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Member behaviour in 2017

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As the beginning of the football season draws closer, Football West would like to remind members of its purpose – to allow Western Australians of all walks of life to play football in a safe, enjoyable environment. Poor “sideline behaviour,” whether it be at matches, clubrooms or on social media, places unnecessary stress on football participants and supporters, detracts from their overall enjoyment of the game and will not be tolerated.

Football West and FFA have codes of conduct in place that set guidelines for sideline behaviour, social media use and other areas including gambling. These guidelines prevent players, club officials, members and clubs from engaging in activities that denigrate others or bring the game into disrepute.

Football West members betting on the outcome of Football West organised matches can cause the perception of a conflict of interest or dishonesty. For this reason, members are prohibited from betting, gambling or having a financial stake in the outcome of any match organised by Football West.

Sideline behaviour also extends to social media. While social media can assist in promoting football, the ubiquity of social media means it has potential to quickly and easily disseminate inaccurate and possibly defamatory comments. Once incorrect or damaging comments have been made, they are difficult to correct or remove and may result in a person being liable for recourse.

Football West would like to remind its members that football should be played in an environment that is free from abuse and disrespect and where fun and participation is encouraged. In particular, parents and club officials are reminded they are setting an example for their children from the sidelines and through social media.

Football West strongly encourages all participants and club officials to review the Football West and FFA codes of conducts and other relevant regulations and policies available here.