While the majority of stakeholders display high levels of respect, certain issues still exist in relation to the standards set by players, volunteers and spectators.
The new Volunteer Match Monitors Programme is seeking to improve those standards throughout the country, resulting in a more enjoyable environment for kids to play football.
Irish FA volunteer development and policy officer Stephen Garrett developed the programme and co-ordinated its launch at the Community Football Day at Mallusk Playing Fields.
He explained: “We have teamed up with the Northern Ireland Boys’ FA to kick-start this scheme.
“The new volunteer match monitors reflect the diversity of the grassroots game. They will monitor games on a weekly basis and observe the behaviours and attitudes of those involved.
“Ultimately this will make grassroots football a much more enjoyable place for kids to learn and play football.”
Ten monitors have initially been signed up to participate in the programme.
They will attend games each week and observe volunteers, players and spectators across a number of different subject areas, including respect of match officials, use of language, demonstration of fair play, safety and discipline of teams.
For more information on the new programme or volunteering at the Irish FA contact Stephen Garrett via firstname.lastname@example.org