Restricting soccer games for youngsters isn’t popular, but it works (Ottawa Citizen)

Friday, 15 February, 2013

By: Richard Starnes, Ottawa Citizen
February 15, 2013

I am certain there will be a good many soccer moms and dads who will be upset, confused, downright angry when the summer season begins for their sons and daughters playing in the under nine, 10 and 11-year-old levels.

None of these players will be competing to win a league. None of them will be fighting to finish at the top of the table. Why? Because there won’t be any leagues.

Soccer associations across the country — and especially in Eastern Ontario — are adopting a completely new system for teaching youngsters to develop their skills and learn to love the game. And it does not include a league system of any sort.

I can hear the screams. Parents want their kids to play only in a competitive atmosphere, want their kids to be on the top team, want their kids to win the league. Of course that’s the best way to measure their ability, right?


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