Why football needs Respect
The FA is responding to concern from grassroots football to tackle unacceptable behaviour in football.
The plea was contained the biggest survey yet undertaken of the grassroots game in England. This pinpointed eradicating unacceptable behaviour as the No.1 priority. It was an opinion shared by everyone in the game – players, league and club officials, referees and spectators.
The FA is responding in a variety of ways, and one of the main actions is the Respect programme. It is not a short-lived campaign but on ongoing commitment to improve behaviour in football. It won’t be tackled in one or two seasons as we all have a lot of work to do over the years ahead.
One of the main aims of Respect is to tackle the mass drop-out of referees from football due to abuse. Thousands of referees drop out of the game every season, mainly due to the abuse they receive on the pitch and from the sidelines. The number of match officials in 2008 hit its lowest-ever level.
Without referees the game simply cannot be played properly.
The documents at left and much more information can be found on The FA website's Respect page. To save us duplicating, visit it yourself at www.theFA.com/RESPECT.