Let Us Play!

Why the campaign? – to provide the best possible soccer environment for our players.  At NLSA, we feel we have some of the best spectators in the state and in the country.  But, we want to make it better.

Let Us Play Campaign

Soccer is a player’s game; players need to be given the freedom to make decisions on their own without the fear of failure.  Instruction from the sideline, as well as interference in the referee/player/coach dynamics, can affect and influence the game; but more importantly the development of players.

There are three specific components of the game: the players, the coaches, and the referees.  Parents are spectators – there to enjoy, cheer, and watch their children as they play.  This is no different than our policy in regards to parents and players observation boundaries during training.

At NLSA, we all sign specific codes of conduct in relation to our role at the Club – players, coaches, and parents.  We are a Club that must hold each other mutually accountable for our actions.  Both the good and the bad.

The Let Us Play Campaign was fostered by Charlotte Independence Soccer Club and adapted for use at NLSA.  It is designed to be fully supportive of the Club’s goals and values, while not restricting anyone’s participation in their respective role at the Club.  This is our commitment to you, our members.


  • Are responsible for abiding by the code of conduct that they signed.
  • Are responsible for their preparation and performance during the game.
  • Are responsible for their actions on the field, and before and after the game, in regards to their teammates, opponents, and referees.
  • Are responsible for making decisions on the field (when to pass and when to shoot, etc.).
  • Are instructed to listen only to their teammates and the coaches during training and games.


  • Are responsible for abiding by the code of conduct that they signed.
  • Are responsible for the safety of the players during the course of the game.  They have the authority to take the team off the field if, ultimately, the safety of the players is a concern.
  • Are responsible for communication directed towards the referees.
  • Are responsible for taking action against parents that violate the code of conduct and put the spirit of the game in jeopardy.
  • Are expected to display a manner of professionalism regarding the game, players, parents, and referees.  Our coaches are role models for our players, their parents, and the Club.
  • Are expected to treat officials with respect and dignity, and shall teach their players to do the same.
  • Are expected to refrain from all manner of abuse and harassment of others, whether verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual, and shall oppose such abuse and harassment.


  • Are responsible for all their actions, including abiding by the signed code of conduct.
  • Are responsible to lead by example.  Respect.
  • Are responsible for making sure their child arrives at the field at an appropriate time, and is picked up promptly at the conclusion.
  • Are responsible for helping to establish the proper sideline behavior.
  • Are entitled to report any violations or improper parental behavior towards the appropriate Club official.
  • Are responsible for cheering on their child and team, and will refrain from verbalizing any instructional comments from the sideline or comments towards the referee crew.   Comments towards to the referees will not be tolerated.

NLSA has a zero-tolerance policy regarding negative comments directed at referees by any spectators, players, or coaches.  The coaching staff and team managers have been instructed to ask any violators to immediately leave the field.  Ultimately, if needed, players (including the player whose parent/guardian is not behaving appropriately) will be substituted off the field due to unruly spectator behavior.  Verbal Abuse and/or harassment towards referees will not be tolerated by NLSA.  Any spectator found guilty of referee abuse will have their membership revoked at the Club, without refund.