20-0 !!! Coach speaks out, Why are we seeing these scores every week??

20-0 games are soul destroying and can take weeks, 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 ?


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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 surly 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 !


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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 swop 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 call it having RESPECT you call it whatever you wish but honestly is it right !

I’d like to know how other coaches feel about this ! Parents too ! What’s your thoughts when your child has conceded 18 goals, who do you point the finger at or is it part of the game ?


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  • lionesses

    20/09/2016 - 11:12 am

    We have one team in our league who have been together longer than any other and to give them there dues there a good team! But they beat all the teams every time by a huge margin and I find it as a parent disheartening that the children seem to relish in the fact they know they will win! There manager also is only out to win at all costs! Trophys are most important to them! Children are not developing being beaten 10/20-0 by the same team week in week out! I personally think they should move up a league!

  • coconnorSLC

    21/09/2016 - 7:03 pm

    This is a timely and great topic! My U9 (Rec League) girls here in Salt Lake City, lost their first game as a new team, but have won their 2nd and 3rd with a combined 29-0. Last game (16-0) I switched D with O, told them to make sure they pass before taking to goal, etc., But the additional advice in this post is very helpful for next time, as it was quite awkward to shake hands with the other coach at the end of the game, who was respectful, though. We do have a couple girls on our team that should/could be playing at a higher level (Competition league), but that means more money and major logistics issues for that family. In fact, one of the girls dropped Comp because it was too much football for her and her family. I’m not sure how we can address that in our current set up here in Utah, as there is only Rec soccer(1 practice a week and 1 game a week), which is what we’re in, and Comp soccer(2-3 practices and 2 games a week!). I will definitley try to eliminate lopsided scores within a game from here on out, but I think this issue is greater than just the individual games. A hybrid league where it’s not so time consuming, but still provides a competitive environment, seems like a possible solution, but again that does not really exist here, yet. Thanks and I appreciate any other ideas on how to address this important issue.

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