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2 RESPECT CAMPAIGN Granville District Referees Association 1st July, R. Baker1

3 2 Respect Campaign Respect is aimed at helping us all, players, coaches, referees, spectators, to work together to change the negative attitudes and abusive behaviour on the side-lines and on the field of play Respect is aimed at helping us all, players, coaches, referees, spectators, to work together to change the negative attitudes and abusive behaviour on the side-lines and on the field of play It is not just about football at your level. It’s about football at every level, Juniors, Youth, Seniors Men's & Women’s It is not just about football at your level. It’s about football at every level, Juniors, Youth, Seniors Men's & Women’s

4 1st July, R. Baker3 Respect Campaign Why football needs Respect? Why football needs Respect? What is Respect? What is Respect? How will Respect work in practice? How will Respect work in practice? The 4 steps to Respect The 4 steps to Respect

5 1st July, R. Baker4 Respect Campaign Why football needs Respect: Football Federation Australia, Football NSW, GDSFA & GDSRA is responding to the growing concern from all levels of football to tackle the unacceptable behaviour in today's game. Respect also aims to tackle the growing shortage of referees from football due to abuse. Sound fair enough?

6 1st July, R. Baker5 Respect Campaign What is Respect: Respect is a continuous GDSRA & GDSFA campaign aimed at creating an enjoyable playing environment that allows people to play, officiate, and watch football without being abused, mocked, insulted, jeered, physically assaulted, & unnecessarily criticised.

7 1st July, R. Baker6 Respect Campaign What is Respect: So why does it happen week-in, week-out at games all over the state? For lots of reasons - people get caught up in the emotion of the match and forget: People react better to encouragement than criticism People react better to encouragement than criticism Everyone's doing their best - whether a referee, coach, manager, player or spectator Everyone's doing their best - whether a referee, coach, manager, player or spectator What is needed is for everyone to take responsibility for their individual actions - verbal or physical and abide by Football’s Code of Conduct What is needed is for everyone to take responsibility for their individual actions - verbal or physical and abide by Football’s Code of Conduct

8 1st July, R. Baker7 Respect Campaign How will Respect work in practice: The Respect campaign includes 4 practical steps to improve behaviour on the field and on the side lines The Respect campaign includes 4 practical steps to improve behaviour on the field and on the side lines These practical steps will help tackle different behavioural issues in both youth football and adult football These practical steps will help tackle different behavioural issues in both youth football and adult football Each level of the game has it’s own Code of Conduct which explains what actions can be taken if the code is broken Each level of the game has it’s own Code of Conduct which explains what actions can be taken if the code is broken Clearly, the professional game has a big role to play in demonstrating Respect towards match officials and the game in general Clearly, the professional game has a big role to play in demonstrating Respect towards match officials and the game in general

9 1st July, R. Baker8 Respect Campaign How will Respect work in practice … Pre match: Referees are expected to conduct a pre match briefing with both team captains and managers to inform them on what he expects in terms of game management. Prior to the KO, match officials will lead both teams onto the FOP, they will then line up and then undertake the team handshake process

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13 1st July, R. Baker12 Respect Campaign The 4 steps to Respect: 1. Referee managing the game 2. Captain taking responsibility 3. Designated Spectators area (Don’t X the line) 4. Managing behaviour in the technical area

14 1st July, R. Baker13 Respect Campaign Referee managing the game: As the referee, you are expected to work with the team captain to manage the players and the game effectively. You must control the game by applying the LOTG and deal firmly with any open show of dissent by players. (e.g. Do not move away from the incident, but stay and deal with it). While recognising that players may on occasions make an appeal for a decision (e.g. FK, CK, TI, or a GK) it is important you distinguish these appeals from an act of dissent which should be punished with a yellow card

15 1st July, R. Baker14 Respect Campaign Referee managing the game: You should use the stepped approach where appropriate (Road Block method) to managing players Free Kick Free Kick Free Kick with a quiet word Free Kick with a quiet word Free Kick with a Public admonishment (good time for the referee to consider using the captain to more visibly get the message across) Free Kick with a Public admonishment (good time for the referee to consider using the captain to more visibly get the message across) Issue a Yellow Card Issue a Yellow Card Issue a Red Card Issue a Red Card

16 1st July, R. Baker15 Respect Campaign Referee managing the game: The stepped approach does not negate the fact that as the referee, you have the authority within the LOTG to issue disciplinary sanctions without recourse to the captain(s), including issuing a Yellow or Red card where the laws require it. Even if the captain is some distance from the incident, but you feel you need him/her in a discussion with the player, you should call the captain over. This will ensure the captain remains your point of contact during the game. These guidelines should be seen as an additional preventative/supportive tool for referees to manage games effectively. The key is to use the captains in a more visible way where appropriate.

