Tag: grassroots football

FA REITERATES GUIDANCE NOT TO PUBLISH YOUTH LEAGUE RESULTS

The FA has reiterated its decision to prohibit the publication of results and league tables for teams playing from Under-7s through to Under-11s.

Amid recent reports in the media, The FA’s decision to restrict the publication of outcomes of matches has come under scrutiny.

Pete Ackerley, The FA’s Head of Participation told TheFA.com: “This guidance is not new. As a result of significant consultation and research undertaken across the game with children [players],  parents, coaches, clubs and league volunteers, The FA decided in 2012 to extend its implementation from U7s through to U11s.

“The feedback we got was simple – children are competitive by nature, they want to win and don’t need a league table or results section on a website to confirm this.

“Our ambition is for football to be progressive and child-friendly and to move away from the win-at-all-costs mentality that has been recognised to stifle development and enjoyment in sport.”

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The decision forms part of the implementation of The FA Youth Development Review, a document spanning 25 recommendations based on research and feedback from across the country over two years and published in 2012.

The recommendations included reduction of pitch sizes, number of players and coach development.

Working together with a proactive attitude, adults can help develop a better learning environment for young people that puts their needs at the centre of the process.

Since its implementation there has been a 17.5 per cent rise in the number of teams involved in mini soccer. There are currently 24,710 mini soccer teams registered in England, up by 3,800 in three seasons.

“During seasons teams are allowed to play festivals where there are, of course, winners and losers,” added Ackerley.

“Teams can play for trophies in a true competitive style. What differs is that at this age, competition takes place in trophy events rather than across a season-long period.

“These positive changes have been put in place to improve enjoyment, fun and development of young players allowing more touches, on a better proportioned pitch with an increase of involvement in the game as a whole.”

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What this means for young players

U7/U8: Even the youngest children will benefit from having the opportunity to play for a cup, two or three times a season. This competition can take place over a two-week period and, for example, can include a knock-out cup event. This means that over a typical 26-week season, six weeks of this will be focused competition.

U9/U10: As children grow developmentally and cognitively, the periods of competition can increase further as their views of the world start to widen. Therefore competition can now take place over a four-week period and, for example, can include group stages and a cup final. This means that over a typical 26-week season, 12 weeks of this will be focused competition.

U11: Children can now start to understand whether a team beats them because they tried harder or they were better players, something they cannot often do before this age. This competition can take place over a six-week period and, for example, can include a Champions League style event. This means that over a typical 26-week season, 18 weeks of this will be focused competition.

Airbus UK Football Club Tournament

Tournament Name: Airbus UK Football Club Tournament
Tournament Date: 27/05/2018
Tournament Organiser: natalie davey
Tournament Web Address: www.airbusfc.com
Team Age Groups: Under 8’s, Under 10’s
Entry Fee per team: 45
Tournament Email Address: natalie.davey@airbus.com
Address 1: 5 llanfair crescent
Town: Connahs quay
Post Code: Ch54gp
Tournament Information: 10am kick off

16 teams/2 groups

Cup and plate competitions

7 group games + quarters/semi final and final

Trophies for winners and runners up in both competitions

£2 parking inc programme

The ‘Unknown Damage?’ caused from the touchline

Every weekend all over the world millions of parents, children and coaches set off for their weekly sporting ritual ‘Match Day’. Many will follow the same process each week and will never question their routine or behaviour.

Many of these parents and coaches are well intentioned, trying to support their child and their team through match situations totally unaware of the damage they may be doing by overly involving themselves before and after but crucially during the game itself.

I say that they are unaware because if they are not the current climate on the sidelines is far worse than I currently fear.

This morning I carried out a little experiment at an Under 8 grassroots football match in the UK.  I counted the number of tactical instructions yelled from the sideline by parents and coaches to the children.  There were 134 yelled out in 40 minutes of play.  I must stress that this did not include positive praise.

Now imagine as adults if we were embarking on a task and during this time we were being yelled new instructions, in this case approximately four a minute.  Now imagine on top of that, that some of these instructions were also contradictory.  I believe that not only would we struggle to concentrate but we would struggle to make the correct decisions that we were originally carrying out.  Just think how this must feel for a child actively involved in a sporting situation?

