North West Sydney Football (NWSF) and North West Sydney Football Referees Association (NWSFRA) urge our community to PLAY YOUR PART TO STOP THE ABUSE OF REFEREES.
The NWSF RESPECT program was introduced in 2016 and is an ongoing journey to change to culture in Football to a consistently positive and rewarding one
The Fundamental Aim of the RESPECT program is to encourage Respect towards:
-The match officials, without whom the game would be much less enjoyable
-The opposition, without whom there would be no game
-The laws, which keep the game fair and safe
-Yourself, set yourself standards and stick to them no matter what anyone else does
Abuse of referees is occurring locally and will not be tolerated at any level. #RespectTheRef #RespectTheGame
-Officials are also there because they enjoy the game
-They will do their best to keep you safe and enforce the rules
-They are people too. Most likely part of your own football community or a nearby club
-They may make a mistake as do all of us on the field.
-There is never an excuse for treating them with disrespect.
-Support them especially when they are wrong.
-Abusing a referee will never change a decision. It may lead to you being sanctioned. It does certainly lead to match officials giving up and not returning.
Enjoy the game. Be positive to all around you. Be the person that others look forward to playing again.