Code of Behaviour

Australians are justifiably proud of the place sport has in their daily lives. What is equally important to us is the way the game is played and the manner in which our sportsmen and women conduct themselves. Unfortunately, some people fail to live up to the traditional value of sport. Worse still, young people can be influenced and the rest of their sporting lives coloured by these experiences.


These Codes of Behaviour identify a series of key principles on which Players, Parents and Spectators, and Coaches, should base their sporting involvement. These codes will ensure that young people develop good sporting behaviours and have an enjoyable experience of sport, which will encourage them to remain involved throughout their lives.



  • Play by the rules at all times.
  • Never argue with the Referee or Official. If you disagree; have your Captain, Coach or Manager approach them during a break, at half time or after the game to ask any necessary questions.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse and sledging other players, deliberately distracting, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent is not acceptable behaviour and is not permitted in any sport.
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you would like to be treated.
  • Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment, not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Play for the fun and “love of the game”, while improving your skills and feel good about yourself.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team – your team’s performance will benefit and so will your own.
  • Applaud all good play whether by your team or by your opponents team.
  • Co-operate with your coach, team -mates and opponents. Without them, there would be no game.
  • Be polite, considerate and well mannered at all times, as your behaviour reflects on the rest of your team and the soccer community.
  • Remember to be a “good sport”.
  • Don’t be a bully.



  • If children are interested, encourage them to play sport. However, if a child is not willing to play, do not force them.
  • Focus upon the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability, by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always play according to the rules.
  • NEVER ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing the game
  • Remember that children are involved in organised sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good plays by both teams. If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials volunteer their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.
  • Respect official’s decisions (coaches, managers, referees and linesmen) and teach your child to do likewise.
  • Show your appreciation of volunteer coaches, managers, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
  • Be aware that if your behaviour is unacceptable, then a club official may escort you from the field.
  • Parents MUST abide by the decisions of West Wanderers United Soccer & Sporting Club Inc. and to respect their decisions.



  • Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of the game and teach your players to do the same.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport and encourage players to do the same.
  • Remember that young people need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on young players’ time, energy, concentration and enthusiasm.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience.
  • Teach your players to follow the rules.
  • Insist on fair and disciplined play, do not tolerate foul play, fighting or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Ensure your coaching drills are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.