The first Mutual Respect coin

At the start of every game of football from grassroots leagues to the professional game, the referee stands beside two opposing teams, flips a coin and by the luck of heads or tails one team gets to kick off the game. It’s been done this way for decades and will continue to be done this way for decades too. It’s a tradition steeped in history and respect. Respect for the referee, the teams playing and the spectators.

That’s why this coin deserves to be special. And why we ran a competition, asking you to help us create the very first Mutual Respect Coin, to start every game with respect.


The competition — now closed

Entries closed on Sunday 20 June. Thank you for the hundreds of designs we received, all showing what mutual respect means to you.

Vote now for the winning design

11 designs have been shortlisted by our star-studded panel:

  • Former England goalkeeper David James
  • England internationals, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs
  • TV and radio personality, Jeff Brazier
  • Professional referee, Rebecca Welch
  • Director of Football Development at the Football Association, James Kendall, and
  • Director of Advertising at Nationwide Building Society, Paul Hibbs.

You can now choose your favourite!

Voting closes on Sunday 1 August at 11.59pm.

Announcing the winner

We’ll announce our overall competition winner during the week beginning 9 August. Keep an eye on our social media channels.

  • The winning design will be featured on the coin and used across the country.

  • The winner will also receive their produced coin which can be used at the start of games, and two tickets to an England game at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. Will it be the Lions or Lionesses – it will be totally up to you!

  • Shortlisted entrants will receive a tour, for themselves and a parent or guardian, of Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

Respect in football

The Coin for Respect competition is part of our pledge to ensure one-million players, parents and coaches get involved with the FA Respect campaign by 2023.