Code of conduct


Virginia United Football Club has a proud history dating back 53 years to 1968 when it was founded. Our history is based on a strong community culture as well as a code of conduct which has contributed to our success. I would encourage everyone to please read, understand and acknowledge this code of conduct: 

Winning is important but it’s not the only thing. Good sportsmanship, personal development, fair play, enjoyment, friendship and new life experiences are all part of the soccer experience.

Remember that at the end of the day someone has to be beaten. It is a pointless exercise to lay the blame on others, rather use the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Always encourage yourself and others to do the best that you can even when the odds are against you. As long as you try you are a winner, the only way to lose is to give up.

Teamwork is the only way to reach your goal, which means every position on the field is as important as every other position. Preventing a goal is as vital as scoring a goal. A good team is prepared to share the glory and share the disappointment. (Not everybody can be a striker!)

Team selection is always a difficult task as there are a limited number of positions in a team and not everybody can make the A team. Keep in mind that it is often beneficial for a borderline player to play down a team as this allows for more opportunity on the ball and over time this builds confidence and experience and results in a better player.

Skipping practices lets the whole team down, consistent attendance is necessary for improvement of individual skills and it is imperative for working on team tactics. The more time spent practicing the greater the reward, so training need not be limited to official practices. Experimentation and trying of new things as well as established drills should be encouraged. Please don’t interfere with any equipment that is not yours and be responsible for your own equipment.

Rules are there for good reason and enhance the overall experience for players and spectators. Please stay off the field during matches and stay away from the goal posts. Abusive language and swearing will not be tolerated; the club can be fined for such transgressions. Cheating in any form is of course considered disgraceful.

A referee only has two eyes and cannot see everything. Do not publicly criticize or question their fairness or ability. Most often referees are voluntary and take on the role as nobody else is prepared to take on the responsibility. The referee’s decision is final.

Committee members, managers and coaches are all voluntary and dedicate their time and energy to the club for free. Open, two-way communication is essential and encouraged for the smooth running of the club. Concerns should be directed at the correct officials at the correct time. Remember sideline groaning and criticism only manifests in negativity. Please update your coach as to medical conditions, attendance and any other relevant information that may affect the player’s performance and enjoyment of the game. Also bear in mind that coaching from the sideline is disruptive for the players and only leads to confusion.


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