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Our Codes of Conduct

for a great season!




  • Remember that your sons/daughters are involved in organized soccer for their enjoyment, not yours.

  • Encourage your son/daughter to always play by the rules.

  • Teach your son/daughter that an honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.

  • Turn defeat to victory by helping your son/daughter to work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your son/daughter for making a mistake.

  • Provide your son/daughter with plenty of encouragement because that is the best way they learn.

  • Show respect and appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for your son/daughter. Do not publicly question the coaches or manager’s judgment and never question their honesty.

  • Never openly criticize the performance of a referee or an assistant referee.

  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities.

  • Please let your son/daughter speak on their behalf.




  • Play by the rules of the game. Do not cheat, intentionally foul or harm other players during training or games.

  • Respect the officials and to accept their decision without criticism.

  • Be fair to your opponent and to treat them well – without them there would be no game!

  • Encourage your team-mates and help them to succeed. Do not criticize, make fun of or make them feel unwelcome.

  • Treat your coach with respect and to work with the coach for the betterment of the team.

  • Accept coaching instruction, correction and decisions as part of the learning process. Don’t argue with coaches. If you disagree with coaches arrange to discuss before or after training.

  • Speak respectfully, openly and honestly to your coach should a dispute arise.

  • There is Zero tolerance of profanity, temper tantrums, racist or homophobic language/attacks, violent or destructive behaviour (including vandalism or equipment or property), use of drugs or alcohol.

  • Be generous when you win and gracious when you lose.




  •  Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

  •  Coaches must adhere to the ‘Rule of Two’ when speaking to players. Always have a second adult within hearing range.

  •  Coaches must place the wellbeing and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

  •  Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down within the Constitution and the Rules of Golden Minor Soccer.

  •  Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

  •  Coaches must NOT exert influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

  •  Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behavior and performance.

  •  Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct, or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience  and ability of players.

  •  Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the player (and, where appropriate, their parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

  •  Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.

  •  Coaches must always promote the appropriate Codes of Conduct and positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) to players, parents and spectators alike.

  •  Never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behavior contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

  •  Coaches must consistently display high standards of behavior and experience and be a role model for players, parents, and spectators.

  •  Coaches must not attend soccer events impaired (drugs or alcohol) and must refrain from becoming impaired at soccer events where underaged participants are in attendance.

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