FairPlay / Respect for football League sites

FairPlay is the online team behaviour rating service for grassroot junior football Leagues that want to identify and reward well behaved teams while identifying and calling to account the badly behaving teams. After each game, team officials report ratings for the opposition team. Overworked Team Managers can easily nominate Parent helpers to do this. These ratings drive most of the reports. 

End-of-season Awards

The League uses FairPlay to reward good behaviour. That means celebrating the best Supporters, best Players and best Managers, best overall teams.

The FairPlay service calculates and publishes Respect league tables on its website identifying the best behaving teams in each age group. This way they can be recognised and rewarded by the League and its sponsors. This aligns with the FA suggestions for Respect schemes.

Wycombe Wanderers FC sponsored the South Bucks Mini Soccer Conference FairPlay Award with a ceremony on the pitch and tickets to one of its matches for the entire winning team from each age group.
Wycombe Wanderers FC sponsored the South Bucks Mini Soccer Conference FairPlay Award with a ceremony on the pitch and tickets to one of its matches for the entire winning team from each age group.

Charts and reports after games

The league committee gets reports immediately after games which give early warnings. Tools support investigations into bad behaviour. If necessary eye-witness evidence from the system can be used in disciplinary hearings. Reports are provided in real time as match reports are submitted, and do not require IT skills to download or manipulate. The system generates charts to help visualise what is going on.

Easy to use

The FairPlay service synchronises with FA Full Time for fixtures but other fixture list sources are easily accommodated. FairPlay can handle double-header fixtures and preserve expunged games after a team moves division or folds mid-season.

The User Management included in the Fairplay service allows multiple team officials to have accounts and submit FairPlay / Respect reports, while ensuring teams get one vote only. Overworked Team Managers can easily nominate a helper parent to make the weekly submissions.

FairPlay is Software-as-a-Service, that is to say Leagues and team officials access it by signing in over the web. It is not necessary to install software on anyone’s PC. The online service collates multiple metrics about each of the thousands of junior games per season for each league. This means the ranking of hundreds of teams is backed up by a robust dataset.

Used by junior football Leagues

This service has been in operation with two junior football leagues between them managing 450 teams (about 5,000 players). The largest of these was the South Bucks Mini Soccer Conference FairPlay scheme which was live 2015-2019 containing 250 teams, and the other was Wycombe and South Bucks Minor Football League. This launched in 2011 and today runs in updated form on a WordPress based League site. The League has since grown to over 300 teams. I’m always happy to talk to more League committee members interested in using digital technology to manage team behaviour across their League.

FairPlay helps SBMSC win award.

FairPlay was a major contribution to South Bucks Mini-Soccer Conference, helping it win a county-wide FA award (more).

3.5m children play regular football each month in England (Source: FA, November 2014).  Thinkable Cloud’s FairPlay Software-as-a-Service helps junior football leagues meet challenges set by the FA in its  “Your guide to The FA’s Respect programme” :-

… Leagues have a role to play in highlighting teams that have a good record of behaviour. Many leagues operate marking systems for their clubs, publishing Fair Play Tables …..

Leagues must ensure that they collate evidence of poor behaviour … and pass this onto the appropriate County FA.

…  call clubs with poor behaviour to account …

Other related quotes from FA

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