Most coaches will tell you that the match results aren’t important as it’s all about player development!
Of course, player development is the main reason you let your child go to an academy in the first place, instead of having fun and winning trophies playing for your local Sunday League team. By that, I don’t mean that you can’t have fun if you are in a football academy, but you certainly won’t be winning any trophies!
The great mystery every Sunday is how the team you are about to play have been doing! Are they winning games, losing, or somewhere in between! Match results seem to be a closely guarded secret with the opposition’s parents providing the only clue as to how hard the next 80 minutes or so is going to be.
Football academy league – controversial or what?
As football is a team game, surely the ultimate objective at the end of all the hours that academy players spend training each week is to
bring it all together on a Sunday morning in the game.
If a team plays twenty games over the season and loses fifteen of them does that mean that the players in that team are technically less gifted than most of the other academy players, or maybe they have poorer coaches, or possibly a smaller squad? Match results must be a good indicator as to how an academy is developing their players!
Creating a league for each age group would prove controversial because it would be deemed to be inappropriate by the Football league and the kill joys that have ruined summer football festivals for thousands of youngsters by banning under 7/8 teams from winning trophies and playing quarter and semi -finals! Luckily, my son’s team won all their summer tournament trophies at under 7 and 8 before that ridiculous rule was implemented.
Talk to any under 7 players or parent at any summer football festival and ask them if they would like to be playing for a trophy and they would all say absolutely yes!
Learning to win and lose is all part of life so why not educate kids at an early age so that they can deal with the disappointment of losing as well as the joy of winning?
So why not introduce a regional league for each age group?
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