Code of Conduct


Football is For ALL and should be enjoyed in a safe, fun and inclusive environment, where you and I can play our part.

Respect is an important value in life, not just football. Leading with Respect is important to our County FA and we want to ensure that the match day environments played here are memorable for the right reasons. It’s all about creating the best possible football experiences.

Across our county there are so many people who champion the behaviours of Respect (for example fairness, integrity, inclusion and leadership) and can demonstrate how they have worked to make these behaviours a part of the game in their communities. We would like to unite the game in our county, by everyone championing Respect and coming together to positively impact one more or even many more.


Read more HERE


Shropshire Star feature after the ceremony



We Only Do Positive is back for the 2019/20

After the success of last season’s campaign showing 86% positive on & off pitch Respect marks across youth and mini-soccer fixtures, it is important that we continue to raise awareness of this crucial message for another season.

To help, we have provided assets for you to download and share amongst your clubs from kick off to full-time.

(Please note it is quicker to download asset packs on computer with WiFI)


Play your part
Create the right environment for your players, both on and off the pitch by promoting our code of conduct resources.


Spread the positivity
We have updated our promotional resources for you to share throughout the season with your coaches and parents.


Playing football and being invloved in a team game have a great deal to offer young people by helping them to develop a liking for active participation in a sport which can creatge an interest in personal fitness and health for the rest of their lives. For everyone to benefit from the opportunities offered it is essential that certain standards are met.

Football is the National game. All those involved with the game at every level and weather as a player, match official, coach, manager or administrator, have a responsibility, above and beyond compliace with the law, to act according to the highest standards of integrity, and to ensure that the reputation of the game is, and remains, high. This code applies to all those involved in football under the auspices of The Shropshire Junior Football League (The League) and The Shropshire Football Association.

“Aim to play a standard that should produce success without making winning the only goal”


It is a mandated requirement that all SJFL clubs MUST appoint match-day team Respect Marshalls for all ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ fixtures. In NOT doing so your club/teram will be in breach of the league’s codes of conducts and liable for charge under guidelines for FA CS Respect Leagues. Implementation of RMs will assist match officials in incidents or issues that may arise on match days however, ALL matters of misconduct WILL be reported to the County FA by the match official as/if required.
Author: SJFL Special Committee (Disciplinary)

All SJFL teams must appoint a match-day team Respect Marshall in accordance with guidelines for FA CS Respect Leagues. Please follow the links below to the rolls and responsibilities  of Respect Marshalls

Respect Marshalls Overview
Respect Marshalls guidelines

Please click on the Links below to download copies of SJFL Code of Conduct and The Respect Code of Conduct:(Under the Jurisdiction of The Shropshire Football Association):

Shropshire Junior League Code of Conduct
SJFL Respect Code
FA Respect Codes

More information on Raising Awareness (Best Practice), The Right People and Equality Standards can also be found on the following links:

Raising Awareness – Best Practice Downloads Section
Safeguarding Best Practice Policy and Procedures
Equality Standards – Equality and Diversity
FA Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination

The Right People
Responsible Recruitment procedures will help to screen out those people who are not suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. To make sure you are ‘getting the right people involved’ refer to The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines resource document. Read more here.

Fairplay in Football
Means that everyone connected with football..

  • Shows understanding of, and respect for the Laws of the Game.
  • Supports the belief that the game should be played in an entertaining and positive way.
  • Behaves on and off the field of play in a sporting manner towards all others involved, be they players, officials or spectators, irrespective of results.

Misconduct and Verbal Abuse
All players, Club Officials and Spectators are reminded that the use of foul and/or abusive language, racial chants and/or remarks are considered to be conduct liable to bring the game into disrepute and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken when any such instances are brought to the attention of The League and the County Association.

Please help to ensure that our games are not marred by such behaviour.

Safeguarding Children
FA Rules and Governance
Respect – set Your Stall Out


Oswestry Lions Under 13s

At The SJFL Festival of Finals, hosted by STITC at Ludlow Stadium, The Georgia Williams Trust, Respect partners to the league, presented the GWT/SJFL Respect Team of The Year award 2020-21 to Oswestry Lions U13s (who had just won the U13 Consolation Charity Cup final on penalties!) and then they went home with the sponsorship of a new kit for next season from the GWT! Well done.



Shrewsbury Up and Comers U12 Harriers

This team consistently topped the match day respect marks across team performance, players respect and those of their coaches and supporters and receives the top accolade as the league’s overall RESPECT League Winners. The League’s Respect awards are sponsored and presented by The Georgia Williams Trust.

Photo courtesy of Kidz in Focus



Prees Juniors Football Club

Recognised for stressing the importance of team spirit, integrity, fairness and enjoyment above an over-arching desire to win at all costs. Prees Juniors have actively supported players and coaches in embedding the values of Respect in everything that they do. Holding respect at the core of the club, it is evident to see the impact both in terms of football opportunities and engagement with the local community.

Photo courtesy of Yarrington Limited.



Shawbury United U13

Awarded to Shawbury Utd U13 and judged through the respect match report marks collected through Full-Time over the season.  This team consistently topped the match day respect marks across team performance, players respect and those of the coaches and supporters and now receives the top accolade as the league’s overall GWT League Winners. The League’s Respect awards are sponsored and presented by The Georgia Williams Trust.

Photo courtesy of Kidz in Focus (the official photographers to the League)



Gobowen Youth U14

The Georgia Williams Trust Respect winners for 2017 was presented Gobowen Youth U14. This is the third time this team has been Respect age group winners at U12, U13 and U14 (three consecutive years) and now receives the top accolade as the league’s overall GWT Respect team winners.

Photo courtesy of Kidz in Focus (the official photographers to the League), Respect is partnered by The Georgia Williams Trust and and Sportsjam who sponsor the Respect Futsal Festival.


SJFL provided a ninth and successful Futsal Respect Festival for U7/crèche to U10’s at Shrewsbury Sports Village with over 70 teams and 700 plus players participating. The festival is all about player development and respect in the game and the following respect team awards were presented:


Under 9 winners (sponsored by Sportsjam) – Shrewsbury Juniors


Under 10 winners (sponsored by Sportsjam) – Shawbury United Juniors