Referees all around the world can look forward to a weekend of trouble-free matches on 26 and 27 June as FIFA marks its third World Fair Play Day.
National associations, their leagues and clubs will once again be joining in the global movement to promote Fair Play in word and deed, on the pitch and off it.
The focus of attention will be on matches at the Women?s World Cup in the United States, with a total of eight matches to be played that weekend in Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington DC, including those between the United States and North Korea, and Germany and Brazil.
The impact of last year?s World Fair Play Day in the middle of France 98 helped make it a major success, especially with the historic photograph of the US and Iran teams posing together before the match. Similarly, it was decided to hold this year?s Fair Play Day again in the framework of a World Championship ? while all national associations are being encouraged to run their own projects, especially at grass-roots level.
It is the third time that FIFA has co-ordinated a weekend of Fair Play activities among its 203 member associations. The previous two editions have seen a series of activities at national level, with the FIFA Fair Play logo always in evidence in the stadiums. The distinctive logo also appears on a variety of items, such as the captains? armbands, referees? coins, water-bottles, T-shirts, caps and pennants -- as well as the ten-point FIFA Code of Conduct, which reads :
For the Good of the Game, Always:
- Play to win
- Play fair
- Observe the Laws of the Game
- Respect opponents, team-mates, referees, officials and spectators.
- Accept defeat with dignity.
- Promote the interests of football.
- Reject corruption, drugs, racism, violence and other dangers to our sport.
- Help others to resist corrupting pressures.
- Denounce those who attempt to discredit our sport.
- Honour those who defend football's good reputation.