The FA and CFAs - Respect


Why we lead on Respect

Football is For ALL and should be enjoyed in a safe, fun and inclusive environment, where you and I can play our part.

Respect is an important value in life, not just football. Leading with Respect is important to our County FA and we want to ensure that the match day environments played here are memorable for the right reasons. It’s all about creating the best possible football experiences.

Across our county there are so many people who champion the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they have worked to make these behaviours a part of the game in their communities. We would like to unite the game in our county, by everyone championing Respect and coming together to positively impact one more or even many more.



There are a number of good practice guides and documents that will support those in the grassroots game to better understand how you can #PlayYourPart to engage with respect, and create player centered environments. These guides can be found at the bottom of this page but include;

  • Coaches good practice guides
  • Parent good practice guides
  • Referee good practice guides
  • FA Guide to Youth Football (Useable for Smart Phones)

We encourage you to download these guides, then help educate those around you to play their part.


The grassroots football season begun with a huge and refreshed push by The FA and Football Foundation on the Respect scheme to ensure that football – both on and off the pitch – continues to be enjoyable, inclusive and a positive experience For All.

To support this; Clubs, leagues and schools are able to apply for a voucher from the Football Foundation which offers a 50% discount on a number of respect resources, including banners, attention boards and barriers.

This offer is only available for a limited time only, so we encourage you to act fast to avoid disappointment. Please click here to get for 50% discount voucher now!


Following the recent postponement as part of the Leicestershire & Rutland Respect Week of Action, we have two re-scheduled respect eventes for the grassroots game to engage with. These are;

Sunday 18th March – Grassroots Respect Showcase Event

Working alongside The FA and local leagues, we will be delivering an event to showcase what we believe is the ideal player centred environment. This will include testing new Respect concepts and educating those in attendance on how they can play their part in helping young players fall in love with the game.

Clubs from around the county will be invited to the event, with the hope of sharing good practice and picking up new ways in which they can improve the playing environment back at their clubs.

This exciting event will be taking place at the counties recently announced FA Respect “champion” site, Judgemeadow Community College, between 9am – 2pm, and will run alongside the grassroots youth fixtures that are scheduled to be taking place at the College on the day.

Respect Showcase Match (date tbc)

The Leicestershire Midweek Floodlit Youth League, will have a respect focus, which will educate and promote respect interventions. The date and venue are to be confirmed.

Respect Pledge
Football is For ALL and should be enjoyed in a safe, fun and inclusive environment

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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Leicestershire County FA 

Call: 0116 286 7828



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