Code of Ethics Policy

Code of Conduct for Parents / Spectators
Roma Soccer believes that parents / spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in soccer. All children play soccer because they first and foremost love the game, its fun. We believe that howevergood a child becomes at soccer within our club it is important to reinforce the message to parents / spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:
  • Children enjoying soccer
  • A sense of personal achievement
  • Self-esteem
  • Improving the child’s skills and techniques
Roma Soccer believes that parents / spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:
  • Other players
  • Officials
  • Managers
  • Spectators
Therefore, the club expects that parents / spectators are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children not just their own.

Parents / spectators are encouraged to:

  • Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.
  • Please set a good example to our players by demonstrating your good sportsmanship towards the opposition.
  • Do NOT criticize or mock any of the players. They will all be trying their best. They will all make mistakesbut this is the best way for them to learn!
  • Avoid coaching the child during the game (this will confuse the player and stifle his/her decision-making development.)
  • Let the player play the game.
  • It is important that the players do not receive conflicting instructions from different people. Shout encouragement but NOT instructions.
  • Let coaches coach and managers pick the team.
  • Respect their decisions and encourage the players to do the same.
  • Not to excessively shout and scream.
  • Please give the team lots of vocal support but try to avoid excessive screaming or aggressive displays which can be intimidating for young players.
  • Remember it’s a game for the players to enjoy playing. The result should not be the most important thing.
  • Respect the referee’s decision.
  • The referee can only make fair decisions based on what he sees (which will not always be the same as what you see!).
  • Criticizing the referee will possibly lead to poor behavior by the players, which is not in your child’s best interests.
  • Give the referee a break! He is most likely a volunteer just trying to help the players to have fun especially at mini soccer level.
  • Ensure you stay away from the touchline will assist the referee and those who run the line have a free run so he doesn’t have to control you as well as the game.
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in soccer not just the most talented.
  • Please support all our players whatever their ability. Praise them for their efforts to encourage their development.