SUPER LEAGUE LAUNCHES RESPECT CAMPAIGN

The Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) has launched a RESPECT FOR ALL campaign ahead of the League’s 2018 season kick off on Saturday 9 June.

The idea for the RESPECT campaign was tabled by TTSL President Keith Look Loy at a meeting with the TTFA Referees Committee on 15 May. The Referees Committee supported he idea.

Central to the campaign is the RESPECT Code of Conduct, which will be circulated to and adopted by all TTSL member clubs.

SUPER LEAGUE RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT:

Football is for all and should be enjoyed in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.

Respect is an important value in life, not just football. Leading with Respect is important to our League and our country and we want to ensure that the match day environment is memorable for the right reasons. It’s all about creating the best possible football experience.

Across our county there are many people who champion the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they have worked to make these behaviours a part of the game in their communities.

We would like to unite the game in our county, by everyone championing Respect. We all have a part to play and we all bear a collective responsibility to set a good example and help provide a positive environment in which we can all enjoy the game. Play your part and observe the League’s RESPECT Code of Conduct:

SPECTATORS:

• Respect the Referee’s decisions even when you don’t agree with them
• Appreciate good play from whatever team it comes from
• Remain behind the touchline and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)
• Encourage the players to respect the opposition and referees
• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour

COACHES, TEAM MANAGERS AND CLUB OFFICIALS:

• Use your position to set a positive example for the people you are responsible for – players and supporters
• Show respect to others involved in the game, including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators
• Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game
• Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour
• Respect the match official’s decisions
• Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission
• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
• Be aware of the potential impact of bad language on other participants and supporters
• Be gracious in victory and in defeat

PLAYERS:

• Adhere to the Laws and spirit of The Game
• Pomote Fair Play
• Abide by the match officials’ decisions
• Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
• Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
• Be aware of the potential impact of bad language on other participants and supporters
• Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment
• Speak to your team-mates, the opposition and match officials with respect.
• Remember we all make mistakes.
• Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee before or at the end of every match.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

• Be honest and completely impartial at all times
• Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently
• Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner
• Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct
• Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behavior from players and team officials
• Support your match official colleagues at all times
• Set a positive personal example by promoting good behavior and showing respect to everyone involved in the game
• Communicate with the players and encourage fair play
• Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains
• Prepare physically and mentally for every match

Adapted from the English FA’s Respect Code of Conduct.

The Super League season begins on Saturday 9 June at 6.00PM in the Arima Velodrome with a match between FC Santa Rosa and Bethel United FC.

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