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Players Code of Conduct

MTFC prides itself on being a welcoming environment for players that is free from bullying, aggressive behavior, poor attitudes, or bad sportsmanship.  This should be reflected by the coaches, parents, and players.

As a player, you are expected to:

  • Be respectful of your coaches and teammates. 
  • Refrain from the use of profanity at practices and the games.  A yellow or red car will be issued to players that use profanity during a game, regardless of whether or not it is directed towards another individual.
  • Accept the decisions made by the referees with complaint or argument.
  • Refrain from negatively addressing the opposing team , their parents, or their coach.
  • Arrive on time for practices and games.
  • Give your full effort for your team at each practice and game.
  • Strive to friendships on your team and within the league.
  • Report any injuries sustained to your coach for assessment.
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship in victory and defeat.
  • Respect the property of the club and the Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation Department.  Refrain from damaging the fields, concession stand, goals, or nets.  Hanging from the goals is not permitted.
Aggressive behavior shown towards another player including verbal abuse, pushing, tackling without playing the ball, or striking another player will be grounds for receiving a yellow or red card depending on the judgement of the referee.  If a player receives a red card, they are removed from that game and are also required to sit out the following game.  Striking another player will not only result in a red card, but will also trigger a minimum of a 4 game suspension up to expulsion for the remainder of the season.   This is unacceptable behavior that will trigger the immediate engagement of the Board of Directors to make a determination on the level of action to be taken.

Coaches Code of Conduct

MTFC is a volunteer organization. Therefore, we are always seeking parents and/or coaches that want to make a difference in the lives of children. Without volunteers our program would not be able to function.
Coaches are expected to meet the following criteria:
  • Serve as a positive influence by displaying good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Refrain from the use of bad language, alcohol or tobacco products while in the presence of the team. 
  • Be on time for games and practices.
  • Make practices and games fun for all children.
  • Communicate regularly with the parents/players.
  • Encourage all children regardless of their skill level.
  • Be a good ambassador for the league.
  • Attend coaches meetings before, during and after the season.
  • Attend the coaches' training sessions.
  • Submit to a league-provided background check.
  • Submit player rating forms upon request.
Although the coach will stress the importance of trying hard at all times, winning is not in the above list of priorities. As a matter of fact, it is not on the list at all.  

Disputes involving a coach or referee should be addressed to the Board of Directors.

Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct

Among other things, the MTFC parent code of conduct states “I will not criticize referees, I will address any problems quietly and only with my team coach, I will set a good example of sportsmanship for the children, and I will always refrain from using abusive or profane language.” 

In the event a coach, parent, or spectator loses his or her temper during games and displays unsportsmanlike like conduct, the referee has the authority to ask such individuals to leave the park property. If asked to leave the park you are expected to do so immediately. Refusal to do so voluntarily will result in your being escorted from the park by the proper authorities.
The referee also has the authority to suspend or cancel the game should it become necessary. The league has a disciplinary committee to address behavioral issues as needed which could lead to temporary and/or permanent expulsion from the league.
Spectators should remain on the side of the field opposite the team bench between the corner flags during games. Spectators are not allowed to stand at either end of the field while the game is in process. Each team is allowed two coaches on the team sideline during games. 
Concerning Referees
MTFC referees are to be treated with the respect. Oftentimes our referees are at the beginning stages or their refereeing careers and are working to gain experience and improve their ref skills just as your children are working to improve their soccer skills. 

The number one cause for referees quitting after a season or two is fear; not fear of making a mistake as much as fear of verbal abuse from a parent, coach or player. Knowing the rules does not make referees infallible. Referees, just like players and coaches, make mistakes. The referee has a much different angle on what happens on the field than a player or coach and is in better position to make a judgment call on what actually did or did not occur. For example, in soccer, unlike other sports, the referee will often see a foul and purposely not whistle the infraction when so doing would actually benefit the offending team. 

Please don’t say anything to a referee you would not want someone saying to your child. 


Middle TN Futbol Club
PO BOX 482 
Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37070

Email: [email protected]

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