Give the goalie a chance! FA launches kids’ football changes with world’s biggest goal
Posted by Dean Holden at November 29th, 2013
by Adam Shergold, 14 September 2012
With a goal that big, your granny would definitely fancy her chances of scoring.
The Football Association has built the world’s biggest goal to illustrate how young footballers in this country are having the joy sucked out of the game by adult-sized pitches and full-size teams.
The sport’s governing body is about to introduce a raft of significant changes, which will include making ‘9v9’ football mandatory for under-11 and under-12 age groups in England.
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Swamped! BBC presenter Mike Bushell gets to grips with the world’s biggest goal in the Football Association campaign
It means youngsters hoping to make their way in the game won’t have to play on a full-size pitch until they reach the under-13s.
BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell donned his goalkeeping gloves at the launch of the initiative this week, keeping net in a 32ft wide and 9ft tall goal.
It is designed to give adults a perspective on how daunting a full-size goal is to a young player.
Pick that out! A shot sails past the BBC presenter into the 32ft wide goal
In the long run, the FA hope to replace the win-at-all-costs mentality which spoils the game for many young players with an attitude that allows kids to enjoy football.
Other changes, ratified by the FA Council this summer, include five-a-side football for under-7s and under-8s with the size of the teams increasing incrementally as the kids get older.
It follows the example of many countries in Europe, who actively ban full-size teams and pitches until the age of 13 or 14.
No chance: A young goalkeeper playing in a full-size goal in the FA campaign video
‘The change means that small children won’t have to defend the same size goal as the likes of Joe Hart and Petr Cech anymore,’ said Nick Levett, FA National Development Manager.
‘The smaller pitch and number of players allows greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.
‘The move will also bring a more child friendly approach to competition, breaking up the eight-month long adult based season into smaller periods of competition which encourage increased learning.’
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<Old news, and it appears to be ‘Uncommon Sense’; but why haven’t more NSO’s, sport associations figured it out? Playing area, equipment and rules are critically important to be sized properly to ensure they ‘fit the kids’! After all, it’s all about the kids… right? Youth sport isn’t about the adults… is it? 😉 – DH>