Sportsmanship: ethical and moral creeds


  • Treats own players, parents, and opponents with respect.
  • Teaches and inspires soccer players to love the game and to compete fairly.
  • Demonstrates by example the type of person he/she wants the players to be.
  • Has control and commands discipline at all times.
  • Respects the interpretation of rules and judgment of the officials.
  • Realizes that as a coach he/she is a teacher and therefore understands the game and proper soccer behavior at all times.


  • Treats opponents with respect.
  • Plays hard plays within the rules of the game of soccer.
  • Demonstrates self control.
  • Demonstrates respect for officials and will accept their decisions without gesture or argument.
  • Wins without boasting, loses without excuses and never quits.
  • Remembers that it is a privilege to represent his/her soccer club and community.


  • Knows the rules and understands the game.
  • Places health and welfare of the players above all other considerations.
  • Treats players and coaches courteously and demands the same from them.
  • Works cooperatively with fellow referees and linesmen.
  • Is fair and firm in all decisions on the field.
  • Maintains confidence, poise and self-control from start to finish of the game.
  • Will be firm in regards to rough play — calling it earlier and easier will prevent difficulties.

Coaches Code of Conduct

I will:

  • Remember that we are all here for the “Good of the Game”, and that we participate in the “Spirit of Fair Play”.
  • Continually communicate with parents to advance the sport.
  • Treat all players, parents, opponents and referees with respect and courtesy at all times.
  • Teach each player, by personal example to be humble in victory and courteous in defeat.
  • Learn the Laws of the Game of soccer, respect and abide by them.
  • Teach the Laws of the Game and sportsmanship to my players.
  • Respect the game officials at all times, and require the same of my players.
  • Remain calm and not make loud or offensive remarks.
  • Teach and practice good sportsmanship and fair play.
  • Ensure that I and all players control emotions and avoid actions, language, or gestures that may be interpreted as hostile or humiliating.
  • Ensure that fans are taught sportsmanship and to control their behavior before, during and after games.
  • Assist the game officials in maintaining control of spectators during the games.
  • Attend coaching clinics and learn the most effective ways to conduct practices.
  • Teach players the skills necessary to develop in the sport.
  • During the games, leave the decisions to the players.
  • Observe the game, analyze and teach to reduce mistakes or enhance skills.
  • Promote the concept that soccer is a game, and that players and coaches on other teams are opponents, and not enemies.
  • Provide an environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
  • Review and practice first aid principals to administer the injuries of my players.
  • Ensure my assistant coaches, players, and I are all properly registered participants.
  • Play the game and encourage parents to play and to referee.