If parents and coaches are not aware of the damage they are doing by directing play and yelling tactical instructions from the touchline then I hope that this article will give them something to mull over.

Caught up in the excitement and emotion of a game, many parents and coaches feel that they are really helping and supporting their children whilst watching by shouting technical or tactical instruction.  Whilst this may on occasions in the short term prove successful there are major long term implications of this for the player.

  1. It reduces problem solving skills
  2. It decreases decision making skills
  3. It reduces creativity in young players
  4. It reduces the child’s enjoyment
  5. It increases the pressure on the child
  6. It increases anxiety in the child
  7. It prevents children from mastering life skills
  8. It decreases the ability of the child to cope independently(particularly if the parent and the coach are not around)

Bearing all this in mind it is important that we then generate an understanding of how all of this is linked together with the behaviour that we are displaying.  The following infographic from our friends at believeperform.com gives us a very powerful visual image.

My message to parents:

Are you shouting tactical instructions on the sidelines?

If your answer is, “Yes,” then stop. Stop now.

I can already hear you justifying why. I can already hear you rationalising your particular approach. I can hear you because I could be you. I am you. I want to right the wrongs for my child. I want him to score. I want him to feel joy in victory. I want him to avoid the pain of losing. I want him to know I am there, that I love him, that I am his biggest fan.

But, let me ask you:

Do you think it helps?

It does not.

No justifications, no intelligent counter arguments. No nonsense. Screaming and shouting tactical instructions is bad. It is that simple. I did not make it up.

My message to coaches:

The above still applies however there can be a little bit of flexibility if you are trying to assist your team and individuals but it should be a very measured approach.

We have a number of parents who contact us who have been told by organisations what they would like them to do and how to behave but then they have to watch the coach do exactly the opposite.  Coaches must be great role models for parents and help create the right environment for the children by leading from the front.  Parents will then follow.

With positive support only on the touchlines can we regain control of an environment that is in real danger of spiralling out of control.  In its current climate the only people who are suffering in the long term are the people who we love and want to achieve the most; the children.

Guest article by

Gordon MacLelland

Find out more about Gordon and view more of his blogs at Working with Parents in Sport http://www.wwpis.co.uk

 

North Of England Football Tournament

Tournament Name:
North Of England Football Tournament


Tournament Organiser:
PinPoint Recruitment Junior Football League


Tournament Web Address:
http://www.pinpointjuniorleague.co.uk/members/events/tournament/


Age:
various


Entry Fee:
various


Tournament Email Address:
admin@pinpointjuniorleague.co.uk


Tournament Address:
Cramlington Sporting Club

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 6BN


Tournament Information:

July 22nd

Girls – U 14, U15s

Boys – U8s, U9s

July 23rd

Boys – U7s, U10s

Girls – U16s

See more and apply HERE

Position:


Other:
Assistant League Secretary


Name:
Mr Gary Trewick


Email:
admin@pinpointjuniorleague.co.uk

FA Announcement – 32 Grassroots Leagues to trial Sin Bins this Season

FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON 32 GRASSROOTS LEAGUES WILL TRIAL TEMPORARY DISMISSALS

The Football Association has today announced the 32 grassroots leagues that will trial Temporary Dismissals – more commonly known as ‘sin bins’ – during the 2017-18 season.

From Step 7 of the National League system and below 130 grassroots leagues registered an interest in the pilot scheme and a mixture of male, female, adult, youth, Saturday and Sunday leagues across the country have been chosen to take part.

The scheme was originally conceived following a decision by the International Football Association Board [IFAB] which gave National Associations the ability to implement sin bins at grassroots level.

Whilst given discretion whether to use the scheme for all cautions, or selected cautions, The FA chose to focus on matters of dissent, which amounted to 25 per cent of all cautions during the 2016-17 season and directly supports the Respect programme.

It is anticipated that the pilot scheme will deal with misconduct on the day, result in fewer cautions for dissent overall and improve match-day experiences, not only for referees, but for all involved in the game.

Mark Ives, FA head of judicial services, said: “I am encouraged by the level of enthusiasm from County FA’s, leagues, clubs and referees and in their collective commitment to make a difference to our great game at a local level.

