A clear set of guidelines for team officials, players, parents, guardians and spectators.

The Club's Code of Conduct establishes a clear set of guidelines for team officials, players, parents, guardians and spectators. The primary goal is to help ensure that soccer if a fun, positive and enjoyable experience for all.

The Code of Conduct is based on the concept of fair play, defined by 4 basic principles:

  1. Respect for the rules
  2. Respect for the referees and their decisions
  3. Respect for all participants, including teammates, team officials and opponents
  4. Maintaining self-control at all times

It is a condition of club membership that all members follow the Code of Conduct at all times. Failure to comply with them will result in action from VanU FC.

Players Code of Conduct

As a player, you have a big part to play. The club asks every player to follow and respect the Code of Conduct. When playing soccer, players must:

  • Play by the rules of the game
  • Respect the referees and officials and to accept their decisions without criticism
  • Be fair to opponents and treat them well - without them there would be no game!
  • Encourage your teammates and help them to succeed
  • Treat your coach/manager/administrator with respect and listen to what he/she says
  • Speak respectfully, openly and honestly in private to your coach/manager should a dispute arise
  • Zero tolerance of profanity, temper tantrums, violent behaviour, drugs or alcohol
  • Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the match
  • Be generous when you win and gracious if you lose

Parents, Guardians & Spectators Code of Conduct

Set an example for your child. Good sportsmanship is not just for players and coaches.

  • Always respect the match officials' decisions. Never criticize the officials - nothing positive will result. Referees can have an offensive parent removed from the field, and if they refuse, the game may be forfeited to the opponent
  • Zero tolerance for offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour or physical threats
  • Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectator Area (where provided)
  • Avoid conflicts with other parents, guardians or spectators
  • Let the coaches coach. Avoid yelling out instructions from the sidelines that can be confusing and frustrating to the players
  • When cheering, try to cheer all the players and offer encouragement when they try something or succeed at something. Remember that children play for FUN
  • Communicate with your coach; if you have ideas or problems, talk privately with the coach
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials
  • Never criticize a player for making a mistake; mistakes are part of learning

Coaches Code of Conduct

  • Show respect to other involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers and spectators
  • Adhere to the Laws of the Game
  • Always respect the match officials' decisions
  • Zero tolerance for offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour or physical threats
  • Never enter the field of play without the referee's permission
  • Never engage in public criticism fo the match officials

When working with players, I will:

  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  • Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me
  • Ensure the parents/guardians of all players understand these expectations
  • Refrain from and refuse to tolerate any form of bullying
  • Develop mututal trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Ensure all activities I organize are appropriate for the players' ability level, experience, age and maturity
  • Teach players to act fairly and respect the rules, referees and opponents
  • Be selective in the amount of instruction I give players during the game
  • Be responsible for ensuring that substitute players, bench personnel and my team's spectators do not interfere with the match
  • Make sure that equipment/facilities are safe
  • Not ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or for performing poorly
  • Inform parents of any injuries their child might have suffered