Code of Ethics
The following are codes that we actively support at CDSL:
• Lead by example, on and off field, in both football and moral standards.
• Develop to the best of your ability your skills and footballing knowledge in order to pass this on to your team and players.
• Work in the best interests of the development of players.
• Put the interests of the club first in all matters.
• Work to ensure your team performs to the best of its ability.
• Support positively all activities arranged or promoted by the club.
• Keep the club informed on all matters relating to your team, players,finance, etc.
• Attend all club meetings.
• Be committed to the standards and traditions of CDSL.
• Promote at all times the good image and traditions of your club
• Allow the club promote the public relations functions and express your own personal views to the club first.
• Assist and help other teams (when required) in the interest of the club.
• Play for enjoyment.
• Play by the laws of the game.
• Always accept the referees decision.
• Play with control. Do not loose your temper.
• Play for yourself and your team – your team’s performance will benefit and so will your own.
• Be a "good sport". Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opponent.
• Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not "bully" or take advantage of any player.
• Co-operate with the coach, team mates and opponents.
• Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills, and feel good.
• At the final whistle applaud and thank your opponents and the referee for the match.
• Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents. Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.
• Win with humility – loose with dignity.
• Be on your best behaviour and lead by example.
• Applaud good play by the visiting team as well as your own
• Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would not be a match.
• Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.
• Verbal abuse of players or referees cannot be accepted in any shape or form. Players or referees are not fair targets for ignorant behaviour.
• Encourage players to play by the laws of the game.
• Encourage young players to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
• Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from soccer
• As a spectator, do not use profane language or harass referees, coaches or players. Do not publicly question the referees judgement and never their honesty.
• Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for young people.