20-0 games are soul destroying and can take weeks, or sometimes months to re-build a child’s self esteem so why do we witness it week in week out ! And who benefits from this score line?
So this weekend I’ve seen some interesting results and score lines come in from across the country. The league sometimes get things wrong and eventually these teams find themselves in the correct divisions, but what happens when it is wrong ?
What does a 20-0 score line feel like for a 9 year old keeper !
As a coach being 3/4 goals up without reply I’d have already started to implement challenges, you can only shoot with your weaker foot, you have to be facing away from goal and we can work on turns, no touch, one touch, multiple touch turns.
There’s plenty of challenges to offer and this surely benefits the development of all the children involved.
So phase one is working we’ve slowed the scoring down and the game has tightened up, but we’re still scoring with no reply 6-0 7-0 what next !
At this point surely you must be thinking I’m going to have to take a player off. But not until you exhausted all your options, you’ve set challenges, your playing your less developed players in their least favourite positions. And the strongest players are sat on the bench !
Is that fair ! Should they be punished for wanting to play and score goals. After all they’re 6/7/8/9 years old and want to score and score lots with it.
Do you swap 2 for 1 trying to not let the kids notice that they have one extra player on the pitch .
20-0 games are sole destroying and can take weeks, months to re build a child’s self esteem so why do we witness it week in week out !
I’d like to know how other coaches feel about this ! Parents too ! What’s your thoughts when your or is it just part of the game ?