Parents, Spectators Code of Conduct

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behavior in the game.

Parents and spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:

  • Other Players
  • Referees
  • Team Officials
  • Spectators and others

Selects support showing respect to ensure soccer can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment. Remember children’s soccer is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything.


Play your part and observe the Selects, EMSA and MWSA Codes of Conduct for Parents and Spectators and at all times.

• Remember that children play for FUN.
• Applaud effort and good play as well as success.
• Always respect the match officials’ decisions.
• Remain outside the field of play and within the spectators’ area.
• Let the team official do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do. “In other words let the coach be the coach.”
• Respect the team officials decisions during game play.
• Respect the team officials and Selects rules for conflict resolution. ie:  24 Hour Rule
• Support your team officials with respect to team and/or player discipline.
• Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials.
• Do not criticize a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning.
• Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behavior.

Understand that if you do not follow the Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken by Selects, MWSA or EMSA.  I may be:

• Issued with a verbal warning from Selects or league official
• Required to meet with the club committee
• Obliged to leave the match venue by the team or league official
• Requested by the club not to attend future games
• Required to leave the Selects program along with any dependents