“I look forward to seeing a positive impact during the course of the season.”

The leagues below have been selected:

• Anglian Combination League • Jersey Football Combination
• Army Football League Massey • JJ Jones Builders Duchy League
• Birmingham & District Football League • Liverpool County FA Premier League
• Bolton, Bury & District Football League • Mid Sussex Football League
• Chester & Wirral Football League • Mid Sussex Youth & Minor Football League
• Cumberland County League • Midwest Counties Female
• Devon and Exeter Football League • North Staffs Youth League
• Dorset Premier League • Nottinghamshire Senior Football League
• Durham County Women’s • Notts. Amateur Alliance
• Evesham & District Sunday Football League • Peterborough & District Football League
• Gloucestershire County Women’s League • Potteries & District Sunday League
• Gloucestershire Northern Senior League • Sevenoaks and District Football League
• Hertfordshire Senior County League • Sheffield & District Junior Sunday League
• Hitchin Sunday League • Southern Amateur League
• Surrey Primary Youth League • Trelawny League
• Taunton & District Saturday League • Warrington Sunday Football League

Stotfold juniors tournament

Tournament Name:
Stotfold juniors tournament


Tournament Organiser:
Gary hoy


Tournament Web Address:
Stotfold juniors fc


Age:
U7-u13


Entry Fee:
£30


Tournament Email Address:
garyjohnhoy@hotmail.com


Tournament Address:
Stotfold fc

Roker park

Stotfold

Sg5 4an


Tournament Information:
We are pleased to announce the Stotfold Junior Football Club Summer Tournament will be held on the fri 7th, sat 8th and sun 9th July 2017. It’s being hosted on Stotfold Football Club’s pitch at Roker Park, The Green, Stotfold, SG5 4AN.

This is a good opportunity for the players to play within a stadium environment, the pitch and venue is often used for Cup Finals. This is our fifth year running this event and every year it has been a huge success with some fantastic feedback. Last year we had age groups filled within a few days and nearly all had a waiting list so please dont delay with booking your place For the non-competitive age groups each player will receive a medal.

Competitive tournament winners/finalists will recieve a trophy each player ,winners also a cup for the team Start times Fri U12 6-30pm Sat U7 9am,U9 11-30am ,U11 3pm, U13 6-30pm Sun U8 9am , U10 12 noon The U12 and 13 tournaments will be played under floodlit conditions which has been a great success in previous years. As you can imagine it’s very popular and a special experience for the players We are offering a very competitive entrance fee to encourage as many teams to take part as possible, plus a further discount if we receive your team’s entry before 1st May This tournament provides an excellent opportunity for your players to continue playing football during the summer and for you to also look at potential new players. The application form is attached and to be returned to myself with your payment.

Please ensure your Affiliation Number is provided, and if you’re booking more than 1 place, please specify a name/colour for each team.

Any queries or questions please feel free to contact me on 07792 252111. Please don’t delay in booking your place as we don’t want to disappoint anyone. T

o secure your place quickly, it’s best to submit a bank transfer, and specify your team name as a reference. Account Number 03936716 / Sort Code 20-41-12. Once your entry has been received with payment, a confirmation email and text message will be sent to confirm your place. In June we will email you with final details of the day. Thanks, Gary Hoy Event organiser

Position:


Other:
Event organiser


Name:
Gary hoy


Email:
garyjohnhoy@hotmail.com

North Of England Football Tournament

Tournament Name:
North Of England Football Tournament


Tournament Organiser:
PinPoint Recruitment Junior Football League


Tournament Web Address:
http://www.pinpointjuniorleague.co.uk/members/events/tournament/


Age:
various


Entry Fee:
various


Tournament Email Address:
admin@pinpointjuniorleague.co.uk


Tournament Address:
Cramlington Sporting Club

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 6BN


Tournament Information:

July 1st

Girls – U 10, U11s

Boys – U11s, U13s

July 2nd

Boys – U12s, U14s

Girls – U12s

See more and apply HERE

Position:


