The FA(FIFA) is responding to a plea from grassroots soccer to tackle 

unacceptable behaviour in soccer. RESPECT aims to tackle the mass 

drop-out of referees from soccer due to abuse.

Thousands of referees dropped out of the game last season, which 

has led to the number of match officials hitting it’s lowest ever level.


RESPECT  also aims to bring the fun back to soccer for young players.

Parents and coaches pushing too hard and pressurising children 

for three (win) points is having a negative impact on their development 

and enjoyment of the game.

Fact: 98% of referees have been verbally abused

Fact: 27% have been physically abused

One in three grassroots matches is now played without a qualified match official.

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