EFPM Publishes Third Case Study on Fair Play Card to Support World Fair Play Day

The sport of Mamanet is the subject of the third case study of the application of the fair play card published on World Fair Play Day! The Fair Play card is issued in games to reward, recognise and promote acts of fair play, as opposed to the traditional yellow and red cards that recognise unfair behaviour.


In recognition of the inauguration of World Fair Play Day on the 7th September we are pleased to publish the third case study of the application of the green/white fair play card in the sport of Mamanet. Steve Town, the Chair of the EFPM Scientific (Academic) Advisory Committee and the author of the case studies said "I am delighted that this final study highlights the excellent practice in the sport of Mamanet in applying the fair play card as an exemplar for all sports governing bodies and federations."


Steve goes on to say that: "all three of the studies indicate clear evidence that the use and application of the card makes a significant difference to attitudes and behaviours in sport, particularly team sports and we now have a set of tested documents and templates that will complement the EFPM Fair Play Card Toolbox."


The study found that the philosophy of fair play runs deep in the culture of Mamanet which is very much a “sport for development movement”, and reaches across cultural, political and religious divisions.

Though the numbers surveyed in the case study were small it indicates that the application of the green card by Mamanet has had very positive results and can act as an exemplar for its application in other sports. The survey found that:-

  • The opinion of those surveyed is that the green card initiative has had a positive impact on the conduct of players and spectators, and the culture of the sport.
  • The fair play card would be beneficial in other sports and in schools
  • The embedding of the application of the card in Mamanets rules of the sport could be applied in any sport and are reproduced in the case study
  • Training in the use and application of the card is also a very good example of application and is included in all coaches, referees, and officials courses.
  • The application and management of the card system could be improved by better promotion, awareness raising, and linking to awards and points in leagues and tournaments.
  • There was general agreement that the card works best in promoting fair play if it is part of a wider educational approach, and linked to a programme of education etc. There was no support for increasing sanctions as this was deemed negative and giving attention and possible reinforcing “poor” behaviour.

A set of recommendations for Mamanet and EFPM conclude the study, which Steve hopes will be taken forward.

One participant in the research said "The world of sports needs a fundamental change. The green card is a first step in this change. We need to respect the opponent and be a role model for others in both professional sport and sport for all!!"

For more relevant information please click on the inserted data sheets in PDF-format.