March 23rd, 2011 || Posted in Uncategorized

AO Code of Conduct – Act Above

“Act Above” – The American Outlaws Code of Conduct

 

What does it mean to be a part of the #AOFamily?

 

It means that you’re a part of some of the loudest, most passionate fans of our United States national teams. It means that you are the face of American soccer fandom here and abroad. It means that you are a member of an organization committed to the mission to “unite and strengthen” support for soccer in this country.

 

It means you are a part of something bigger than yourself.  It also means you have a responsibility to “Act Above”.

 

At the core of “Act Above” is that we, as members of American Outlaws, and those we bring to join us in our growing supporters sections, respect others regardless of whether they respect you.

 

Racism, discrimination, sexism, and disrespect towards fellow fans or fans of other teams have no place in AO. How you conduct yourself in and outside the stadium, at your chapter bars, and online, in your words and actions reflect on all of us.

 

This includes, but is not limited, to:

 

  • Use of flares, smoke bombs, or other incendiary devices in stadium
  • Throwing any objects onto the field of play during a match
  • Leading, participating, and/or encouraging in inappropriate chants
  • Physical harm or threats of physical harm to others
  • Disrespectful and/or hateful speech online

 

As the ranks of the American Outlaws grow so does our profile. The actions of a select few (even as they do not represent the entire group) make us all look bad.

 

It is up to all of us to make sure that we “Act Above” and to make sure others in and around AO do the same.  If you see individuals acting in way that violates our code of conduct, let them know, let us know, and please don’t participate in or encourage it. Everyone must be held accountable for his or her individual actions.

 

Our strength comes from how we unite our fan base and not how we tear down fellow U.S. fans or opposing fans. We know that every one of you believes in passionately supporting the team, but we must always do so in a way that is admired for how we act, not only in the U.S., but also around the world.

 

To “unite and strengthen” American soccer we must “Act Above”.

 

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Slurs, derogatory language, physical harm and/or threats of physical harm towards anyone are completely unacceptable and will be dealt with in the strictest possible terms. Any member of American Outlaws who does not follow our “Act Above” Code of Conduct is subject to removal from the organization pending an investigation.

 

We reserve the right to revoke anyone’s membership for his or her actions at AO events (whether national or local), U.S. Soccer games, and/or online that violates the letter or spirit of our “Act Above” Code of Conduct. Additionally you will lose all the privileges of being a member of AO (discounts, etc) including access to support section tickets.

 

You are responsible for your own actions as we are responsible for protecting our organization.

 

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If you are having problems with any opposing fans at a tailgate or in the stands. First, DO NOT ENGAGE WITH THEM and:

 

Text “SOCCER” to 78247 and U.S. Soccer staff will send a reply message to answer questions, provide information, and, if necessary, quickly dispatch assistance to the appropriate location. (Standard text messaging rates apply).

 

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If you believe a member of American Outlaws or someone attending an AO event is not following our “Act Above” Code of Conduct please complete the “AO Watch” form below so we can investigate and address any situation:

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Note: If you believe a crime is occurring or has occurred please report it to the proper local authorities immediately.