Code of Conduct

KYSA Codes of Conduct Objective

The Killarney Youth Soccer Association’s Codes of Conduct establish a clear set of guidelines for the coach, player and parents/guardians/spectators. Its primary goal is to help ensure that soccer is a fun, positive and enjoyable experience.

The Codes of Conduct are based on FIFA's Fair Play concepts and further defined by four basic principles:

  1. Respect for the rules
  2. Respect for the referees and their decisions
  3. Respect for all participants, including team-mates, coaches and opponents
  4. Maintaining self-control at all times

It is a condition of club membership that all members follow the Codes of Conduct at all times. Failure to comply with the Codes of Conduct will result in action being taken.


As a player, you have a big part to play. The club is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct. When playing soccer, players must:

  1. Play by the rules of the game
  2. Respect the referees and officials and to accept their decision without criticism
  3. Be fair to your opponent and to treat them well - without them there would be no game!
  4. Encourage your team-mates and help them to succeed.
  5. Treat your coach/manager with respect and listen to what he/she says
  6. Speak respectfully, openly and honestly in private to your coach should a dispute arise
  7. Zero tolerance of profanity, temper tantrums, violent behaviour, drugs or alcohol
  8. Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
  9. Be generous when you win and gracious when you lose.


  1. Set a good example for your child.
  2. Good sportsmanship is not just for players & coaches.
  3. Always respect the match officials' decisions.
  4. Never criticize the officials - nothing positive will result.
  5. Referees can have an offensive parent removed from the field, and if they refuse, the game may be forfeited to the opponent
  6. Zero tolerance for offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour or physical threats
  7. Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectator Area (where provided)
  8. Avoid conflicts with other teams’ parents
  9. Let the coach be the coach. Avoid yelling instructions from the sidelines that can be confusing and frustrating to the players
  10. When cheering, try to cheer all the players, and offer encouragement when they try something or succeed at something.
  11. Remember that children play for FUN
  12. Communicate with your coach. If you have ideas or problems, talk to the coach
  13. Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials
  14. Never criticize a player for making a mistake; mistakes are part of learning

Team Official including Coaches and Managers:

  1. Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, and spectators
  2. Adhere to the Laws of the Game Always respect the match officials' decisions
  3. Zero tolerance for offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour or physical threats
  4. Never enter the field of play without the referee's permission
  5. Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  6. When working with players place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  7. Explain exactly what you expect of your players and what they can expect from you
  8. Ensure the parents/guardians of all players understand these expectations
  9. Refrain from, and refuse to tolerate any form of bullying
  10. Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
  11. Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  12. Ensure all activities organized are appropriate for the players' ability level, experience, age and maturity
  13. Teach players to act fairly and respect the rules, referees and opponents
  14. Be selective in the amount of instructions given to players during the game
  15. Be responsible for ensuring that substitute players, bench personnel and your team's spectators do not interfere with the match
  16. Make sure that equipment/facilities are safe
  17. Not ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or for performing poorly
  18. Inform parents of any injuries their child might have suffered

By submitting your registration you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct

If you see anyone - including members of other clubs - not abiding by these Codes of Conduct, please do not be a passive bystander.  Reach out to the board and let us know immediately.

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