If you take part in football you have the right to have fun and stay safe. Click below to watch a video from some well known football players about keeping young players safe.
Your coach and team manager is there to help you learn safely and enjoy football. This means respecting you as a person as a player and:
- being a good role model – leading by example at all times
- not speaking to you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
- not bullying you to make you do things
- treating you as an individual
- thinking about you and your team mates and not just about winning or scoring goals
- making sure the pitch/playing area and equipment are safe for you to use
- having the right qualifications to coach you
If your coach or team manager needs to have physical contact to correct a technique or your positioning, they need to explain this to you and check you are ok with this. If you are not comfortable with physical contact you have the right to say no.
Remember, enjoy your football – don’t let anyone else spoil it.
Getting help and advice
If you are worried about the way a coach, team manager, referee or anyone else involved in football is behaving towards you there are people you can talk to.
Are you comfortable talking to your parents, your coach or team manager or club welfare officer or someone else?
If you are a young boy or girl and you are upset, hurt or scared with the way somebody behaves with you, please let someone you trust know now.
You may prefer to use one of the websites that offer advice. Some you can email your concern to and they will email you back with advice specifically for you. It’s easy to get information simply click on the web address and find out more.
The FA provides lots of help and support to ensure the safety of children and young people playing football, and works closely with the NSPCC to provide 24 hour access to help and support.
Visit the FA Safeguarding website for the latest information or get in touch via the NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Other useful places to go for information and support include:
www.childline.org.uk or telephone – 08001111
Stop it now!
www.stopitnow.org.uk or telephone – 0808 1000 900