Tournament football – beauty or beast?

Posted: June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

grassroots talk

With the summer approaching, a number of youth football teams will be signing up and playing in tournaments as part of their continuing football experience. These summer tournaments can be a great opportunity for our players to learn, offering them the chance to experience the highs and lows, the winning and the losing in a format that often means a whole competition in one day.

However, there is often too much pressure placed on our young players by focussing solely on results a determinant of success from these competitions. Our children are so often provided an adult’s version of competition when they are crying out for a child friendly alternative.

As a team, we began thinking about how we could run a tournament that would provide a rich and valuable learning environment for our young players. This summer, that is what we tried to do and this is the experience…


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