Code of Conduct for Coaches & Managers

  • Enthusiastically support and practice the “Everyone Plays”, “Good Sportsmanship” and “Positive Coaching” philosophies of the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation.
  • All Players, regardless of ability, deserve equal consideration when selecting your team each week.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on a young player’s time, energy, enthusiasm and performance on the field.
  • Impress on your players that they must abide by the Laws of the Game at all times.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.
  • Ensure that your players’ soccer experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only a part of it). Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game.
  • Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Children need a coach they can respect.
  • Check your equipment and facilities. They should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your players.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.

Code of Conduct for Parents

As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters.

Through your encouragement and good example, you can help ensure that all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In NSW Amateur Soccer Federation, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat – all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.

Support Your Child

  • Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important.
  • Help your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory – that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game and set them up for a successful life.

Always Be Positive

  • Parents serve as role models for their children. Become aware of this and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child’s team as well as good plays by the opposing team.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports activities.
  • Remember That Your Child Wants to Have Fun. Remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It’s very important to let children establish their own goals – to play the game for themselves.
  • Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on them. Don’t put too heavy burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72% of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winning team. Children play for the fun of playing.

Reinforce Positive Behavior

Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If  your child does make one , remember its all part of learning, so encourage your child’s efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.

Don’t Be a Sideline Coach or Ref

Coaches and referees are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child’s youth soccer experience a positive one . They need your support too. That means refraining from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. As a volunteer organisation, there’s usually always an opportunity for you to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself.

Some Do’s & Dont’s

  1. Don’t talk about the coach and team manager with the other parents. If you have any issues please approach them directly and work out any issues together.
  2. Please be on time to all training and games. It helps the coaching staff to develop the team when all players are ready to go at the scheduled times.
  3. Be active in supporting the coaching staff when it comes to disciplining your child.  At times the team’s enthusiasm can become overwhelming. Whilst that comes with the territory your unique role as a parent can be an important tool to help manage harmony and discipline within the team.

Code of Conduct for Players

  • Play for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach.
  • Play by the Laws of the Game.
  • Never argue with or complain about referees’ calls or decisions.
  • Control your temper. Most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel  you have been wronged.
  • Concentrate on playing soccer with your best efforts. Work equally hard for your team as for yourself.
  • Be a good sport by cheering all good plays, whether it’s your team or your opponent’s
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated.
  • Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. Don’t be a show-off or a ball hog.
  • Co-operate with your coaches, team mates, opponents and the referee.