My weekends spent on the football sidelines, braving all weathers, have not been in vain. Master A’s team now tops the league table with an impressive string of results.
It’s amazing how one can ignore rain and wind when one happens to be cheering on the winning side.
I decided to check out the online league table to bask in the glory of my team’s success and to check out the results of rivals. The scoreline for their latest 6-1 victory read X-X. I went back over past results. All of them read X-X.
I searched the site for a league table. After 20 minutes, it was clear there was no evidence of Master A’s winning team and no reference to any losing ones.
This absence all became clear when I read that the FA had “banned” local newspapers and media outlets from publishing match results of children’s games – in case the losers get upset.
According to reports , papers in England have been ordered by the FA to stop publishing children’s football results to make it more “child centred and less results orientated”.
According to FA officials, publishing “one sided score lines can act as a disincentive to continue playing for many children”.
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Really? When I played netball for the school I would rush to get a copy of the local newspaper and turn straight to the sports section. I loved seeing my name mentioned in the match report regardless of whether we won or lost.
This latest ban is another case of mollycoddling, a crazy rule that will cause more damage than good. It dents the joy of winning, undermines the motivation to succeed and also how you deal when results don’t go your way.
These are lessons that you need to learn in life because sometimes it’s the losing that spurs you on to becoming a winner. Censoring the results only serves to entrench the idea that winning is shameful, losing even more so.
Master A’s team mates deserve to see their club name on the top of a league table, the other teams need to see it, too, to give them something to strive for.
Working Mum, wondering just who at the FA came up with this ridiculous ruling.