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How to play without a referee - You can't
Creating fun, safe football environments is central to Respect.
Many children and young people have a fantastic experience through football - some don't. This may be down to aggressive or pushy coaches and parents screaming and shouting from the sidelines. Respect highlights that this behaviour is unacceptable. We need to help coaches and parents understand the effect this behaviour can have and share positive ways to motivate young players.
Support your child in his football
- Children's football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Focus on this, rather than exclusively on winning matches.
- Don't take it to seriously. Even if your child is talented, at this stage their enjoyment is still the main goal.
- Children need positive feedback to feel that they can improve their game.. It doesn't help to tell them what they are doing wrong.
- Help them analyse their own game after the match is over. Ask them how they feel about it, about other players and ask them what went well to reinforce their strengths.
- Help children learn from their own mistakes by encouraging them to think about what they could have done instead. Remind them of their strengths.
- Help children to feel confident, enjoy themselves and feel like they belong by supporting a positive atmosphere at a game.
- Football is a passionate game but don't let disappointment at a misplaced pass or a poor touch get in the way. Encourage players to 'move on'.
- Respect the officials - children copy their 'parents and other adults' behaviour.
- Winning is great but at this stage it's not everything. If we see competition as a way to improve a team's game, losing is as important as winning.
- Research has shown that children are more interested in playing than getting a result.
Get the most out of your child playing football
Cheer good effort.
Be positive and supportive of all players.
Allow the coach to do their job without interference
Respect the referee's decisions, even if you disagree.
Don't criticise or dwell on mistakes or weaknesses - this undermines confidence.
Appreciate the opposing team's efforts to.
Dreaming of success is fine, but make sure they're your child's dreams not yours.