Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone in football to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place.

The FA is responding to concern from across the game to tackle unacceptable behaviour in football. The FA is taking action in a variety of ways, and one of the main actions is the Respect programme. It is not a short-lived campaign but on ongoing commitment to improve behaviour in football. It won’t be tackled in the short term as we all have a lot of work to do over the seasons ahead.

Leagues are the foundation stone for football in England and provide the organisation which allows thousands of teams to play our great game. The Respect programme will assist leagues in a practical way by improving the quality and enjoyment of games and signposting to clubs, players and referees those leagues where the game is more likely to be fair, safe and enjoyable.

A commitment to the Respect programme should lead to;

Teams and players being attracted to Respect Leagues.

Enhanced retention of existing clubs

An enhanced and less hostile environment in which the game can take place

Better behaved players and spectators

More Referees

An enhanced reputation for local football


The attached guide gives more information on how Leagues can get involved and promote the FA RESPECT programme. If you require further information, please contact Sean Dipple, RESPECT Lead Officer, or 01743 362769.