As we head into the season, we would like to encourage players, coaches, family members, club officials, and referees to consider how they will behave around their upcoming soccer games. All play an important role in our small piece of the “World’s Game” and deserve to be treated respectfully.
While we absolutely encourage everyone to give their best effort trying to win, we also believe a sense of soccer fellowship should be maintained at all times, among opponents, opposing fans, and referees. Treat each other with courtesy; remember your opponents are, like you, fans of the game only in a different uniform, playing for a different club, supporting a different team, or in the case of referees, with a different role to play.
Whatever part you play, be a role model. Set an example. Your positive example is incredibly valuable to those who witness it!
The rules must be respected as they maintain a player’s health and safety, provide everyone a fair chance to win each match, and provide necessary checks and balances in a game full of emotions.
Referees must be respected and treated properly for without them our games cannot be played. Remember they are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers. They are our fellow soccer fans and they deserve our patience. Our praise, respect and admiration should be shown to them for taking on what is often a thankless task.
Finally, respect the game! Soccer, futebol, fussball, football, whatever you may call it, is the greatest sport in the world – for it to continue to grow and remain healthy in our country it absolutely needs us to respect…its fields, its players, its fans, its referees and its coaches.
Thank you very much