CODE OF CONDUCT
The objectives of Pafos United Walking Football Cyprus (PUWFC) are to promote our ethos of fun, ﬁtness, friendship and football for all its members, and to instil an atmosphere of respect to all involved in its activities, and to ensure that members are aware, and follow, its code of conduct.
This code of conduct is aimed at producing high standards of behaviour within walking football, and PUWFC endorses the FA Code of "RESPECT" even though it is affiliated to the Walking Football Association (WFA).
1. GENERAL RESPECT CODE
1.1 On and off the field I will:
a) Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning.
b) Stick to the rules and celebrate the spirit of the game.
c) Always show respect to everyone involved in the game.
d) Never engage in public criticism of the Match Officials and abide by their decisions.
e) Win or lose with dignity and shake hands at the end of every game.
f) Be aware of the potential impact of bad language on others.
g) Never engage in abusive language, bullying or intimidating behaviour.
h) Ensure that the session coach, team manager and/or referee is made aware of any medical condition, or on-going injury prior to play.
i) Promote fair play and actively encourage others.
j) Make allowances for and encourage Members with different skill levels and physical abilities.
k) Remember we all make mistakes.
1.2 I understand that if I do not follow the Code I may:
a) Be asked to apologise to whoever I've upset.
b) Receive a Red Card and be suspended from the field of play.
c) Receive a formal warning.
d) Be dropped, substituted or suspended from training.
e) Not be selected for the team.
f) Be asked to leave PUWFC and/or issued a ﬁne.
2. PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT
2.1 On match and training days you should:
a) Play within the guidelines set by the prevailing rules, laws either:
set by the organisers at an away venue or
set by competition organisers or the Rules of the Game (WFA)
b) Always play within the spirit and laws of the game.
c) Avoid all forms of gamesmanship and time wasting.
d) Avoid all violent and dangerous play.
e) Never use inappropriate language towards anyone else.
f) Always accept the referee's decisions without adverse comment or dissent.
g) Only Team Captain are authorised to converse with the Referee during official matches/tournaments, only Coaches can discuss with Referee’s any training issues.
h) Treat everyone with respect at all times.
i) Always abide by the instructions of the Team Manager or Ofﬁcer provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code.
j) Make sure that clothing, bags, bottles or belongings do not interfere with the ﬁeld of play and any door, gate, ﬁre or safety exit.
k) Never take glass bottles or drinking glasses onto the pitch or playing surface.
l) Remove and dispose of any litter, rubbish etc in a responsible manner.
m) Make sure supporters are outside the boundaries or ﬁeld of play and follow game official’s requests and instructions; you should also make sure you supporters behave responsibly.
n) Remove any jewellery or watches. Tape may be used to cover rings.
o) Wear the correct footwear for the type of pitch surface in accordance with the requirements specified by the pitch provider i.e No Blades or Metal studs.
p) Wear shin pads, covered by socks whilst playing.
You may be suspended from matches by the Management Committee if you persistently breach any of the above rules.
2.2 In addition you should:
Inform the Team Manager as far as possible in advance, of your availability or non-availability, for a match when invited by the manager to play.
Arrive at match venues at the time specified (unless by prior arrangement with your team manager).
Endeavour to arrive at least 10 minutes before training sessions for warm up and stretching exercises.
Ensure that valuables are safeguarded securely. PUWFC takes no responsibility for personal possessions of players, coaches, referees or spectators.
3. TEAM MANAGERS CODE OF CONDUCT
3.1 Team Managers are appointed each season by the Management Committee. They are bound by the Rules of PUWFC and WFA and are responsible for managing the affairs of the team.
