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We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.


Players tell us they want a referee for every match, yet thousands of match officials drop out because of the abuse and intimidation they receive on and off the pitch. Respect your referee today and you may just get one for every match this season.


Play your part and observe The Football Association’s Respect Code of Conduct for players at all times. As a player of Worthing Town Football Club:

  • Adhere to the Laws of The Game.

  • Display and promote high standards of behaviour.

  • Promote Fair Play.

  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions.

  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials.

  • Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

  • Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment.

  • Speak to your team-mates, the opposition and your coach/manager with respect

  • Remember we all make mistakes.

  • Win or lose with dignity.

  • Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee at the end of every game.


Failure to follow the Code may result in the following actions being taken by Worthing Town Football Club, the Sussex County Football Association or The Football Association:

  • Be required to apologise to team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager.

  • Receive a warning from the coach/manager.

  • Receive a written warning from the Club Committee.

  • Be required to attend a Football Association education course.

  • Be dropped or substituted.

  • Be suspended from training.

  • Not be selected for the team.

  • Be required to serve a suspension.

  • Be fined.

  • Required to leave Worthing Town Football Club.


In addition:

  • The Football Association/Sussex County Football Association could impose a fine and/or suspension against Worthing Town Football Club.

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