Addressing behaviours in the grassroots game ahead of the new season in England

Thursday 01 Sep 2022

Football has a unique power to deliver amazing benefits to individuals and communities.

Not only does it keep us physically and mentally healthy, but it also builds long-lasting friendships, teaches leadership and resilience and inspires the nation.

However, for all the good that football can bring, sadly last season, at all levels of the game, there were too many examples of unacceptable behaviours that had the opposite impact.

At the grassroots level, these included swearing, aggressive shouting and persistent arguing among spectators, players and officials.

It is only a small minority of people that act in this way, but these individuals can spoil the game for everyone, causing children and young people to not want to play, referees and volunteers to drop out and spectators to stop supporting their team.

We all have a responsibility in setting the right standard of behaviours in the game. We need everyone to play their part so that we can make this season a brilliant one for all.

As we look forward to a new season of grassroots football up and down the country, we are promoting a series of social media assets under the message ‘Enough is Enough’, making it clear that action will be taken against those who ruin the game for others.

By Communications department