3.2 As a Team Manager you should:
a) Inform all players of their selection or non-selection for a match. As much notice as is practicable should be given.
b) Inform players of the precise address where a match or event is taking place and the time it starts (and if possible ﬁnishes) and also what time players should arrive at the venue.
c) Ensure the well being and safety of every player above all other considerations.
d) Make yourself aware of availability and location of all First Aiders and Medical facilities at any venue including home venue.
e) Establish any specific medical details you may need about your players.
f) Respect the rights, dignity, worth and opinions of all players as well as officials and the opposition.
g) Encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
h) Always display high standards of behaviour, appearance, punctuality and instruction.
i) Be a positive role model for players and by your example, encourage players at all times to accept match officials decisions without comment and without showing any form of dissent.
j) Always promote the positive aspects of walking football and never condone violations of the laws or spirit of the game, any form of violent or dangerous play or any form of gamesmanship or time wasting.
k) Help players to recognise good performance and not just results.
l) Advise the Management Secretary (or an Officer of the Management Committee if the Secretary is unavailable) within 48 hours of any sending off or caution incurred by any of your players.
m) Respond promptly to all requests and instructions from an Officer of the Management Committee.
n) Complete with honesty any assessment that is required of you towards evaluation of the referee.
3.3 You should never:
a) Discriminate against anybody by any reason of gender, sexual orientation, racial origin, nationality, religious beliefs, ability, disability or economic status.
b) Permit the harassment or bullying of a player or referee by any member of PUWFC or show unacceptable favouritism to any individual player.
c) Punish or belittle a player making mistakes.
Team Managers who fail to abide by this code of conduct may be suspended from their position and instructed to appear before the Management Committee or a section of the Management Committee who shall have the ultimate sanction to remove that party from their post and /or permanently exclude them from PUWFC.
4. INTERNAL DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE
PUWFC fully expects all members to set and maintain a high level of good conduct and behaviour on and off the ﬁeld of play, and this applies to all matches and training sessions under the auspices of PUWFC. PUWFC will run its own internal disciplinary procedure, in addition to those set by any relevant regional governing bodies.
4.1 All incidents of misconduct:
a) All incidents of misconduct (Blue or Red Cards) must be reported by the referee to PUWFC Secretary within 72 hours on the form provided.
b) A copy of the Referee’s Report should be sent to the player within 72 hours of receipt by the secretary
c) The player should reply within a further 72 hours.
d) Failure by the player to respond within the designated time frame shall be assumed to be an admission of guilt.
e) When all documentation has been received the matter should be passed to the disciplinary committee for prompt adjudication.
4.2 On receipt of a notiﬁcation of:
a) Any indiscretion.
b) Any caution or sending off reported by the Team Manager or a referee.
c) Any conduct issues reported by the Home Venue staff.
a) A Disciplinary Committee shall be formed to adjudicate on all serious matters relating to on-field and off-field breaches of the standards expected.
b) The Disciplinary Committee shall comprise of the Coaching Liaison & Booking Co-ordinator, Referee’s Co-ordinator and one other member selected by the members.
c) If the incident being adjudicated involved any of the Disciplinary Committee members then a suitable substitute should be appointed at the agreement of the PUWFC Chairman if a decision is required at short notice or by the PUWFC Committee.
d) The Disciplinary Committee will taken into account any referee’s report; the version of events reported by all parties, including the player and manager, and also, if appropriate, the manager's desired response regarding a formal appeal.
e) A player shall have the right to a Personal Hearing before the disciplinary Committee.
f) The Disciplinary Committee will then take appropriate action based upon a simple majority decision with the Chairperson having a casting vote in the case of tied voting.
g) PUWFC’s own disciplinary policy is to impose various levels of sanctions (including ultimately expulsion) which, at the Disciplinary Committee's discretion, can be imposed to run concurrently or in addition to any Regional impositions.
h) If the player wishes to appeal against an internal sanction, suspension or expulsion, the player may, within 14 days of the decision, do so in writing to the Management Committee Secretary, and request an appeal be heard by the full Management Committee and be held as soon as possible following receipt of that notice of appeal. Again, voting shall be by simple majority and the Chairperson having a casting vote in the event of a tie in voting.
PUWFC Management Committee reserves the right to suspend any player, manager or member who fails to comply with the instructions of the Management Committee in so far as they relate to a breach of PUWFC Rules, Regulations or Codes of Conduct, or Regional League or National Governing Body rules and guidelines.
Proposer............Tony Watson......Seconded.........John Fitzsimmons
Chairman. Malcolm Bushell Asst. Secretary Roger Fear
Date 3 March 2020