The FA and CFAs - Respect


Why We Lead

Respect is important for the health of the game in this country.

When successfully promoted leagues and clubs can recruit and retain more referees, players and teams by providing a more enjoyable playing environment.


Football is for all and should be enjoyed in a safe, fun and inclusive environment, where you and I can play our part.

Respect is an important value in life, not just football. Leading with Respect is important to us and we want to ensure the matchday environments played here are memorable for the right reasons. It’s all about creating the best possible football experiences.

Across Essex there are many people who champion the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they've worked to make these a part of the game in their communities. We'd like to unite the game by everyone promoting Respect and coming together to positively impact one more, or even many more.

Within your club you will have a welfare officer. You can gain his or her details from your club secretary (if you’re not already aware who this is). Please speak to them as soon as possible after the incident and they will be able to action the next steps, depending on the seriousness of the incident.

Someone who promotes all the behaviours (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership). This could be someone within a club or league and is not a formal role. Why not have more than one!

Yes, there is a Respect equipment scheme which The FA deliver in partnership with the Football Foundation. You can find out more by clicking here.

We would love to hear some positive work being carried out for Respect. Simply use our Twitter handle (@EssexCountyFA) and engage using the #ForRespect hashtag. Share your message and a picture. Please note, if you are taking pictures of children and using them for social media, consent will need to be given by the child’s parent/guardian/carer.

Please contact a Respect Champion or our County Welfare Officer. They would be happy to hear your ideas and can provide you with some constructive feedback.

Everyone is responsible and should play their part in creating safe, fun and inclusive environments. No matter what your role is, let’s work together to unite the game.

Yes, absolutely. We are happy to work with individuals/groups who wish to champion Respect. Please send details of your workshop to your County Welfare Officer.