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Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

Player's Code of Conduct

With very few exceptions, DIFL follows the FIFA guidelines. We do so because we think it’s important that players understand the game by learning the rules and knowing them. On the pitch, the Refs interpret the rules and apply them. We expect everyone to accept the Referee’s decision.

The Delhi International Football League insists on good manners by all players, spectators and parents. We expect players to show courtesy to teammates, to the team management, to the opposite team and to the Referees. We encourage players to shake hands with the opposite team at the end of a match. DIFL expects players to turn up to practice, to let the Manager/Coach know in advance if you can’t turn up, to arrive on time, and to come with your kit, your shin pads and water.

The Delhi International Football League insists on good manners by all players, spectators and parents. We expect players to show courtesy to teammates, to the team management, to the opposite team and to the Referees. We encourage players to shake hands with the opposite team at the end of a match. DIFL expects players to turn up to practice, to let the Manager/Coach know in advance if you can’t turn up, to arrive on time, and to come with your kit, your shin pads and water.

DIFL gives the highest emphasis to Good Sportsmanship.

Parental Code of Conduct

As a parent of a player in the Delhi International Football League, I understand and agree to the following:

  • DIFL is run to allow children to play and to learn the rules of football, make new friends, play alongside children from other backgrounds and schools, to understand team play and develop sporting behavior.
  • I appreciate that DIFL is organized by volunteers, who devote a large amount of time and energy to enable my child to play football.
  • I will support DIFL in any way I can.
  • I understand and accept that I cannot specify which team my child plays in.
  • I accept that I cannot guarantee s/he will play in a team with his or her friends or from the same school.
  • I acknowledge and accept that my child’s team will be made up of mixed abilities, different nationalities and from different schools.
  • I accept that the placing of a child in a team is the responsibility of DIFL and that theirs is the final authority.
  • I have read the Child Protection Policy and I will abide by it.
  • My child will NOT be more than 17 years and 6 months of age or older on 1st January 2015.
  • I will encourage my child to respect and be courteous to other players, the coaches, managers, and DIFL organizers and referees.
  • I will act as a role model for my child and their team in this respect.
  • I understand that DIFL has hired professional referees to adjudicate matches, and their decision is final.
  • I understand that the referees have difficult jobs and I will do all I can to support them.
  • I will neither publicly criticize the referees, coaches or managers nor encourage my child to do so.
  • Any complaints I may have I will take up with the appropriate official once the match has finished.
  • If I have any questions or concerns I will approach my team’s Coach or Manager at an appropriate time (not in the middle of a match or in the evenings and not in front of the players).
  • I understand that communication is by email or via the web page ONLY and that the appropriate email ID is difl@difl.org and DIFL’s website address is: www.difl.org .
  • I understand that if I do not abide by this code, my child may be suspended from playing in DIFL.

DIFL CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

1. This code applies to Managers, Head Coaches, Coaches, Parents, Spectators and Players.

2. CODE OF CONDUCT

The behaviour of the players is influenced by the attitude and behaviour of the team’s manager, coaching staff, spectators and parents, all of whom have a responsibility to promote good sportsmanship by being positive role models.

    Your support is crucial to the success of the league. We ask you to lead by example.

  • Head Coaches, Coaches, Managers, Parents and Players shall take all possible steps to promote the reputation of the game of Football and to prevent it being brought into disrepute.
  • Managers, Head Coaches, Coaches, Parents and Players shall observe and respect the authority and decisions of Match Officials and will not enter into any argument or show dissent towards a Match Official at any time.
  • Managers, Head Coaches, Coaches, Parents and Players shall take all steps to observe and respect the authority and decisions of Match Officials and to promote the highest standards on the field of play.
  • Criticism of a referee’s performance is not to be aired publicly or in a fashion likely to undermine his/her authority on the pitch.
  • Managers, Head Coaches, Coaches and Parents will not enter the field of play unless permitted to do so by the Referee.
  • Head Coaches, Coaches, Managers, Parents and Players shall not use racist, abusive or other insulting or discriminatory language. Their behaviour should demonstrate that abuse, dissent and discrimination in any form are unacceptable.

3. REFEREES

The referee officiates to the best of his/her ability. Inevitably, as in all fields of human endeavour, he/she will make occasional mistakes. Nonetheless, the Referee is a symbol of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship. Never openly question his/her judgment or honesty. All decisions are final.

The referee may only change a decision upon realizing that it is incorrect or, at his/her discretion, on the advice of an assistant referee, providing that play has not restarted or that the game has not been declared over.

4. DIFL DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR FIELD OFFENCES

  • CAUTION and SENDING OFF OFFENCES
  • The Coach of a Player who has been cautioned or sent off in any match will be responsible for keeping a note of the total number of cautions recorded against the player during the current season and will adhere to sanctions stipulated herein below.

  • SANCTIONS: Cautions administered on the field of play
    • If a player accumulates 2 (two) recorded cautions (Yellow Cards) in consecutive games during the course of the DIFL season, (s)he will be suspended automatically for the next scheduled match.
    • Any player who records 4 cautions (yellow cards) or 2 Sending Offs (Red Cards) during the same season will be suspended automatically for the rest of the season.
  • SANCTIONS: Players sent off
    • A player who is dismissed from the field of play for receiving a second caution in the same match (or a Red Card) will be suspended automatically from the next scheduled match, following the match in which (s) he was sent off.
  • NON-COMPLIANCE to the abovementioned sanctions will result in the Coach’s Team Forfeiting the match 3-0
  • Complaints/Grievances
    • If you have a complaint about the behaviour of a Referee, Manager, Head Coach, Coach, Spectator or Parent, which includes using insulting, abusive demeaning or racist language, entering the field of play, or seeking to intimidate the referee or acting in a way that undermines his/her authority, or undermines the principles of sportsmanship, please report your opinion to the DIFL committee who will take further action as it deems necessary.
    • The DIFL committee will act as the grievance committee and shall have original jurisdiction and plenary powers to settle all grievances. The decision of the DIFL Committee in this respect will be binding and final.

5. CONSEQUENCES OF UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

Any Manager, Head Coach, Coach, Spectator, Parent or Player who is found guilty of unacceptable behaviour / conduct (including but not limited to usage of insulting, abusive demeaning or racist language, entering the field of play, or seeking to intimidate the referee or acting in a way that undermines his authority, or undermines the principles of sportsmanship) will be disciplined or removed from the current and/or subsequent season (which may include removal of their child). The decision of the DIFL Committee in this respect will be binding and final.