Code of Conduct

Chicago Table Soccer Club has very high standards by which our players are expected to abide. Our players are expected to conduct themselves at the highest level of an ethical and honest manner.

Below are the values for which our club stands for:

  • Our players always support each other. It is imperative that we are loyal to each other and to our club. We win together and we lose together.
  • Chicago T.S.C. players treat with dignity and respect all the players, clubs, both national and international that are associated with table soccer.
  • Our players treat the sport of table soccer with integrity and celebrate the game’s tradition and history.
  • It is demanded that our players play with honesty and class.
  • Profanity directed to a Club mate, opponent or referee is unacceptable. Any first offense will result in a final warning, while a second offense will result in a termination of Club membership.
  • Club members are free to participate in any table soccer tournament that they wish to.

Additionally, our club embraces and promotes the following values and principles as they are defined by table soccer’s world governing body, the Federation International Sports Table Football:

  • Respect to all: For every athlete, playing by the written rules is mandatory. Respecting the unwritten ones is a must. Fair play requires unconditional respect for opponents, fellow players, referees and fans.
  • Friendship for all: Rivalry on the field does not exclude friendship. On the contrary. Friendship could grow from noble rivalries.
  • Team spirit: Individuals can be strong on their own but they are much stronger in a team. Victory achieved alone can be sweet but there is nothing sweeter than sharing that moment with your team.
  • Fair competition: To enjoy the fruits of success it is not enough to win. Triumph must be scored by absolutely fair means and by honest and just play.
  • Sport without doping: Someone who takes drugs cheats. Someone who cheats ruins the game. Someone who ruins the game cannot be played with.
  • Equality: Competing on equal terms is essential in sport. Otherwise performance cannot be measured properly.
  • Integrity: Being honest and having strong moral principles are essential to fair play. Practicing sport within a sound ethical framework is vitally important if you aim to be a true champion.
  • Solidarity: It is important to support each other and share feelings, aims and dreams. Mutual support brings mutual success on and off the field.
  • Tolerance: The willingness to accept behavior or decisions you may not agree with develops your self-control. Ultimately that could be the deciding factor when it comes to winning or losing.
  • Care: True champions care about each other as they are well aware they could not be where they are without being cared for by others.
  • Excellence: Sport engages us in a collective effort to pursue human excellence.
  • Joy: Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games said: ’The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.’ Competition can be severe but you should always first look for joy when practicing any sports. You should never forget about the play even in the heat of the fight.
  • Fair play for champions of sport: There is no sport without fair play and there are no champions either.
  • Fair play for champions of everyday life: Fair play is a philosophy – one of respect for others, and respect for the institution of sport. It leads to an agreement, between all of those involved in sport, on the values and lessons that we want sport to teach our children and ourselves.