LCFA - No reporting ban on youngsters' football; FOOTBALL.
THE Liverpool County Football Association has responded to criticism surrounding its alleged banning of match reports on junior football.
The local association received criticism last month, after informing Ainsdale Juniors they had breached regulations prohibiting the production of match reports at under-seven and under-eight levels.
However, LCFA senior football development officer Jack Walton has stated a ban on the production of reports is not in place.
Speaking on behalf of the LCFA, Walton said: "A thick skin comes in handy when I read reports that The Liverpool County FA has 'banned' the publication of kids' match reports.
"The devil is in the detail, as always, but that's simply not the case. The fact is we do not publicly record results or league tables in under-sevens' and under-eights' football simply because adults can become obsessed with them, to the point where it is inhibiting the development of young players.
"We know that players, parents and grandparents love to read match reports - and we're happy to endorse it, so long as they are in the spirit of kids' football and not critical of the opposing team."
The policy to only produce results and league tables from under nine level upwards is rolled out across England by the Football Association.
Walton believes such measures are needed in order to manage the competitive streak of coaches and parents, which can impact upon a young footballer's opportunity to learn the game.
"Basically, kids play at that age is for really intrinsic reasons," added Walton.
"They love the game, they want to be with their mates and also have fun.
"Suddenly though, when you put them in a situation with a league and points, the attitudes of coaches and parents can change and rub off on the kids. So the environment changes and impacts upon the kids.
"The kids know the score, they know how well they've done and how hard they've tried.
"This rule is more for the adults.
"It's so the focus isn't all about winning. Where a manager may say 'we've just won the under-7s league,' but the manager may have used the same players, left three out in order to win and those three may not return to the game.
"Even at under-seven, the kids are as competitive as hell, it just doesn't become win at all costs."
? SEE pages 4-7 for a round-up from some of the Merseyside junior football leagues who have submitted reports to Junior XSport.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Nov 29, 2011|
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