Information for Federations, Referees and Clubs
What is it?
A programme originally put together by the FA to tackle 3 concerns:
How was it developed?
A package of measures was trialled with 7 County FAs.
What measures were introduced?
On 21 September 2008 the NZ Football Referees Committee strongly recommended the introduction of the RESPECT programme into NZ.
Anecdotal reports from members indicated that there is a problem at Federation level. Data from a US1 survey showed that 30% of referees who left did so because of abuse. A number of cases of abuse and threatened assault in Central attracted media coverage.
This was introduced in the 2008-9 NZFC and followed in Federation competitions for the 2009 season.
From the original data received, the NZFRC recommend the principles of the RESPECT programme be adopted. They included:
NZF introduced the RESPECT Programme to help raise standards and address abusive behavior in the game at all levels.
As part of the RESPECT Programme, for all competitions it has been decided to introduce both the initiative that involves the referee working with the team captain on the day to manage the players and the game effectively and the pre-match fair play handshake initiative.
Working with the Team Captain
Fair Play Handshake Protocol
The following protocol should be applied where possible:
It may be difficult to implement this protocol in every case, we would ask that referees do what the reasonably can to ensure its implementation.