17 1st July, R. Baker16 Respect Campaign Captain Taking Responsibility: Often problems start at games when individual players are abusive towards referees, which then often escalates into several players confronting the referee at the same time. Respect aims to stop this cycle before it starts. Only the captain may approach the referee to clarify the decision, and it is then he that needs to manage his/her players in order for them not to confront the referee.

18 1st July, R. Baker17 Respect Campaign Captain Taking Responsibility: Captain’s should be informed before the start of the game, that as captain of his/her team they have no special status or privileges under the LOTG, but they do have a degree of responsibility for the behaviour of their team. To promote Respect I as the referee will work with you, as the team captain, to manage the players and the game effectively.

19 1st July, R. Baker18 Respect Campaign Designated Spectator's Area: Don’t X the Line initiative is a program that will be run out to all junior clubs, one of the key elements of the Respect campaign is the creation of a designated area for spectators. This area will be a physical barrier which will start 2 metres from the touchline and run the length of the touchline on one side of the field, this means that no one should be watching from behind the goals. The other side of the field is for both team coaches to stand and give instruction.

20 1st July, R. Baker19 Respect Campaign Managing the technical area: Occupants of the technical area must behave in a reasonable manner. If the coach or any other person in the TA is negative or abusive towards you, then this will have the same effect on players behaviour towards you, this is unacceptable and should be dealt with. All team officials are reminded of their role in the promotion of Respect towards the referee and their code of conduct.

21 1st July, R. Baker20 Respect Campaign Your Role in Respect … Captains: An important part of Respect is the need for captains like you to work alongside referees to ensure a better playing atmosphere between players and officials. Given you as captain, are the main point of contact for the referee under the Respect campaign, it’s important you understand what the referees have been asked to do:

22 1st July, R. Baker21 Respect Campaign Your Role in Respect … Captains: The referee has been asked to work with you to manage the players and the game effectively. However the referee must control the game by applying the LOTG. This includes dealing firmly with any open show of dissent. The type of behaviour which often gives rise to problems and where captains and referees need to work together, can be described as “harassment” and “challenging behaviour” towards the referee. Here’s some examples of each:

23 1st July, R. Baker22 Respect Campaign Harassment: Running towards the referee in an aggressive manner Running towards the referee in an aggressive manner Players surrounding the referee to protest a decision Players surrounding the referee to protest a decision Repeatedly moaning to the referees about decisions Repeatedly moaning to the referees about decisions

24 1st July, R. Baker23 Respect Campaign Challenging: Passing comment to other players about the referee’s decision making Passing comment to other players about the referee’s decision making Making gestures that obviously are made in a derogatory manner, such as a shaking of the head or waving the hand, etc Making gestures that obviously are made in a derogatory manner, such as a shaking of the head or waving the hand, etc Repeatedly asking questions about decisions in an attempt to influence the referee or undermine his/her responsibilities Repeatedly asking questions about decisions in an attempt to influence the referee or undermine his/her responsibilities

25 1st July, R. Baker24 Respect Campaign Your Role in Respect … Players: Whether you’re in the starting eleven or on the bench, your role as a player is crucial to the success of the Respect campaign. On match day, you’ll be expected to work with your coach and your captain to allow the referee to manage the game without being the subject of abuse by you. Remember you have signed a code of conduct at your club a “promise” to abide by the rules

26 1st July, R. Baker25 Respect Campaign Your Role in Respect … Coaches: Coaches have a hugely important role to play in Respect, as they are not only responsible for their own behaviour, but they can also influence that of their players and spectators too. On match days, you’ll be expected to work with your players, parents and other spectators to allow the referee to manage the game without being the subject of abuse

27 1st July, R. Baker26 Respect Campaign Your Role in Respect … Parents & Spectators: Parents have a big responsibility as part of the Respect campaign. Respect is working to eradicate touchline abuse in football. And parents can play their part by agreeing to, and signing, their club’s Code of Conduct and abiding by them throughout the season. Parents also have the responsibility for their children’s behaviour. Players will also be asked to sign the Code of Conduct, and parents can encourage their children to adhere to the players code.

28 1st July, R. Baker27 Respect Campaign Your Role in Respect … Referees: The Respect campaign aims to allow referees to officiate matches without being subjected to abuse by players, coaches or spectators. The referees themselves have a key part to play in the process. Working in partnership with GDSRA & GDSFA, referees can provide post match feedback regarding the positive and negative behaviour of the players, parents, coaches and other spectators of the clubs that they officiate at, this will help not only GDSRA & GDSFA but also the Club enforce the appropriate Codes of Conduct

29 1st July, R. Baker28 Respect Campaign Your Role in Respect … Referees: Are also reminded that Respect is a two way street, whereby as match officials we need to Respect the roles of Players, Coaches & Club Officials and treat them the same way as you would liked to be treated.

