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Respect Campaign

Updated 8 April 2015


Football West has launched a new Respect campaign aimed at educating players, coaches and spectators about the role of the men and women who control our games.

The new campaign, which is backed by Football Federation Australia and was developed in conjunction with England’s Football Association, also aims to combat anti-social behaviour and end the abuse of officials.

Several senior competitions will kick-off this weekend and Football West wants players and spectators to heed the campaign message.

Clubs can get on board by hosting a 90-minute interactive presentation that will give members a better understanding of refereeing.

Football West Referee Development Manager Eddie Lennie, who was a whistle blower at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, said there was a real need for everyone, including the mums and dads of junior players, to respect officials.

“Football West will be one of the first Member Federations to roll out this national campaign and as such there will be a lot more attention on our leagues to see how successful the campaign is,” Lennie said.

“It’s all about education and the need to RESPECT each other’s roles in the game.”

For more information, or to arrange a presentation at your club, contact



Football Federation Australia and Football West are responding to the growing concern from all levels of football to tackle the unacceptable behaviour in today's game.

Respect is a continuous campaign aimed at creating an enjoyable playing environment that allows people to play, officiate and watch football without being abused, mocked, insulted, jeered, physically assaulted and unnecessarily criticised.

Football West has also created a presentation for all participants in the game regarding Respect. This can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:   Initiates file downloadFootball West Respect Campaign

Respect is a program that was initially launched by The FA in England at the commencement of the 2008-09 season, and has been adapted by Football Federation Australia and Football West for our local needs. The bottom of the page shows two videos that have been developed by The FA in order to illustrate Respect to the general public.

If you have any questions regarding Respect, please contact Eddie Lennie, Football West's Referee Development Manager on 9422 6907 or email

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