Code of Ethics
At its mid-year meeting in
2001, the NSCAA Board of Directors approved the following Code of Ethics and
Conduct, which was implemented immediately. It is provided here as a service to
Members who have questions
concerning this Code of Ethics and Conduct or who wish to become involved with
the committee’s work in ethics for the sport of soccer, please contact:
Chair, NSCAA Ethics Committee
14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
Office Phone: 706-419-1513
is the players’ game. The paramount concern of coaches is the holistic
development, welfare, enjoyment and safety of their players.
bear responsibility for teaching their players to strive for success while
playing fairly, observing the Laws of the Game and the highest levels of
shall treat officials with respect and dignity, and shall teach their
players to do the same.
opponents are worthy of being treated with respect. Coaches will model
such respect for opponents and expect their players to do likewise.
both victory and defeat, the behavior of a coach shall model grace,
dignity and composure.
shall adhere to the highest standards and the regulations of the
institutions they represent: clubs, schools, sponsoring organizations and
sports governing bodies.
have a responsibility to promote the interests of soccer, including
treating media with courtesy, honesty and respect.
shall model inclusive behavior, actively supporting cultural diversity
while opposing all types of discrimination, including, but not limited to,
racism and sexism, at all levels of soccer.
are responsible for taking an active role in education about, and
prevention and treatment of, drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, both in
their own lives and in the lives of their players.
shall refrain from all manner of personal abuse and harassment of others,
whether verbal, physical, emotional or sexual, and shall oppose such abuse
and harassment at all levels of soccer.
shall respect the declared affiliations of all players, and shall adhere
to all guidelines and regulations on recruiting established by the
governing bodies having oversight of their teams and leagues.
shall seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles
of soccer and shall use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all
behavior that brings disrepute to the sport - violence, abuse, dishonesty,
disrespect and violations of the Laws of the Game and rules governing