We are concerned that the beautiful game of football is in decline. Football for children is now very different from earlier generations when the only adult involvement was a call from your mum that your tea was ready. Football is no longer beautiful for our kids anymore: it’s ugly.
Too competetive, too controlled?
In a world where children can no longer play outside without supervision, parents and coaches seems to have taken over. And the competitive drive adults bring to the game means youngsters no longer have time to fall in love with football, to play for fun and thus truly to develop their own skills.
Today’s children learn from the grown-ups. Without the freedom of the streets, their early experiences of football are organised, supervised and coached. They have no real say in what happens, and they don’t have time to develop and learn.
The problem areas in football for kids are:
• No longer the children’s game – football is controlled by adults
• We see the same children on the bench or omitted every game
• Coaches and parents screaming from the touchlines
• Too much winning focus – before fun and development
• Not enough free play where children can solve their own problems
• Children are not encouraged to express themselves
• Children no longer learn about the spirit of the game for themselves
Join our efforts to change this!