English Football authorities have got together to announce new steps to crack down on the poor behaviour of players on the pitch, coaches on the touchline, and supporters in the stands.

The initiative, being promoted as the Participant Charter, will see match officials empowered to take more robust action alongside a consistent application of the existing measures when participant behaviour falls below expected standards, and The FA will apply stronger supplementary disciplinary action.

Captains are expected to take responsibility for their team-mates, encouraging them to play fairly and show respect towards the match officials and their decisions. 

Where match officials are confronted, surrounded or their personal space invaded by multiple players, at least one player will receive a card. The FA could also take further action against the club. 

New measures will include:
• A new technical area code of conduct to require managers, coaches and other club staff members to behave in a responsible manner.
• Increased financial penalties for serious and repeat offenders. 
• Academy scholars to undertake refereeing courses to improve players’ education into officiating.

There will be an effort to increase the flow of matches with leniency placed on physicality. Players will avoid receiving cards for unsporting behaviour if the referee is certain their challenge was made in an attempt to play the ball.

In an effort to crack down on time-wasting, referees will now add additional time to make up for celebrations that cause a delay in gameplay. While there is some discretion involved, this change aims to discourage teams from taking too long to stop celebrating a goal. The extra time will be added at the end of a half.

During penalties, goalkeepers will not be allowed to partake in 'mind games' such as distraction techniques, delaying the spot-kick or touching the woodwork and net.

The Offside Rule in the updated Laws of the game state that "a player who is clearly offside should not become onside on every occasion when an opponent moves and touches the ball." The aim is to provide clarity regarding whether a defender deliberately played the ball or if it deflected off them. However, the wording of the rule remains open to interpretation by different match officials.

Also, there will be a zero-tolerance policy on tragedy chanting, with offenders in the stands given stadium bans and potential criminal charges.