Other:
Assistant League Secretary


Name:
Mr Gary Trewick


Email:
admin@pinpointjuniorleague.co.uk

Scot FC

Tournament Name: Scot FC
Tournament Date: 01/07/2017
Tournament Organiser: Scott Sanderson
Tournament Web Address: www.scotyouth.co.uk
Team Age Groups: Under 7’s, Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s
Entry Fee per team: £30.00
Tournament Email Address: sarni72@aol.com
Address 1: Scot Sports & Social Club
Address 2: Selbourne Avenue, Bletchley
Town: Milton Keynes
Post Code: MK3 5BX
Tournament Image: Scot FC_ke11k0.jpg
Tournament Information: Scot FC would like to invite you and your team to take part in their 2017 Summer
Tournament being held on 1st and 2nd July at the SCOT SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB,
SELBOURNE AVENUE, BLETCHLEY, MILTON KEYNES, MK3 5BX

The following age groups are included:-
Saturday 1st July: U7 / U9 / U11 / U13 / U15
Sunday 2nd July: U8 / U10 / U12 / U14 / U16
Each team will consist of 10 players, 4 (5 for U7/U8) of which will be roll on roll off
substitutes, in all age groups (except U7/U8’s who are 5-aside) and the restriction on the
number of guest players i.e. those who were not signed to your club for the current season,
remains at 2 players per squad. In-line with F.A. guidelines, the U7 and U8 age groups will
be non-competitive, but every player will receive a commemorative medal. All other age
groups will have quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, as appropriate. There will be both a
Cup and Plate competition for these age groups.
The entry fee is £30.00 for the 1st team and £20.00 per team thereafter. Please make
cheques payable to Scot FC and send to the address shown at the bottom of the attached
application form. Please be aware that cheques will be cashed upon receipt.
As with last year, we are expecting a high level of interest so tournament places will be
available on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Therefore, please book early to reserve your
team’s place and avoid disappointment.
The tournament has been organised to ensure it is a great day out for all the family – with
bouncy castles, barbecue, competitions and much more. So what are you waiting for?
We look forward to welcoming your players, officials, supporters and parents to Scot FC in
July for what promises to be a fabulous time.
If you require any further information, please contact Steve Essam on 07889 424801.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THE TOURNAMENT IS ABANDONED BECAUSE OF BAD
WEATHER, NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

Towcester Town tournament

Tournament Name:
Towcester Town tournament


Tournament Organiser:
Mark Lloyd


Tournament Web Address:
http://www.towcestertownfc.co.uk/


Age:
U6-U18


Entry Fee:
£30


Tournament Email Address:
mark.lloyd68@outlook.com


Tournament Address:
Recreation Ground

Towcester

Northants

NN12 6AU


Tournament Information:
This is a 6-a-side tournament which will bring together teams from across Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, held on 10-11 June. For more information see the website or email mark.lloyd68@outlook.com

Position:
Coach


Other:


Name:
Mark Lloyd


Email:
mark.lloyd68@outlook.com

Flixton Juniors AFC Annual Football Festival

Tournament Name: Flixton Juniors AFC Annual Football Festival
Tournament Date: 10/06/2017
Tournament Organiser: Flixton Juniors AFC – Jane Moran
Tournament Web Address: http://www.flixtonjuniorsafc.co.uk/club/Home/download/69806/club
Team Age Groups: Under 10’s, Under 11’s
Entry Fee per team: £40
Tournament Email Address: flixtonjuniorsafcfestival@btinternet.com
Address 1: Wellacre Academy
Address 2: Irlam Road, Flixton
Town: Manchester
Post Code: M41 6AP
Tournament Image: FJAFC-logo_armodx.png
Tournament Information: UNDER 10’S BOYS MORNING
UNDER 11’S BOYS AFTERNOON

MAXIMUM SQUAD SIZE OF 12 PLAYERS FOR UNDER 10’S AND UNDER 11’S

FESTIVAL TIMINGS (APPROX) AM PM
TEAM REGISTRATION 9:00 13:30
MANAGER’S MEETING 9:30 14:00
KICK OFF 9:45 14:15

A refreshment tent will be available on all days for tea, coffee, cold drinks, hot food, crisps and sweets.

