SIFC Code of Conduct

All Club Members and Spectators

  • Operate within the rules and spirit of football and encourage to do the same.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to others involved with football. This includes, opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Never ridicule or scold a player  for making a mistake.
  • Remember that young people participate in football for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials, parents, players and others and sledging, distracting or provoking of players is not acceptable behaviour.
  • Above all avoid violence, should a situation arise, leave response to officials present, increasing the number of participants can only inflame the problem.
  • Adhere to Association, Council and Club policies and regulations, in particular those governing alcohol, litter, noise and dogs.
  • Encourage all others to also follow this code of conduct.


  • Aside from injury, each junior player should be on the field for at least half the game time. All players deserve equal playing and training time, regardless of their ability.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Any physical contact with a young player should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for their development.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age, maturity and ability of all players.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Young players should be rotated throughout positions. It is important that all players receive the opportunity to learn the varied positions.
  • Young players should be spoken to in an appropriate manner.  Players should not be yelled at or ridiculed, or spoken to in a demeaning manner.
  • Coaches will ensure that players are involved in a positive environment and that the game and training is a positive experience.
  • Coaches will encourage all players to play within the laws of the game.
  • Coaches will not engage in the use of crude, foul or abusive language that may be determined offensive .


  • Players should never argue with referees. If you disagree with a decision, speak to a club official .
  • Work for your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
  • Be a good sport; applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please your parents and coaches.
  • Play by the rules of the game .
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials , other players or provoking an opponent is not acceptable.
  •  Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with , bully or take unfair advantage of another player
  • Play for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.
  •  Avoid using derogatory language
  •  Be prepared to take responsibility for your actions. 


  • Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing, positive comments help motivate young players.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate in football.
  • Encourage your children to participate for their own interest and enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage children to play by the rules.
  • Set a good example by your own conduct.
  • Do not criticise children in front of others.
  • Show respect to the referees.