Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct

We have a responsibility to promote high standards of behavior in the game. The Midlothian Soccer Association has implemented this code of conduct to ensure soccer can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment. Remember, youth soccer is a time for players to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything. Play your part and help enforce the Code of Conduct for Spectators and Parents/Guardians at all times.


I will:

  • Remember that children play for FUN
  • Applaud effort and good play as well as success
  • Always respect the referee’s decisions
  • Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectators’ Area
  • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
  • Recognize that coaches and Board members are volunteers, giving of personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials
  • Avoid criticizing a player, coach or referee for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning
  • Accept the results of each game. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and to turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement 
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behavior

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by MSA. I may be:

  • Issued a verbal warning from a referee or MSA official
  • Obliged to leave the game fields
  • Cause forfeiture of game(s)
  • Required to meet with an MSA board member
  • Required to appear before the MSA Appeals and Discipline committee
  • Obliged to undertake an education course
  • Required to complete volunteer hours with MSA
  • Requested by the club not to attend future games
  • Required to leave the club along with any dependents