CAR PARKING CHARGED AT £1.00 PER CAR

Please inform your parents of the following:

NO DOGS WILL BE ALLOWED AS IT IS A SCHOOL FIELD – THEY WILL BE ASKED TO
LEAVE THE VENUE

PLEASE KEEP ALL CHILDREN OUT OF THE WOODED AREA AND AWAY FROM THE
CONTAINERS

PLEASE REGISTER ALL CAMERA’S WITH THE REGISTRATION TENT

Studley Juniors FC

Tournament Name: Studley Juniors FC
Tournament Date: 10/06/2017
Tournament Organiser: Wayne Lewis
Tournament Web Address: sjfcsummertournament.webeden.co.uk
Team Age Groups: Under 7’s, Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s
Entry Fee per team: 30
Tournament Email Address: Wayne.sjfc@gmail.com
Address 1: Entaco Studley Sports & Social Club
Address 2: Eldorado Close
Town: Studley
Post Code: B80 7HP
Tournament Image: IMG_0822_dnfhcl.JPG
Tournament Information: Saturday 10th June – U8s 10am KO, U13 Girls 9:30 KO, U13 Boys 10:30 KO. U9s 14:00 KO, U11s 14:30 KO.
Sunday 11th June – U7s 10am KO, U15s 9:30 KO, U10s 14:00 KO, U14s – 13:30 KO, U12s 14:30 KO.
There is a clubhouse with bar, hot food, sweets and ice cream stalls. Parking and a programme will be £2. If you want to enter two teams it would be £50.

The 23rd Barrowford Celtic Youth Football Tournament 2017

Tournament Name:
The 23rd Barrowford Celtic Youth Football Tournament 2017


Tournament Organiser:
Paul Ashworth


Tournament Web Address:
http://reddishvulcans.com/tournament_detail.asp?EID=3064


Age:
U9-U15


Entry Fee:
£30-£40


Tournament Email Address:
info@barrowfordceltic.org.uk


Tournament Address:
8 Eden Close

Barrowford

Nelson

BB96JP


Tournament Information:
The 23rd Barrowford Celtic Youth Football Tournament 2017 Info Sheet We are pleased to announce our summer junior football tournament for Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June 2017. This is an all-day tournament; refreshments will be available to purchase throughout the day.

The tournament will be held at Bullholme Playing Fields, Barrowford, BB9 8PU and the adjacent Swinden Playing Fields, Nelson, BB9 8SJ, Lancashire.

The cost of entry is £30 for U9 & U10, £35 for U11 & U12, £40 for U13 & U14. Max two teams per club for each age group. Age groups present season 2016/17. All teams to be County registered. No academy teams allowed or players allowed. All teams must have played in a grass roots league, season 2016/17, league player ID cards will be required at registration to verify player eligibility.

U9s – Saturday 3rd June (7 a-side) max registered players 12.

U10s – Sunday 4th June (7 a-side) max registered players 12.

U11s – Saturday 3rd June (9 a-side) max registered players 13.

U12s – Sunday 4th June (9 a-side) max registered players 13.

U13s – Saturday 3rd June (11 a-side) max registered players 16.

U14s – Sunday 4th June (11 a-side) max registered players 16.

U13s Girls – Saturday 3rd June (6 a-side) max registered players 10.

U15s Girls – Sunday 4th June (6 a-side) max registered players 10.

For an Entry Form and further details contact: Paul Ashworth Mobile: 07855874555 E-mail: info@barrowfordceltic.org.uk Cheques made payable to Barrowford Celtic Bank transfer details: Sort Code: 05-03-83, Account Number: 34594615, please put name of team and age group in reference area. Closing Date: 12th May 2017 Fully sanctioned by the FA All teams will get as much playing time as possible and allowed by FA guidelines, with waiting times and times between games kept to a minimum. Competition format (if all places filled): 12 teams per age group, divided into 2 leagues, top 2 in each group go through into the Cup semi final, 3rd and 4th progress into the Shield, and 5th and 6th into the Plate. Fair play award for each age group. The tournament committee reserve the right to modify the format of the competition at any time.

Position:
Club Secretary


Other:


Name:
Paul Ashworth


Email:
paashworth@sky.com