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Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:23AM by Anthony Shaw

Respect is the collective responsibility of everyone in soccer to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. It is the behavioral code for soccer.

Respect is The US Referee Connection (USRC) program to address unacceptable behavior in soccer – on and off the pitch. Respect is a continuous program, not a one-time initiative. On average, thousands of referees quit soccer every year because of the abuse they receive from players and from the sidelines. Lots of children also quit soccer because of the attitude and actions of over-enthusiastic and pushy parents.

In response, The USRC Respect program provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, referees, players and parents from grassroots to elite soccer to ensure a safe, positive environment in which to enjoy the game. These tools include agreed codes of conduct, in-service training for Referees, Respect club package, designated spectator areas and ensuring captains work with referees to manage player behavior.

The USRC has also launched a free online Respect Parent Guide to highlight examples of poor behavior and, more importantly, how it can be improved.

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