NNSWF launches Respect the Game campaign

June 21st, 2022

Northern NSW Football has launched its Respect the Game campaign to create a genuine culture shift across football and fix the problem of poor behaviour and abuse.

Thousands of people participate and officiate in football every weekend across northern NSW. But over time a minority have unfortunately decided it is ok to:

  • Abuse official and volunteer referees
  • Scream and yell at players, coaches and officials
  • Criticise performance rather than celebrate effort
  • Ignore, manipulate and question rules and decisions

Many have experienced this poor behaviour firsthand. Its impacts include:

  • People stop playing the game
  • Referees stop officiating
  • Volunteer numbers dwindle
  • Mental health suffers
  • Tensions between clubs
  • Club reputations diminish

NNSWF want to change this culture across all levels of football with the Respect the Game campaign.

Part of this campaign is asking the football community to report poor behaviour, sign the Respect the Game pledge, share their experiences and take the laws of the game quiz.

NNSWF Referees Manager Brad Carlin said he hoped the Respect the Game campaign would help members of the football community evaluate their own behaviour and that of people within their own club.

“It’s our collective job to keep our game strong and provide a safe, enjoyable environment that protects participants, match officials, club administrators, volunteers and spectators,” Carlin said.

“We need members of our football community to call out poor behaviour and report it. We want people to share their support for the Respect the Game campaign by taking the pledge and encouraging others at their club to do the same.

“Sign the pledge, share your experiences and report poor behaviour to help us improve the game at all levels.”

For more information on the Respect the Game campaign click HERE.

Poor behaviour related to Northern NSW Football’s Premier Competitions can be reported HERE.

Poor behaviour related to Community Football should be reported to the relevant Member Zone responsible for administering that competition. Directions are available HERE.

Take the IFAB Laws of the Game quiz HERE.

Sign the Respect the Game pledge HERE.

Respect the Game pledge

I pledge to Respect our Game and will not tolerate abuse in our game directed towards referees, players, coaches, spectators, officials or volunteers.

I will call out behaviour that undermines this pledge and drive a culture of respect within our football community.

Related Topics:
Respect the Game campaign

More News


Reunification of football across the Northern Inland region a resounding success as Premier League competition remains tight at the halfway mark – Blake Jarrett
The 2023 Northern Inland Premier League campaign has officially reached its… [more]
Northern NSW Football conduct draws for preliminary rounds two and three of 2023 Australia Cup
Northern NSW Football has conducted its draws for preliminary rounds two and… [more]
2022-23 Talented Indigenous Scholarship applications open
Applications for the 2022-23 NNSWF Talented Indigenous Scholarships are now… [more]


GRAND FINAL DAY: Northern Inland Premier League deciders to be contested in Armidale today
First Grade Grand Final South Armidale United FC v Oxley Vale Attunga FC New… [more]
Finals time for the Northern Inland Premier League after both minor premiership races go down to the final round – Blake Jarrett
The Northern Inland Premier League’s 22-round regular season wrapped up last… [more]
Norths Red Women score a comeback victory during the final round to claim the Armidale Women’s Premier League minor premiership
As far as final rounds of a football season go, the 2023 Armidale Women’s… [more]