Football is a game that owes much of its worldwide appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the SPIRIT OF THE GAME. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY for ensuring the spirit of fair play on the field of play rests with the CAPTAINS AND MANAGERS.
Captains and Managers are responsible at all times for ensuring that their players conduct themselves within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
According to the Laws, the Referee is the SOLE JUDGE OF FAIR AND UNFAIR PLAY. Captains are expected to ensure that all decisions are accepted without dispute.
Any player who shows dissent by word or action, or behaves in an irresponsible manner which may bring the game into disrepute is liable to disciplinary action by the referee which should be supported by the captain and manager.
The Spirit of the Game involves showing RESPECT for:
It is AGAINST the Spirit of the Game
There is NO PLACE for any ACT OF VIOLENCE on the field of play.
Captains, managers and officials together set the tone for the conduct of a football match.