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The Respect programme was launched at the start of the 2008/09 season. Its original objectives were;

  • To recruit and retain enough referees for the demands of the game at every level.
  • To reduce the number of  assaults on referees
  • To achieve an improvement in on- field player discipline particularly in the area of dissent to referees
  • To manage a step change in youth football as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour from parents and spectators. (click here for parents & spectators online guide)

There is and will remain to be plenty of work to do but there are some positives to report - so please challenge the sceptics!

  • In 2007 there were 22900 referees in 2017 there are now an anticipated over 28000. The biggest challenge is retaining a group of predominately young referee’s in the game. Over 25 % (> 8,000) are in the age range 14 – 19.
  • After 9 seasons of RESPECT all dissent cautions are down, all cautions are down, all dismissals are down and all misconduct is down. Based on discipline figures for 2016/17 improper conduct has reduced. 
  • Within the top 16 leagues of professional and semi-professional football all cautions are down by 30%. Of the 112 leagues using Full Time 148,000 reports were received and behaviour marks were 4.6 out of 5, enjoyment was 4.4 out of 5.
  • Since the 2008/09 season in the professional and semi-professional game the number of dissent cautions has fallen as follows:
    Premier League = -48%
    Championship = -38%
    Football League 1 = -42%
    Football League 2 = -48%
  • There is widespread agreement that the environment of youth football has improved with widespread adoption of Codes of Conduct, Touchline Barriers, Pitch side Marshalls and Respect briefings for coaches and parents.
  • As part of the County FA Plan and Raising Standards of behaviour in grassroots football a Respect Education Workshop was produced for roll out to clubs in September 2014. This presentation includes education on respect, discipline, laws of the game, social media and equality and diversity. To date 45 Hampshire FA affiliated youth clubs have received this presentation and the feedback provided has indicated that the presentation was very useful. If clubs require this presentation please contact the County Welfare Officer, Ian Binks:
  • A new Respect barrier product which is more enforced substantial and robust is available via sportzhub, click here to view products. Grants to offset costs are still available through the current Football Foundation respect equipment scheme.
  • Following a successful trial in 2013/14 the Respect Steward initiative did commence at the beginning of the 2014/15 season for U7 and U8 age groups and will continue for the 2017/18 season to include U9, U10 and U11 age groups. A PowerPoint presentation is attached in the documentation below.

The FA Standard Code for Youth states “Prior to each match the participating teams and official(s) SHALL conduct the ‘Respect’ handshake and/or participating teams are to offer ‘three cheers’ and handshakes to the opposing team and official(s) after the match. It is the responsibility of both Clubs to ensure this Respect protocol is conducted prior to the match commencing and where required the Match Official should assist with direction and guidance as required."

Any questions concerning the Respect programme can be directed to the County Welfare Officer and Lead Respect Officer Ian Binks via email to 

New Resources - a number of new resources have been added to the documents below for use to include an updated generic Respect presentation produced for clubs who may wish to conduct a parents Respect evening and the Match Respect Steward presentation  for those clubs that facilitate U7, U8, U9, U10 & U11 football.

Update: Wearing of a Respect Captain’s Armband for Mini Soccer U7-U10

It has been brought to the attention of Hampshire FA through the Charter Standard Monitoring process that there is currently indifference with FA instruction and guidance in regard to (SCORY Rule 10 and the Respect League Guide for Clubs) concerning the wearing of Captains Armbands for Mini Soccer.

As per the Respect League Guidelines for Youth football which states individuals at age groups U7-U10 may not be mature enough to take on the Captain’s responsibility therefore it would be difficult to mandate the wearing of a Respect Armband for Captains of all age groups within Youth football.

As such, if a team Manager/Coach determines this is the case for his/her team players at age groups U7 through to U10 then consideration may be given NOT to wear a Respect Captain’s Armband accordingly. This situation has been unintentionally created and will be addressed by the FA in the 2017-18 via SCORY revision as well as Respect and Charter Standard criteria. Hampshire FA Charter Standard Monitors will be made aware of this Hampshire FA clarification.