The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA) Code of Ethics & Conduct is intended to help all stakeholders become the best they can be. MAYSA stakeholders include players, teams, parents, coaches, clubs and administrators. All are challenged to not only meet a high standard of sportsmanship, Fair Play and respect for the game but to set a high standard regardless of the actions or behavior of others.
All participants are encouraged to be familiar with the FIFA Laws of the Game and any US Youth Soccer, Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association or MAYSA adaptations. In addition, all participants are expected to show the utmost respect to referees at all times and abide by MAYSA No Tolerance Policy for Referee Abuse. Participants need not agree with the decisions of referees but are fully expected to accept and abide by the decisions. No individual may confront a game official at halftime, during the game or post game for any reason other than to retrieve player pass cards, shake hands or say “thank you”.
Players and Teams
Shall be respectful to opponents, game officials, spectators and the field of play itself before, during and after every training
Shall never use profane language, taunt opponents or attempt to injure an opponent in any manner.
Shall embrace the Spirit of the Game and the joy of competition over winning and losing.
Shall understand that the post-game handshake is an important symbol of sportsmanship and appreciation for the opponent and that
it is mandatory.
Must have a full understanding of the FIFA Laws of the Game and any adaptations.
Shall be familiar with MAYSA policies, including: Club Passing, use of Guest Players and MAYSA’s No- Recruitment Policy.
Shall emphasize the importance of participation, value of competition and player development over winning and losing.
Shall participate in the post-game handshake.
Shall refrain from negative coaching from the sidelines and refrain from yelling at players, opponents and game officials from
Shall be responsible for the actions of their players and spectators before, during and after a match. Coaches are expected to
consistently ensure a safe and supportive environment for players on both teams and referees.
Shall be aware that only the team’s coach is permitted to provide feedback regarding the referee. Further, referee comments,
questions or concerns may be directed to the Madison Area Soccer Referee Unit (MASRU) per the form available on the MASRU
Parents and Spectators
Are encouraged to cheer for sportsmanship and good plays, no matter who makes them.
Will abstain from the use of tobacco products and alcohol in the areas immediately surrounding the field of play.
Will be familiar with and aware of any specific rules or requirements for fields and facilities. For example, the prohibition of dogs (unless they are service dogs), which is typical at most (but not necessarily all) parks and facilities.
Will respect the team’s designated coach and minimize confusion among players by abstaining from coaching from the sideline.
Will interact in a cooperative and positive manner with the parents & spectators from the opposing team.
Club admin, directors, other staff
Will work cooperatively with MAYSA leadership and staff with respect to the registration of players, placement of teams,
scheduling and other administrative duties.
Will actively help MAYSA communicate its goals & policies and meet deadlines.
Will promote the growth of soccer throughout MAYSA, irrespective of club affiliation.
Any players, coaches, parents or administrators who violate the MAYSA Code of Ethics & Conduct or its intent may be subject to any or all of the following: a formal/written warning, suspensions ranging from a single game to a lifetime ban or other sanctions at the discretion of MAYSA Competitive Committee.
MAYSA reserves the right to apply the ‘Common Sense Rule’ to any actions by players, coaches, parents & spectators and club administrators which may not be specifically addressed by the Code of Ethics & Conduct.
The MAYSA Board of Directors and Staff will also be expected to hold themselves accountable to the MAYSA Code of Ethics & Conduct.