Online Safety

The FA has safeguarding guidance for anyone working in football who engages online with under-18s.

The FA encourages the appropriate use of social media to help run your teams and leagues, communicate with players (via their parents/carers when under 16), appoint referees, log results, and much more.

Whatever way we communicate, safeguarding principles remain the same. Retaining boundaries is just as important online as it is offline.

Remember we all create our own digital footprint every time we post comments, photos, and videos. Be sure before you post. If you wouldn’t say or do something face-to-face – then don’t do it online.

If you have a role in football then always make sure communications are relevant to your role – focus on the football, don’t share personal info or comments.