Spirit of Football
are crucial to the success of the Spirit of Football Campaign, as they are our
independent eyes and ears around the league. With this in mind please feel free
to remind players about this initiative before and during the game.
will find that on their result cards the references to Sportsmanship have been
changed to the more fully embracing heading of “Spirit of Football” which
covers behaviour, language, gamesmanship and respect for referees, team-mates,
opposition and spectators. The standard marking out of 10 applies and will form
an important element in establishing the season’s most deserving club.
feel free to add any comments on your result cards regarding the Spirit of
Football, whether positive (we hope) or negative. The more feedback we get, the
more support the campaign has.
the Spirit of Football Campaign to flourish, it is essential that it is embraced
by all of our member clubs, and the communities in which they operate.
would ask clubs to try to implement as many of the following points as
a bullet-point postcard to each of your members – players, managers,
you can pass postcards to local schools, colleges, youth clubs, newspapers
and so forth please do – this will generate more publicity for the league,
and extend our boundaries. The further this campaign can be spread the
the posters as prominently as possible in club-houses, changing rooms, etc
details can also be found on the AFC website –
Display Cards (A2 and A3 sizes) as featured at the Annual Dinner are also
available on request for League and Club functions, events and so forth.
Please ask for more information.
possible, please include the Spirit of Football branding on club
communications and publicity. All AFC clubs are encouraged to use the Spirit
of Football branding.
marking your opposition (out of ten) on the Comprehensive Result Sheet,
please consider all elements of the attitude in which they played within the
“Spirit of Football” – promoting fair play and respect for all,
including both language and general behaviour. Any mark of four or below
should be explained within the remarks column, or in a separate note.
marks, together with those given by referees on their report cards will be
important elements when considering the annual “Spirit of Football”
award to be made by the Amateur Football Combination. It is intended that
Clubs will recognise that this award will become a prestigious award made by
the league and sought after and valued by all.
possible, issue regular reminders of the Campaign to all captains/players.
It is essential to maintain momentum if the Campaign is to succeed.
of Football Co-Ordinator
If you have any queries, comments, thoughts or suggestions
about the Spirit of Football, please contact the Amateur Football
Combination’s Spirit of Football campaign co-ordinator, Rob Gibbs (Grasmere Nook, 56 The Chase, Eastcote, Pinner, HA5 1SN. Tel: 020
8866 2033) who will be more than happy to discuss any aspect with you.
Clubs or referees
who require any additional supplies of the cards and/or posters or wish to
borrow the display cards should also contact Rob.