Spectator Behavior Alert

posted on October 30, 2023

GFCYSL Fall 2023 Teams

Dear Soccer Parents,

GCFYSL is growing concerned over increased reports of poor and even dangerous behavior by spectstors at league games. Players and officials have experienced inappropriate language, verbal harassment, and even physical threats. Games have been stopped due to sideline misconduct. While we know most of you follow the standards outlined in the FYSA Code of Ethics, we would like to remind everyone to not yell insults at or interact with players on the field. This is youth soccer and children should not be subjected to harassment from the sideline.

Also note that spectators are not allowed on the field or at the bench at any time before or after a game. Once a game is complete, please leave the sideline and meet your player at a pre-designated point. Under no circumstance should a parent approach an opponent player, coach, or parent, as well as referees, in anger.

Each club has a league Point of Contact (POC). If you feel a game issue needs to be addressed, contact your club’s Director who will work with the POC and GCF.

Below are the FYSA Code of Ethics. We support parents who are passionate about their child’s soccer experience. Please support your player with positive, non-distracting conduct. Help eliminate hostile behavior targeted towards players, coaches, parents, and most notably referees to make youth soccer a safe and fun environment.

Thank you,

FYSA Code of Ethics: Parents/Spectators

  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, game officials, and administrators at all times.
  • I will place the emotional and physical wellbeing of all players ahead of any personal desire to win.
  • I will support the coaches, officials, and administrators working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
  • I will remember that the game is for the players, not for the adults.
  • I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, game officials, administrators, and fans with respect.
  • I will always be positive.
  • I will always allow the coach to be the only coach.
  • I will not get into arguments with the opposing team’s parents, players, or coaches.
  • I will not come onto the field for any reason during the game.
  • I will not criticize game officials.
  • I shall not possess, consume or distribute before, during or after any game or at any other time at the field and/or game complex alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription drugs.
  • I will refrain from any activity or conduct that may be detrimental or reflect adversely upon FYSA, its members or its programs.
  • I will not engage in hate speech.