Know your rights in football

• You have the right to feel safe on and offline;
• You have the right to healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries;
• You have the right not to be bullied, harassed or intimidated;
• You have the right not to feel uncomfortable or unsafe;
• You have the right not to be discriminated against because of your age, gender, gender reassignment, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, faith, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity.

  • Tell an adult you trust at home, school or college or at football;
  • E-mail, or speak to a Designated Safeguarding Officer;
  • Contact the NSPCC for free 0808 800 5000 or Childline 0800 1111

or visit their website for more information;

  • If someone is in immediate danger dial 999 to speak to the Police;
  • Set up privacy settings for your online profiles;
  • Report inappropriate online behaviour to CEOP.



Childline: Helpline: 0800 1111




Helpline is open 24 hrs a day: 116 123 Stonewall:

Stonewall Youth:



Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials

Play your part and support The FA’s Code of Respect:

On and off the field, I will:

  • Always show respect to everyone involved in the game
  • Stick to the rules and celebrate the spirit of the game
  • Encourage fair play and high standards of behaviour
  • Always respect the Referee and encourage players to do the same
  • Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission
  • Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive behaviour
  • Be aware of the potential impact of bad language on others
  • Be gracious in victory and defeat
  • Respect the facilities home and away

When working with players, I will:

  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything
  • Never tolerate any form of bullying
  • Ensure all activities are suited for the players’ ability and age
  • Work with others (e.g. officials, doctors, welfare officers, physiotherapists) for each player’s best interests

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may be:

  • Required to meet with the club or league Welfare officer or your CFA Designated Safeguarding Officer (050).
  • Suspended by the club from attending matches
  • Suspended or fined by the County FA
  • Required to leave, lose my position and/or have my license withdrawn