The FA and CFAs - Respect



The FA’s National Respect campaign was launched during the 2008/09 season following a build-up of behavioural problems in the National Game.

This has naturally filtered down to the County FAs across the Country when addressing issues of behaviours displayed in Grassroots Football. The “We Only Do Positive” campaign is rooted in extensive research carried out in 2017/18 to understand more clearly the effect of negative behaviour on Under 7s - Under 18s and where Respect interventions would be most effective.

At Nottinghamshire FA, alongside standardised codes of conducts for Coaches, Spectators and Players (which should already have been adopted by Clubs), we are rolling out a new deliverable initiative alongside the formation of our Respect Working Group for the 2022/23 season – being broadly named the “Nottinghamshire FA Respect Hub”:


Respect Hub Workflow

The deliverable Respect Workshop, available both as an online or in-person session (dependant on requirements) has 3 key identifiers, as outlined above. If one or more of these identifiers are met, Nottinghamshire FA will be in contact with Clubs or individuals to arrange and enrol them onto the necessary Respect course (there are two: one based on Clubs, one based on Individuals).

It is important for Clubs to note that throughout the season, there are several thresholds they could meet through poor discipline that would trigger an E20 charge and put them on the County FA’s radar for mandating a session. An overview of threshold sanctions for Clubs and Teams can be found HERE


Put simply, at Nottinghamshire FA we hope to ensure that Grassroots Football across the County at all levels and ages is fun, safe and an all-around positive experience for all participants. If you have any questions regarding Respect in Nottinghamshire, please email


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Within your club you will have a Welfare officer, you can gain his or her details from your club secretary (if you’re not aware who this is). Please speak to them ASAP after the incident and they will be able to action the next steps, depending on the seriousness of the incident.

Someone who promotes all the behaviours (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership). This could be someone within a club or league and is not a formal role. Why not have more than one!

Yes, there is a Respect equipment scheme which the FA delivers in partnership with the Football Foundation. You can visit by clicking here.

Your County FA would love to hear some positive work being carried out for Respect. If your County FA is on social media, simply use their handle and engage using #ForRespect. Share your message and a picture. Please note, if you are taking pictures of children and using for social media, consent will need to be given by the child’s parent/guardian/carer.

Please contact the Respect Champion or County Welfare officer at your County FA. They would be happy to hear your ideas and can provide you with some constructive feedback.

Everyone is responsible and should play their part in creating safe, fun and inclusive environments. No matter what your role is, let’s work together to unite the game.

Yes, absolutely. County FAs are happy to work with individuals/groups that wish to champion Respect. Please send details of your workshop to your Respect contact.

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