ECFC – code of conduct

Fair Play
Conduct according to the spirit of Fair Play is essential for the successful promotion and development of and involvement in sport. The objective of Fair Play is to foster a sporting spirit, as well as the sporting behaviour of coaches, players, team officials and spectators, thereby increasing the enjoyment of all those involved in the game.

Code of Conduct for Edinburgh City FC Coaches
1. Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct. Coaches have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions, as well as strategic targets, have ethical implications. It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for coaches. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to dissociate themselves from a “win-at-all-costs” attitude.

1.1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
1.2. Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
1.3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
1.4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
1.5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
1.6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
1.7. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
1.8 Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
1.9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
1.10. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
1.11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
1.12. Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.
1.13. Coaches must promote and encourage, particularly to young players, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet.
1.14. Coaches must provide guidance and support to players on the dangers of drug abuse.
1.15. Coaches must adhere to the terms of the Club’s Policy on Anti-Discrimination.

Edinburgh City Football Club Players - 
Obligations towards the game
An Edinburgh City FC player should:
2.1.1. Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
2.1.2. Make every effort to lead a healthy lifestyle which will include an appropriate diet and an avoidance of recreational or performance enhancing drugs.
2.1.3. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
2.1.4. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
2.1.5. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship and time-wasting.
2.1.6. Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
2.1.7. Not use inappropriate language.

Obligations towards one’s own team
An Edinburgh City FC player should:
2.2.1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.
2.2.2. Resist any influence that might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.

Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules
2.3.1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.
2.3.2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat with an equal measure of dignity.
2.3.3. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect towards Opponents
An Edinburgh City FC player should:
2.4.1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
2.4.2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

Respect towards the Match officials
2.5.1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
2.5.2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
2.5.3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.

Respect towards Edinburgh City FC team officials
An Edinburgh City FC player should:
2.6.1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Edinburgh City FC team officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
2.6.2. Show due respect towards the team officials of the opposition.

Obligations towards the Supporters
An Edinburgh City FC player should:
2.7.1. Show due respect to the interests of supporters.

General Obligations
An Edinburgh City FC player should:
2.8.1. Adhere to the terms of the Club’s Policy on Anti-Discrimination.

Code of Conduct for Edinburgh City FC Officials
While this Code applies in general to club officials, some items may not be relevant to all officials.

Obligations towards the Game
An Edinburgh City FC official should:
3.1.1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
3.1.2. Promote and develop their own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.
3.1.3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.
3.1.4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
3.1.5. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.
3.1.6. Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
3.1.7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations towards the Team
An Edinburgh City FC official should:
3.2.1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club and the team, and to obtain the best results for the team, using all permitted means.
3.2.2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.
3.2.3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
3.2.4. Promote ethical principles.
3.2.5. Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials of their own club and team, and those of others.

Obligations towards the Supporters
An Edinburgh City FC official should:
3.3.1. Show due respect for the interests of supporters.

Respect towards the Match Officials
An Edinburgh City FC official should:
3.4.1. Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest.
3.4.2. Avoid words or actions that may mislead a Match Official.
3.4.3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.

General Obligations
An Edinburgh City FC official should:
3.5.1. Adhere to the terms of the Club’s Policy on Anti-Discrimination.

Code of Conduct for Edinburgh City F.C. Supporters
Once our club has addressed the conduct of its coaches, players and officials, it will be in a position to set an appropriate example to its supporters in terms of their behaviour.

The crowd is considered to be an integral component of a football game. The support of the fans contributes to the success of the team, and the crowd is not expected to watch the game in silence. Encouragement of the teams by shouting, non-abusive singing, etc. will have a positive influence on the atmosphere in accordance with the spirit of Fair Play.

Spectators are, however, expected to show proper respect to our opponents and to the referee and match officials. They should appreciate the performance and effort of the opposition regardless of the result of the match. They should at no time before, during or after the match abuse, intimidate or attack verbally or physically opponents, match officials, opposing supporters or the players, managers and officials of Edinburgh City FC.

Spectators are required to comply with the law, and the ground regulations of Meadowbank Stadium and the grounds which we visit. Abuse, threats, sectarian or other offensive or inflammatory behaviour are not acceptable; similarly, missiles, flares, smoke bombs and other pyrotechnics, and offensive banners, shirts, badges and so on are forbidden.

At all times the supporters will be encouraged to comply with the club’s position on Discrimination and Unacceptable Conduct.

Reviewed 13 May 2016