Super night of Monday U10/11 futsal at YMCA & Novartis
Four Europea League teams played at YMCA delivering a highly competitive night of superb fluent futsal. Passing in tight positions was well beyond what I expected when I sat down to record results. Not one player was fazed by being a tight position with an opposition player pressurising. This was Champions League futsal played under a Europea League banner. The defence side of the game was relentless all evening, every goal was earned.
Who won, well everyone in that all worn out cliché. That said they did. Synergy got most points; Discoveries All Stars came second with 4 points; Immingham and All Stars shared wooden spoon with 3 points each. The goals keepers deserve special mention; they only let in 2.66 goals per game, which was exceptional given number of shots on target.
Big thank you to managers. It was agreed before start that they would form a 4th team between them, this was aggravated with Immingham players delayed on M180. No problem, took managers all of 30 seconds for them to organise a plan’B’. Thanks for that help gents.
Champions’ League group of four at Novartis was won by Healing; Wybers scored same 7 goals as Healing but secured 5 less points. JR Sports and Immingham Pilgrims both gained points in a tightly fought set of matches.
Thanks everyone for your support.
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Last week I two teams, both same club, drop out of a league because they was ‘allegedly’ disrespected by opposition, one player being directly bullied at school as result of large defeat. Allegedly most players wanted to stop playing futsal as a consequence.
How would you have responded to this situation if it happened to your team?
I personally would have seen loss as a challenge, a sign I needed to do more, I certainly would not have removed my teams from league. What do we teach are young protégées if we join a league and don’t finish matches. I have never had a group of parents that would have allowed me to take such an action. There are two other teams in same league who have suffered the rough end of some results, they are still playing. In fact those two teams are big winners because they have started and completed every game without complaint. That in its self is an achievement just as important as being a league winner.
As youth managers we get hit with these problems all time, senior football is easy, you don’t have growing maturing players to manage. Thankfully senior players don’t bring mum and dad with them. Recently I had a mum in middle of group of under 10s as they lined up to shake hands at end of match. Her little mite was not shaking hand of player who had just fouled him; either that or she wanted to transfer him there and then to opposition?
This week I asked a player how he had got on in his futsal match. We lost he said, but we only had bare five players, where was the others. The manager had not allowed them to play because they had done something wrong. Surely they should play so that the five are not punished. Deal with the naughty three afterwards with consequences that hit them only.
I had a similar situation many years ago when my son’s team was in a semi final. Two players had transgressed at school, one mum said her lad was not playing in semi as punishment, the other made their son play and clean everyone’s boots after the game (dad helped) him. I know which parent, in my humble opinion, made the right call. Taught me a lot that day.
Answering my own original question, 99% of time parent managers get it right, they provide a valued surface so our young grassroots players can play the game they love.
A sign UEFA and FA are recognising huge impact futsal is making at grassroots level.
Nice to see local rivals Scunthorpe United have a player in squad.
Jack Walsh – London United Futsal Club
James Black – Genesis Futsal Club
Joe Bickerstaffe – Tranmere FC
Jared Rand – University of Nottingham Futsal
Ollie Whaley – University of Nottingham Futsal
James Dirkin – London United Futsal
Mikey Bulmer – York City Futsal Club
Matt Overton – York City Futsal Club
Raynner Silva – Scunthorpe United FC
Drew Hodgson – Newcastle Futsal Club
Henrique Do Carmo – London United Futsal Club
Jordan Deer – Cheshire Futsal Club
Liam Hunt – Genesis Futsal Club
Lawson Mcarthy – Wigan Futsal Club
Where is English football heading? Government statistics tell us football and other team sports have lost 10% of participants each of last two seasons. In fact every sport has fewer participants than two years ago.
Sport England spend their money wisely to win Olympic medals, to them the total is most important, which explains why the ladies Great Britain hockey team are the only team sport to get sponsorship funding.
What are these people doing if they are giving up on traditional sports? Data shows they have moved to fitness gyms. Understandable, they are open twenty fours a day, they are mostly warm and clean, and you can participate and meet people on your own. A win win situation.
Should we be worried about these figures? Certainly if you want to watch a Premiership match that includes English players. The Grimsby Telegraph reports that a declining 30% of team spaces, so far this season, have been occupied by English players. Burnley; Bournemouth and Everton the only teams hitting the 50% mark. All three have recently dropped to nearer the 30% mark. At the season end 70% of Premiership wages and transfer fees could be leaving England for foreign lands. Not the success the Premier League was designed to achieve when it was conceived.
Wall to wall TV. coverage, less and less participation, where are we going? What is the destination?