Code of Conduct

The Club's Code of Conduct establishes a clear set of guidelines for team officials, players, parents, guardians and spectators. The primary goal is to help ensure that soccer if a fun, positive and enjoyable experience for all.

The Code of Conduct is based on the concept of fair play, defined by 4 basic principles:
• Respect for the rules
• Respect for the referees and their decisions
• Respect for all participants, including teammates, team officials and opponents
• Maintaining self-control at all times
It is a condition of club membership that all members follow the Code of Conduct at all times. Failure to comply with them will result in action from VanU FC.

As a player, you have a big part to play. The club asks every player to follow and respect the Code of Conduct. When playing soccer, players must:
• Play by the rules of the game
• Respect the referees and officials and to accept their decisions without criticism
• Be fair to opponents and treat them well - without them there would be no game!
• Encourage your teammates and help them to succeed
• Treat your coach/manager/administrator with respect and listen to what he/she says
• Speak respectfully, openly and honestly in private to your coach/manager should a dispute arise
• Zero tolerance of profanity, temper tantrums, violent behaviour, drugs or alcohol
• Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the match
• Be generous when you win and gracious if you lose


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


• Show respect to other involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers and spectators
• Adhere to the Laws of the Game
• Always respect the match officials' decisions
• Zero tolerance for offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour or physical threats
• Never enter the field of play without the referee's permission
• Never engage in public criticism fo the match officials


When working with players, I will:
• Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
• Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me
• Ensure the parents/guardians of all players understand these expectations
• Refrain from and refuse to tolerate any form of bullying
• Develop mututal trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
• Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
• Ensure all activities I organize are appropriate for the players' ability level, experience, age and maturity
• Teach players to act fairly and respect the rules, referees and opponents
• Be selective in the amount of instruction I give players during the game
• Be responsible for ensuring that substitute players, bench personnel and my team's spectators do not interfere with the match
• Make sure that equipment/facilities are safe
• Not ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or for performing poorly
• Inform parents of any injuries their child might have suffered