Silent Sunday 2 – 16th & 17th March 2019
Following the positive feedback from the Silent Weekend in November, the Surrey Primary League and Surrey FA will introduce a second Silent Weekend on the 16th and 17th March 2019. Surrey FA have refreshed the communication guidelines for coaches relating to the weekend which can be found below.
The silent weekend will be mandatory to all SPL fixtures, from U7s up to U18s.
There should be no verbal communication from coaches & spectators on the touchlines but we do encourage all to applaud good play. We are expecting all clubs to actively participate in this initiative which will give the opportunity for players and coaches to develop.
Challenges that can be set for players
- Allow players to make mistakes
- Allow players to make their own decisions
- Consider setting players individual challenges at the start of the game. Share the challenge(s) set with the players parent/guardian and encourage them to watch out for success in achieving them
Benefits for players and coaches
- Players develop independent learning and decision making
- Coaches can assess the teams communication skills
- Players can concentrate on the game and not be distracted by the touchline
Stand back and watch your players play. Adopting a less direct and vocal role can help you see your players in a new light and make your feedback more specific to help them improve individually and within the team. You may choose to play four quarters, rather than two halves to increase the number of times you can feedback to your players.
- All clubs and teams are expected to take part in the Silent Weekend
- Share the codes of conduct (available below) with all your members, clubs, coaches, referees and contacts.
- Share the date with everyone! 16th and 17th March 2019.
- Contact your local press, pledging your support.
- Share your support on social media using the hashtag
What is the Silent Weekend?
The weekend will involve coaches and spectators having minimal verbal contact throughout games, to raise awareness of the need to create a positive and pressure- free environment in which children can enjoy football and learn to love and develop their game. We have seen similar initiatives being reported as a major success in other League and Counties, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/10693435/Sound-of-silence-speaks-volumes-about-bawling-parents.html
What are the coaches supposed to do if they can’t communicate?
Coaches are encouraged to give clear instructions to players before the game starts, take notes during the game and utilise half time or designated quarters to communicate to players positively. Also, coaches can communicate to players through the captain or substitutes during suitable breaks in play.
What will happen if spectators don’t follow the Code of Conduct?
Following the FA’s Respect Codes of Conduct, they may be asked to leave the venue, meet with the Club’s Committee and/or Welfare Officer, or asked not to attend future games.
Can we use this as a fundraising opportunity?
Absolutely! You can tie a sponsored Silent Weekend in with a local charity or with a national charity.
How will you know if it has been successful?
Post event feedback will be gathered and shared with clubs & leagues.
Codes of Conduct
You can download, print and share the following code of conducts with your coaches, players, match officials and spectators.
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Spectators and Parents
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Young Players
- FA Respect Code of Conduct – Match Officials
Thank you for your cooperation.
League Management Committee