EFL Code of Conduct

Forest Hill Football Club fully supports the EFL Code of Conduct. Our aim is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment to play football. In doing so it is important that we respect our team mates, coaches, opponents and the umpires.


  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, discuss the matter with your coach.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, or provoking an opponent is not acceptable.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or for your team. Your team's performance will benefit so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they be by your team, opponent or the other team.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Play for the "fun of it" and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Avoid using derogatory language.



  • Be reasonable in your demands on players' time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players, the "just average" players need and deserve equal time.
  • Remember that players participate for fun and enjoyment.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
  • Take into consideration the maturity level of the players, when scheduling and determining the length of practice times and competition.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Keep yourself informed of the sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of players.
  • Create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well basic skills.
  • Ensure that skill learning and appropriate sports behaviour have priority over highly structured competitions for young players.
  • Help players understand the responsibilities and implications of their freedom to choose between fair and unfair play.



  • Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in.
  • Sports are made available to all players, regardless of ability, size, shape, sex (for females under 14), age, disability or ethnic origin.
  • Ensure that rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules take into consideration the age, ability and maturity level of participating players.
  • Ensure that adequate supervision is provided by qualified and competent coaches and officials capable of developing appropriate sports behaviour and skill technique.
  • Remember that players participate for enjoyment and play down the importance of rewards.
  • Provide clinics aimed at improving the standards of coaching and officiating, with an emphasis on appropriate behaviour and skill technique.
  • Ensure that parents, coaches, sponsors, physicians and participants understand their responsibilities regarding fair play.
  • Modify rules and regulations to match the skill level of players and their needs.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
  • Publicly encourage rule changes which will reinforce the principles of participation for fun and enjoyment.
  • Ensure that your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sporting behaviour.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound officiating principles and the principles of growth and development of players.



  • Encourage players to participate, if they are interested.
  • Encourage players to always participate according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing the game.
  • Remember that players learn best from example. Applaud good plays by all teams.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official's judgment and honesty in public.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches.
  • Remember that children play organised sports for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment to spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Encourage players to follow the rules and the officials' decisions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing other players, coaches or officials.


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