people, a copy of which is attached. (Ten Golden Rules).

The program (i.s.a)will take all steps to ensure these images are used solely for the purposes they are intended which is the promotion and celebration of the activities of The program (i.s.a)

If you become aware that these images are being used inappropriately you should inform The program (i.s.a) immediately.

Equity Policies

Anti Discrimination Policy For Program (i.s.a)

The program (i.s.a) is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout our team at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion.

 Equal opportunity at Program (i.s.a) means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. This includes:

The program (i.s.a) does not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment to anyone internal or external to the club or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

The Program (i.s.a) is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.

Equal Opportunities Policy for Program (i.s.a)

 The program (i.s.a) is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.

Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation less favourably than others.

Imposing on an individual requirement which is in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or gender to comply than others not of that race or gender.

Victimisation of an individual.

Harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination or any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in all the program`s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament ar e considered as objectively as possible.

The program (i.s.a) commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.

Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to resign forthwith, or be terminated by the director. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Program`s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure of the program.

The program (i.s.a) Child Protection Policy

The independent sporting alliance (i.s.a) have adopted a strict child protection policy which conforms to all state agencies in both the united kingdom and the united states of America and any contributing countries involved in the program.
The F.A./NSPCC Child Protection Help Line 0808 800 5000


The F.A Child Protection Procedures and Practices Handbook places a clear responsibility on Clubs to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

The purpose of this written policy is to inform all coaches about these responsibilities and to enable everyone to have a clear understanding of how they are to be carried out.

The program (i.s.a) follows the F.A Child Protection Procedures and Practises Handbook – guide to procedure and practise for F.A coaches and trainers.

(i.s.a) acknowledges that our Staff are particularly well placed to notice outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure to develop. We recognise the important role we have in early recognition of the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect and appropriate referral procedures.

The program (i.s.a) has adopted clear and sound policies on confidentiality and will maintain all written evidence about child prot ection issues in a secure place. It will provide accurate information for the F.A and Devon Social Services where appropriate, normally through a designated person.

The program (i.s.a) will provide training and annual refresher sessions for staff, through the “Train the Trainer “medium to ensure that their skills and expertise are up to date.

Key responsibilities of this role are to:

Ensure that the F.A. child protection procedures are followed within the Club.
Ensure that all staff are aware of these procedures.
Ensure that appropriate training and support is provided.
Decide whether to take further action about a particular concern.
Reports to the F.A/Social Services where appropriate over suspected cases of child abuse.

The program (i.s.a) Procedures

Any adult member of staff could be approached by a child needing help or guidance. Likewise any member of staff may be in a position to notice or be concerned about physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
If a member of staff is concerned about a child they must inform the designated person,unless the designated person is the cause of that concern. In which case they must inform the director or social services and the f.a.

Information regarding the concerns must be recorded by the member of staff on the same day. The recording must be a clear, precise, factual account of the observations and must be signed and dated. The designated person will decide whether the concerns should be referred to the F.A./Devon Social Services. Concerns will not be discussed with the parents before the designated person has consulted with the F.A. /Social Services.

When to be concerned

Staff should take note if any of the following are observed:

Any injury that is not typical of the bumps and scrapes normally associated with children’s activities.
Regular occurrence of unexplained injuries.
Confused or conflicting explanations of how injuries were sustained.
Significant changes in behaviour or attitude.
Sexual behaviour which is unusually explicit or inappropriate to the child’s age.
A recounting of an experience by a child in which they have been significantly harmed.

Dealing with a Disclosure

The following points give guidance on how staff should deal with disclosures made to them:

Do not promise confidentiality.
Explain who you will have to tell and why.
Listen to what is being said, without displaying shock or disbelief.
Accept what is being said.
Allow the child to talk freely, limit any questions to a minimum. Seek only to clarify and strictly avoid leading the child or adult who has made the approach by making suggestions or introducing your own ideas into what may have happened.

Never ask questions such as “did he/she do X to you?” Instead use a minimum number of questions of the “tell me what happened” type.
If it is an adult making the approach and it becomes clear that they are making a significant allegation concerning either abuse or neglect, you may feel it appropriate to stop them and refer to the designated person, unless he/she is the subject of the allegation to avoid repetition of the details.
Be especially careful to distinguish between fact and opinion. Note also any noticeable non-verbal behaviour.
Reassure the child that what has happened is not their fault.
Stress that the child has done the right thing by telling you.
Do not enter the child’s account by condemning or criticising the perpetrator.

If any member of the coaching staff or volunteers at any stage has concerns for their own safety, especially owing to having made a referral, they should immediately involve the designated person who will promptly involve the F.A, Devon Social Services, or if necessary the Police.

The F.A./NSPCC Child Protection Help Line 0808 800 5000