30 1st July, R. Baker29 Respect Campaign Showing proper Respect to your fellow officials and the participants prior to the kick – off is essential to laying the foundation for a game to be played in a sporting manner. Arriving at the field in good time, appearing fit, clean and well groomed in a proper uniform, inspecting the field and informing the team officials of any deficiencies shows that you are “on the job” and care about the game = Respect. If you have official assistants, talking to them and making them feel at ease can help create a positive environment at the benches, it also shows that you Respect their presence and role in the game. Introducing yourself and your team to the team officials in a courteous and forthright manner opens the lines of communication (especially if you have not officiated with their teams before). All of these points show that you have Respect for everyone participating in the game including yourself. How can you expect others to Respect you if by your appearance and actions you seem not to Respect yourself.

31 1st July, R. Baker30 Respect Campaign On average, 7,000 referees quit English football every year because of the abuse they receive from players and from the sidelines. Lots of children also pack it in because of the attitude and actions of over-enthusiastic and pushy parents. We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game - both on the pitch and on the sidelines. Play your part and observe the following Respect Code of Conduct for Match Officials at all times.

32 1st July, R. Baker31 Respect Campaign Officials Respect Code of Conduct Be honest and completely impartial at all times, irrespective of the teams, players or team officials involved in the match Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct Not tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials Support my match official colleagues at all times Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game Communicate with the players and encourage fair play Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains Prepare physically and mentally for every match Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games which I officiate

33 1st July, R. Baker32 Respect Campaign Respect affects the entire game, and needs your help, regardless of how you are involved in football. PLAYERS Whether you're in the starting eleven or on the bench, your role as a player is crucial to the success of the Respect Campaign On a match day, you'll be expected to work with your coaches and your captain to allow the referee to manage the game without being subjected to abuse. With the game losing many referees from the game every year, it's hugely important, because without the referees, the game isn't the same. Working together with your coach, your captain, and each referee that takes charge of your games during the season, you can play a major role in improving the game for everyone, through Respect and by promising to abide by a set of rules governing your behaviour as a player. TEAM CAPTAINS Together with your opposition captain, make yourself known to the referee before the game. He/she will ask if you are clear about your responsibilities. Ensure all your players understand what they can/cannot do in relation to the referee and what is meant by 'unwanted behaviour'. No-one's trying to curb enthusiasm - just instil more discipline. This can only benefit your match - and football as a whole.

34 1st July, R. Baker33 Respect Campaign Respect affects the entire game, and needs your help, regardless of how you are involved in football. COACHES Coaches have a hugely important role to play in Respect, as they are not only responsible for their own behaviour, but they can also influence that of their players and spectators, too. On a match day, you'll be expected to work with your players, parents and other spectators to allow the referee to manage the game without being subjected to abuse. REFEREES The Respect program aims to allow Referees to officiate matches without being subjected to abuse by players, coaches or spectators - and the referees themselves have a key part to play in the process. Working in partnership with the clubs they officiate, referees can provide post-match feedback regarding the behaviour of players, parents, coaches and other spectators, to help the clubs enforce their Codes of Conduct.

35 1st July, R. Baker34 Respect Campaign Respect affects the entire game, and needs your help, regardless of how you are involved in football. PARENTS AND SPECTATORS Parents have a big responsibility as part of the Respect Campaign Respect is working to eradicate touchline abuse in football, and parents can play their part by agreeing to, and signing, their club's Code of Conduct and abiding by them throughout the season. Parents also have a responsibility for their children's behaviour. The players will also be asked to sign a Code of Conduct, and parents can encourage their children to adhere to the players' code. CLUB AND FOOTBALL BODY OFFICIALS The Respect Campaign relies on clubs and leagues to take active steps to ensure high standards of conduct throughout their club or football body. Football bodies can champion the Respect Campaign, and communicate the importance of Respect to their member clubs through meetings and bulletins. Club officials can sign up to and enforce Codes of Conduct for their players, coaches, parents and spectators, which will set the standard for behaviour throughout their club.

36 1st July, R. Baker35 Respect Campaign Respect affects the entire game, and needs your help, regardless of how you are involved in football. EVERYBODY The No.1 priority for grassroots players is having a referee for their matches. You have a vital role in helping to achieve this and showing RESPECT. Clearly, the professional game also has a big role to play in demonstrating Respect towards match officials and in general. Clearly, the professional game also has a big role to play in demonstrating Respect towards match officials and in general.


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