Hoo, Boy….

Football Association laws dictate that from this season, the results of matches between children aged seven and eight must not be published, league tables must not be kept and prizes must not be given out.

Some local associations have chosen to extend the regulations even further, it has emerged, banning league tables and trophies for 9, 10 and 11-year olds as well.

How did we move from a satire where all must have prizes to, 150 years later, a reality in which none can?

6 thoughts on “Hoo, Boy….”

  1. This is very surprising. The Glorious Brown himself decreed that schools should encourage competition last year, whilst I remember a survey printed by one of the nationals recently that showed a huge majority of parents were fed up with the competition-less environment at schools. They’re behind the times.

  2. I coach in a boys football club – for our under-7s and under-8s sections, in the results column there is always a comment like “a great start!” or “unlucky!” or “a close game” so everyone knows the result anyway

  3. “This is very surprising. The Glorious Brown himself decreed that schools should encourage competition last year…”

    Yeah, but I think they knew he was a busted flush even then, so simply carried on regardless…

  4. Normally I’m in full agreement with the “It’s stupid to prevent competition argument” but in this case there’s a little more to it.

    The problem is coaches of kids this young just stick the biggest kid up front and let the other kids hoof it up to him. This is absolutely useless training for developing close control and the ability to remain calm in possession.

    They needed to try something to encourage a different way of playing youth football. This might not be it but it’s not come from the place the non-competitive sports days has. This is an attempt to win in the future!

  5. Just to add to Steve’s point, I had THE mos traditional headmaster at my junior school in all respects but he didn’t like competitive sports in this sense.

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