Code of Conduct

AFC Lightning Code of Conduct

Managers, Coaches & Helpers

  • Attempt to set a positive example for others to follow.
  • Promote & develop the team having regard for the best interests of the players & supporters and the reputation of team/club & the national game.
  • Share your knowledge & experience when invited to do so.
  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
  • Not use or tolerate inappropriate/inflammatory language, gestures or sarcasm.
  • Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical & tactical levels of the team, and to obtain the best possible results using all permitted means.
  • Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.
  • Resist all illegal or unsporting influences.
  • Promote ethical & non-racist, non-sexist principles.
  • Show due respect to the players, coaches & supporters of all teams.
  • Show due respect and accept the decisions of the match officials without undue protest.
  • Avoid words or actions that may mislead a match official.


  • Show due respect to managers, coaches, supporters players & match officials at all times.
  • Make every effort to be punctual & correctly equipped/dressed for training & matches.
  • Make every effort to be attentive & develop abilities in terms of skill, technique, tactics & stamina.
  • Set a positive example & strive for your best possible performance – both in training & matches.
  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, including time-wasting & feigning injury.
  • Never criticise the mistakes of your fellow players.
  • Never use inappropriate language or gestures.
  • Make every effort to be consistent with Fair Play & the Laws of the Game.
  • Know & abide by the Laws, roles & spirit of the game, and/or the competition rules.
  • Accept success & failure, victory & defeat in an appropriate & sporting way.

Parents, Carers & Spectators

  • Accept the jurisdiction of the manager, coaches & helpers during matches, training & socials.
  • Show due respect to managers, players, coaches, players & match officials at all times.
  • Encourage & applaud effort, performance & good sporting behaviour – more than the result.
  • Maintain & give clear examples of appropriate standards of behaviour at all times.
  • Look for aspects to applaud & praise less-talented or ‘struggling’ players – or players who might otherwise be overlooked.
  • Judge players by their efforts & skills and not by their failures or deficits.
  • Always remember that children do not mean to make mistakes.

Additionally, Do Not…

  • Abuse or argue with managers, coaches, players or match officials.
  • Abuse, comment negatively or chastise a player for a mistake on the field of play.
  • Attempt to ‘coach’ or ‘manipulate’ players while they are playing.
  • Offer ‘tactical advice’ to a player that may contradict the manager’s game plan.
  • Use inappropriate language, gestures, sarcasm, racism, sexism or become violent.
  • Attempt to ‘referee’ a game by appealing for free kicks, off-sides etc.
  • Bring AFC Lightning into disrepute.