Everyone can play their part
We Only Do Positive
The FA’s Respect campaign was launched in the 2008/9 season after a build-up of behavioural problems in the National Game. Following its success, The FA want to spread the message of Respect even further across English football. The new campaign - ‘We Only Do Positive’ - aims to do just that.
The new campaign highlights the importance of positive behaviour towards young footballers, specifically looking at the impact parents and coaches can have. The campaign is rooted in extensive research carried out in 2017/18 to understand more clearly the effect of negative behaviour on Under-7s - Under-18s and where Respect interventions would be most effective.
The research provided clear evidence of why positivity was so important in the youth game. The stand-out insight was that 9 in 10 children played better with positive encouragement. In addition, the research highlighted that negative experiences on children had a serious adverse effects on both in their footballing ability and more widely to their enjoyment of the sport.
‘We Only Do Positive’ is a response to this research and uses an all new strategic approach to target coaches and parents specifically around mini-soccer and youth football. It aims to promote and educate coaches and parents on their roles in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all the players, ensuring they have great experiences throughout their football journey.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF DISCRIMINATION
ONLINE RESPECT MODULE
The FA has launched a brand-new Respect For Coaches e-learning module, which can now be completed online.
This FREE 20-minute course supports the objectives of The FA Respect campaign.
With a strategic focus on coaches and parents within mini-soccer and youth football, this online course focuses on education coaches on the following principles:
- Creating the right environment
- Lead by positive example
- Understand your players
- Build a positive team around you
- Instil an ‘anything is possible’ attitude
Frequently asked questions about Respect
Yes, there is a Respect equipment scheme which the FA delivers in partnership with the Football Foundation. You can visit by clicking here.
Share your message and a picture. Please note, if you are taking pictures of children and using for social media, consent will need to be given by the child’s parent/guardian/carer.