Rowdy parents are being banned from shouting out at children’s football matches this weekend in a bid to take pressure off youngsters and quell violent incidents.
Mums and dads have been issued with a code of conduct to adhere to while stood on the touchline at youth games.
They must remain silent during the games and are not allowed to cheer, gloat or antagonise the opposition or question the referee.
A separate list of ‘dos and don’ts’ has also been issued to team managers who have been told ‘not to coach players during play’ or ‘put down players.’
Anyone who falls foul of the rules will be asked to leave the park, either by a referee or a nominated ‘respect steward’.
The ‘Silent Weekend’ initiative is being organised by the Hampshire FA and is aimed at creating a positive environment for kids to play in and make them feel less anxious. Read more