The biggest survey yet undertaken of the grassroots game in England revealed that eradicating unacceptable behaviour was the No.1 priority - this opinion was shared by everyone in the game – players, league and club officials, referees and spectators.
The FA is responding in a variety of ways, and one of the main actions is the Respect programme. The programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite football – to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.
One of the main aims of Respect is to tackle the mass drop-out of referees from football due to abuse. Thousands of referees drop out of the game every season, mainly due to the abuse they receive on the pitch and from the sidelines. Without referees the game simply
cannot be played properly.
Watch the video
You can find out more information about The FA’s Respect Programme by visiting www.thefa.com/respect
Updated 14:19 - 15 Sep 2017 by Paul Charles