Code of Conduct for Managers, Coaches, Officials, Parents, Players and Spectators

This document sets out a Code of Conduct for all managers, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators involved at Milton Keynes City Football Club. Its objectives are to provide guidelines for expectation, standards of behaviour and commitment both on and off the pitch.

By signing the registration forms to join Milton Keynes City FC you have entered into an agreement with Milton Keynes City F.C to adhere to our codes of conducts and rules of the Club.

Table of Contents

  1. Code of Conduct for Football
  2. Code of Conduct for Managers, Coaches, Admins and Club Representatives
  3. Code of Conduct for Match Officials
  4. Code of Conduct for Parents and Supporters
  5. Code of Conduct for Players
  6. Code of Conduct for use of Social Media
  7. Actions taken for breach of Codes of Conduct
  8. Complaints

Code of Conduct for Football

Milton Keynes City Football Club seeks to operate in accordance with the Football Association Code of Conduct which states:

Football is the national game. All those involved with the game at every level and whether as a Player, Match Official, Coach, Owner or Administrator, have a responsibility, above and beyond compliance with the law, to act according to the highest standards of integrity, and to ensure that the reputation of the game is, and remains, high. This code applies to all those involved in football under the auspices of The Football Association.

Milton Keynes City Football Club,
at all levels, is a vital part of a community. Milton Keynes City Football Club will take into account community feeling when making decisions.

Equality Policy
Milton Keynes City Football Club is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote measures to prevent it, in whatever form, from being expressed.

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone who plays, coaches and watches football at Milton Keynes City Football Club is treated fairly and with Respect. The club is committed to encourage equal opportunities and to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of:

  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Ethnic Origin
  • Colour
  • Religion
  • Disability

The Executive Committee of the football club are responsible for setting the standards and values which apply throughout the club and are implemented on a day-to-day basis by managers, coaches, and volunteers. The club will provide access and opportunities for members of the local community subject of course to there being suitable vacancies available for new members to join the club. The Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual or group of individuals (whether they are members of the club or not). For the purposes of this policy these acts are regarded as discrimination. This policy will reflect the appropriate and currently applicable legislation which all members and visitors are required to abide by to include race relations, gender, and disability discrimination legislation

Milton Keynes City Football Club recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels of the game. This includes those who play, those who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters. Milton Keynes City Football Club is committed to appropriate consultation.

Young People
Milton Keynes City Football Club acknowledges the extent of its influence over young people and pledges to set a positive example.

Milton Keynes City Football Club acknowledges that public confidence demands the highest standards of financial and administrative behaviour within the game and will not tolerate corruption or improper practices.

Trust and Respect
Milton Keynes City Football Club will uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game, whether they are individuals, clubs or other organisations.

Milton Keynes City Football Club rejects the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.

Milton Keynes City Football Club is committed to fairness in its dealings with all involved in the game.

Integrity and Fair Play
Milton Keynes City Football Club is committed to the principle of playing to win consistent with Fair Play.

Code of Conduct for Managers, Coaches, Admins and Club Representatives

Club representatives are critical to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Volunteers are, therefore, expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct.

Volunteers have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications.

It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for club volunteers. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a “win-at-all-costs” attitude.

Increased responsibility is requested from managers and coaches involved in coaching young people. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the club, school, coach or parent.

Set out below is The F.A. Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the National Association of Sports Coaches) which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching and is the blueprint for Milton Keynes City Football Club:

  • Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  • Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  • Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  • Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  • Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  • Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, and physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  • Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. Fair Play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  • Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language.
  • Where Coaches identify Player/s not developing at the same level as others within the team; a development plan must be built to allow them to get up to the level of the rest of the team.

When creating a development plan they should

  • Consult the Parents no matter what to ensure they understand exactly what the plan is
  • The duration of the Plan
  • Content of the plan
  • It may even in some circumstances require to player to drop to a train only model whilst remaining an integral part of the team they are in for training purposes to solely focus on delivering the content of the plan.
  • The key in all this is the player and ensuring they can keep up with all in the team.

Code of Conduct for Match Officials

This is included because there have been occasions where the club has been asked to supply an official for a match.

(Referees, Assistant Referees, Fourth Officials and Substitute Referees)

Under the Laws of the Game the decisions of a referee on points of fact connected with the play are final as far as the result of the game is concerned. A referee also has wide-ranging powers defined in Law 5 of the laws of football.

The exercising of such power requires a high level of ethics from referees and assistant referee (referred to in this Code together as “referees”).

In addition to the quality of refereeing, the behaviour of the referee has an impact, either directly or indirectly, on the conduct of all others involved in the game. Respect for referees and their decisions is a fundamental part of the game. A Code of Conduct for Match Officials is a proper response to those expectations.

While the Code focuses primarily on referees involved in top-class football, with few exceptions the basic ideas are valid for match officials at all levels, be they on the National List, or registered with County Football Associations and only involved in local football.

