Respect Armbands

Fair Play Tables return as Adult Respect Weekend approaches

After its success last year we’ve reinstated the county-wide Fair Play Tables for OFA affiliated adult leagues for another season.

The initiative aims to recognise and rewards adult teams in Oxfordshire for good behaviour based on their discipline records across the season. Adult clubs topping the tables in their respective divisions are again set to receive a £100 voucher to spend on kit and equipment.

Sam Charles, Office Manager at Oxfordshire FA said: “Following on from the success of last season’s Fair Play Tables, Oxfordshire FA are keen to continue rewarding clubs who show exemplary behaviour both on and off the field of play.”

“Having had 20 teams win a £100 voucher last season, we are keen to continue publishing the tables to give clubs the opportunity to see how their discipline compares with other teams within their respective division, which in turn will educate all participants and provide a positive approach to discipline within Oxfordshire.”

The introduction of the Fair Play Tables was one of a number of different initiatives implemented at the start of last season to promote the key messages of The FA’s Respect programme, as well as our first OFA Respect Weekend.

Last season’s Weekend was aimed at the youth game and had the theme of #GiveThemAHand the idea was to encourage parents and spectators to help young players play in positive environments by clapping and cheering their efforts in the games only.

This season we’re introducing our first adult Respect Weekend (9/10th December) which focusses on tackling foul and abusive language in the game with the aim of reducing the amount heard in games – the hashtag for this weekend will be #KeepItClean.

With the help and support of our affiliated adult leagues, OFA staff will be attending adult fixtures across the county and interviewing players and coaches about the Respect programme and what Respect means to them. 

To help adult clubs promote the message of Respect in games this weekend and beyond, we’ve sent every affiliated club a Respect Captains Armband for each of their adult teams – nearly 240 armbands in total.

Every affiliated adult team in Oxfordshire should have received their Captain's Respect Armband

The Captain plays an important role of any team and by wearing these armbands on matchday will promote playing the game in the correct spirit and reinforce the message of Respect. 

To further promote the weekend, we’re asking clubs, teams, players and spectators to send in their best Respect photos on Twitter to @OxfordshireFA using the hashtag #KeepItClean – the best picture from the weekend which encapsulates the spirit of Respect will win a £50 voucher from Discount Football Kits.