Discipline and Fair Play applies to all members of The Eastham & District Junior Football League, and as a League, we will uphold the standards of Fair Play for All.

Letter to all Clubs and Players from the Chair:


To all club secretaries, T&DJFL:

Dear Secretary,

Disciplinary offences, in the main, are usually of the minor type, caused by some clubs failing to conduct their everyday business effectively.

Examples such as; ensuring match cards are filled in and completed and forwarded; logging Results/Respect marks, and League correspondence is dealt with within the approved time.

The introduction of the FA – Whole Game System, should help all clubs to manage many of the everyday requirements needed to effectively input records and keep control.

The FA Standard Code of Rules is there to help everyone and it is important that everyone associated with member clubs takes the time to read and digest it.

Fines will be issued to any club(s) failing to comply.

The divisional secretaries are there to help and guide you, but in return, they need your help, to ensure the smooth running of the League.

Discipline has improved dramatically over the last few seasons. We are grateful that clubs dealt with many issues internally. We welcome this approach and hope this trend continues.

The introduction of the Respect initiative has seen a dramatic change in attitudes, which is excellent news for all.

Referees: Your help is required to ensure we do not lose any new or established league referees during the new season.

Remember just like yourselves as coaches and managers these young referees are also going through the same process of learning. And yes, they will make mistakes occasionally but they must be encouraged and supported during their development otherwise we’ll lose them.

Spectator problems have been reduced with the introduction of a demarcated area along the touchline and the introduction of respect barriers however there are still instances of spectator abuse, which must be eradicated.

In addition, the Leagues ruling for technical areas which are mandatory should remove some of the field encroachment issues; teams failing to follow this practice will be sanctioned.

However, please remember the behaviour of spectators at matches is the responsibility of the home club.

The Respect programme includes four practical steps to improve behaviour – on the pitch and on the side-lines:

There is a Code of Conduct for each of the five main types of football participant:

  • Young Players
  • Adult Players
  • Spectators and Parents/Carers
  • Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials
  • Referees

All clubs should ensure that the FA Respect programme is introduced to everyone involved in grassroots football within their club.

The management team is here to help so please consult with us if you have any problems appertaining to discipline within your club.

Please be aware, that the League will fully enforce the rules as set out in the FA Standard Code of Rules.

Have a successful and sporting season.

Allan Jones
Eastham & District Football League




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