These Codes are applicable to match officials at all levels of the game.

Obligations towards the Game

The referee has a duty to the game in its widest sense. One of those duties is to help the game to keep moving, compatible with Fair Play, and to seek to ensure it is attractive and is not subject to unnecessary halts.

The referee should:

  • Make every effort to prepare fully for a match, both physically and mentally. On a physical level, a referee must be able to keep up with the speed of the modern game and be alert and close enough to take correct decisions from credible locations on the field of play.
  • Not be afraid to take decisions. A referee should be fair and firm and must resist any possible influence from protests on the part of players, team officials or spectators.
  • Show respect towards players and team officials.
  • Be honest and completely impartial at all times, irrespective of the teams, players or team officials involved in the match.
  • Decline to be appointed to a match if not completely physically or mentally fit to referee that match (because of illness, injury, or for family or other reasons).
  • Inform The Football Association and/or County Association and/or league or competition directly responsible if unable to referee a team or teams for any reason.
  • Refrain from requesting hospitality of any kind, or accept any hospitality offered and considered to be excessive.
  • Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game or any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
  • Not tolerate inappropriate language from players and/or officials.

Obligations towards the Players

The powers of a referee must be used with wise judgement and care. Authority and a firm approach must be combined with respect.

  • A referee should have regard to protecting the players.
  • A referee should show due respect when speaking with the players, even in the event of infringements.
  • In reports, a referee should set out the true facts and not attempt to justify any decisions.

Obligations towards fellow Officials

It is necessary for the referee’s authority to be protected, not only for the sake of the game, but also in the interest of fellow referees, assistant referees, fourth officials and substitute referees. This protection should, however, not influence the over-riding regard for protection of the players.

  • A referee should refrain from publicly expressing any criticism of fellow referees, assistant referees or other match officials.
  • A referee should assist with the development of less experienced referees and assistant referees.
  • An assistant referee should give his total support to the referee, but without undue interference or insistence.

This Code applies to all team/club officials (although some items may not apply to all officials).

Code of Conduct for Parents and Supporters

Milton Keynes City Football Club require that parents and spectators within the club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children and players not just their own.

Milton Keynes City Football Club encourages parents / spectators to:

Applaud the opposition as well as you own team.

Avoid coaching the child during the game.

Not to shout and scream.

Respect the referee’s decision.

Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented.

Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

Milton Keynes City Football Club requires that parents and spectators within the club agree and adhere to our club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

Code of Conduct for Players

Obligations towards the game

A player should:

  • Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
  • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
  • Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time-wasting.
  • Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly
  • Expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
  • Not use inappropriate language.

Obligations towards one’s own team

A player should:

  1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.
  2. Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.

Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules

A player should:

  • Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.
  • Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
  • Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect towards Opponents

A player should:

  • Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
  • Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

Respect towards the Match Officials

A player should:

  • Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
  • Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
  • Show due respect towards Match Officials.

Respect towards Team Officials

A player should;

  • Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
  • Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.

Obligations towards the Supporters

A player should:

  • Show due respect to the interests of supporters.

Code of Conduct for the use of Social Media

Use of social media is a growing area of concern that we have come more aware of over recent times. Hence the need to add this to the Code of Conduct. We have an expectation that this Code of Conduct shall apply to any person associated with Milton Keynes City Football Club.

  • Please ensure you remain respectful to all in regard to posts
  • Do Not bring the Club into disrepute
  • Never be Rude or abusive to any Club Official or persons associated with Milton Keynes City Football Club on any social media platform.
  • Do Not Breach FA Rules in relation Social Media posts/tweets
  • Ensure that any posts you make could not be as seen as being an opinion of Milton Keynes City Football Club.
  • The Club have Social Media accounts where we will from time to time publish material and statements from the Club at our discretion and only these channels are classed as official communiques from Milton Keynes City Football Club.

Actions taken for breach of Codes of Conduct

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, league or The FA:

I or connected club members may be:

  • required to apologise to team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager/coach;
  • issued with a verbal warning from a coach, club representative or league official;
  • receive a formal warning from the coach, club representative or league official;
  • required to meet with the club, league of County FA Welfare Officer;
  • required to meet with the club committee;
  • obliged to undertake an FA education course;
  • obliged to leave the match venue by the club;
  • requested by the club not to attend future games;
  • suspended or have my club membership removed (where applicable);
  • required to leave the club along with any dependents.


Anyone who is part of Milton Keynes City Football Club who feel they have a concern or an issue with anyone within the Club must raise this at the earliest opportunity to any Committee Member who will then ensure the issue is investigated and gone through in a proper Manner.

We will ensure that any issues or complaints will be dealt with in a proper manner and gone through in detail to find the conclusions and the best way to move forward to close and resolve all situations to an amicable conclusion wherever possible, however there will be situations which may result in parties moving on.