Unified Stand for Respect and Safety of Match Officials

Unified Stand for Respect and Safety of Match Officials

The Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) stands united with Football Australia in a firm commitment to promoting safety, respect, and well-being within our football community.

In light of recent concerns about conduct towards match officials in A-League matches, and all across the country, this unified effort supports the RESPECT Campaign, reinforcing positive behaviour at all levels of the game.

James Johnson, CEO of Football Australia, emphasised the need for a safe and respectful environment for every participant in football. NSFA echoes this, acknowledging the broader challenge within the football community and the impact on our Northern Suburbs Football Referees Association match officials. We share Johnson’s call for a collective effort to address these challenges and reinforce a positive culture in the game.

Kevin Johnson, CEO of NSFA, asked that “We encourage everyone in our football community to actively contribute to creating an environment where RESPECT is fundamental, ensuring football remains a source of joy for all.”

Football Australia’s National Code of Conduct and Ethics, applicable across all levels, is crucial in combating negative experiences faced by match officials. NSFA encourages all members to familiarise themselves with and adhere to this code, ensuring football remains enjoyable and safe for everyone involved.

Recent incidents, including online abuse towards match officials and inappropriate behavior by team officials, underscore the urgency of addressing these concerns. Football Australia’s commitment to taking tough action against those who abuse match officials is fully supported by NSFA.

In our dedication to fostering a respectful and safe working environment for NSFRA officials, NSFA emphasises collaboration between football organisations. We urge all clubs, players, coaches, and supporters to work together to improve the culture surrounding football.

NSFA acknowledges the A-League serves as the shop window for most soccer viewers in Australia. The impact of incidents at this level trickles down to the grassroots, affecting the retention of match officials. We share Football Australia’s concern about the alarming trend of losing 40% of registered match officials annually. NSFA aligns with Football Australia’s call for a national unified approach to stop unacceptable behaviour and send the right message to our members.

Ready to make a difference on the field? Sign up to referee this year with the Northern Suburbs Football Association and contribute to creating a positive and respectful football environment.

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