Young Lions’ Success

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future

Young Lions' Success

As any long-term England supporter is painfully aware, following the national side in major tournaments is never a pleasurable experience. An inability to make it out the group in Brazil three years ago was followed up by that infamous afternoon in Nice last summer where a nation the size of Cardiff sent us packing. Even the relatively smooth qualification for Russia 2018 was uninspiring – suffice to say, there is an inherent gloom that surrounds the England national football team.

But there shouldn’t be. Despite the unwanted talent of the senior team to stumble from one disaster to the next, England youth teams have dazzled all year. Last night England reached the final of the U17 World Cup in India, beating pre-tournament favourites Brazil 3-1 in the semi-final thanks to the second hattrick in as many matches from Rhian Brewster. Chile, Mexico, Iraq, Japan and the USA have all been dispatched by a bold England side that has averaged three goals a game. They seek revenge in the final on a Spanish team that beat them (on penalties, of course) in the final of the European championships earlier this year in Croatia. England boasted six of the eleven players featured in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ there, along with player of the tournament, Jadon Sancho.

Youth Football Futsal

The Football Association and Football Foundation have finally seen the light and launched a £300,000 fund to develop the sport of Futsal in England

Youth Football Futsal

Having attempted to replicate the youth structure commonly found in some of the footballing-great countries dotted around the continent, it’s refreshing to see that the FA have looked at Futsal as a way of improving the sport of football. This isn’t the first time the two governing bodies have looked to invest in Futsal – back in 2013, the Football Association pledged over £150million towards Futsal facilities around the country.

This time though, they are targeting younger participants in the sport. This is brilliant news for Futsal clubs around the country. Unfortunately, it has been a sub-sport of Football which has been looked down on in this country for some years. If it had been properly embraced years ago, we may already have had England internationals with the same level of technique as their continental counterparts. Much like we’ve been clamouring for over a decade.

Futsal is played on an indoor pitch, with both smaller goals and a smaller ball which is less bouncy. This fast-paced five-a-side version of the beautiful game has been played across the world – specifically South America and mainland Europe for years, and as such, is recognised by EUFA and FIFA.

Implementing and pushing Futsal as a sport will help those in the, younger, target area to go on to be better-rounded footballers. It would be foolish to doubt it as a small-balled version of five-a-side football, with many of the world’s past, and, current greats all putting their respective successes down to their learning of the beautiful game…via Futsal.

Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robinho, Neymar, and Hulk are just some of the top players around the globe who all put their success at the top level of football down to Futsal. The game teaches; dealing with the ball in tight spaces, spatial awareness, able to cope with less time on the ball, no breaks in play and making sure players are balanced in terms of both defence and attack.

Futsal clubs will undoubtedly benefit from this and could go on to build a strong position in the sports clubs market across the country. With the help of funding from The Football Association and Football Foundation, hopefully, this can become a reality much quicker.

The £300,000 fund will look to target specifically;

  • Youth Futsal from the age of 14+
  • Female Futsal from the ages of 12 to 18 years old.
  • Youth Futsal Leagues for clubs from U14’s to U18’s.
  • As well as select schools who offer community usage for their facilities.

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Charismatic Colebrook Royals

Putting the fun back into football (and it's management!)

 

Helping to run one of the UK’s leading male and female youth and adult football clubs carrying 32 teams can be quite a challenge. This is why Colebrook Royals Secretary Derringer Clarke is singing the praises of the life-changing PaySubsOnline, Football Management Software.

She told us: “When you have so many teams to manage time really is of the essence, and I can honestly say this software has been a Godsend. There’s no bank now in our immediate area so this not only saves long trips to manage monies, it can also help cut the paperwork down. I’d say it really does save us a lot of time, certainly cutting the job down by at least 50 per cent. There are only three of us on the Committee here, so everyone shares a number of tasks. Being able to rely on such a well-designed system can make all the difference. We are volunteers of course, and life can get very busy here, so being able to streamline our system is great.”

“It’s not about finding future footballers, though we have had a couple of players go on to the professional game. This is a club ready to help young people in terms of creating an environment where life skills and confidence can be taught in safety. It doesn’t matter to us if you aren’t a particularly gifted player. When you play for one of our teams you need to turn up on time, be disciplined, learn how to become a team player and work closely with others. Conduct yourself with respect for others and set a good example to those around you. All of this can be character forming and help those involved lead fulfilling lives.”

The teams range from those involving seven-year-olds right up to nineteen-year-old youth sides and seniors. Given the club was founded in 1997 with just two teams, their achievements are quite extraordinary. As kids playing football we all dreamed of running out at Wembley or playing in a cup final at some point. We fantasised about what it was like to be a professional footballer playing in front of thousands of people. Well, they can certainly live the dream and feel just like professionals given the facilities here. The Grange is a Football Foundation funded facility with drained professional grass playing surfaces, so fewer games are called off in bad conditions. A player’s tunnel provides access to spacious comfortable changing facilities with heated floors and showers. In fact, the ground really does offer a feeling of coming out at The Emirates or The Etihad. In this sense, no wonder everyone feels inspired. Derringer added: “It’s almost like a mini Wembley, and we also have a snack bar serving hot drinks and food on match days. We keep our football subs down as best as we possibly can to make football accessible to everyone no matter what background they come from. We also employ a strict code of conduct for both players, officials and parents. But in truth, the great thing about this club is there’s a real family atmosphere – we are one big family.”

Back in 2015, now Chairman John Eagleton, was presented with a Daily Mirror Pride of Sport Award for his work in youth football. Former Leyton Orient Manager Martin Ling has been a priceless coach here. And yet despite troubles encountered by one of football’s most famous professional clubs, he carries on with his labour of love at Colebrook (another reason why everyone is proud to wear those Royal Blue shirts). The Colebrook football clubs vision is to continue to grow, develop and through sporting opportunities, have a real impact on the young people in their local Essex community.

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New Grass Roots Punishments Introduced in Football

Anyone who has experienced school football will confirm it can be a very difficult job refereeing proceedings with advice from parents ringing in your ears.

Sometimes, teachers can be the sole official. Take this up a notch to the grass roots game, and things can get decidedly worse. It’s nothing new, but sadly the situation has gradually worsened in recent times to the point some match officials have given up the game completely  because of the abuse they receive on a regular basis.

And it’s not just older referees either as Joe Craven explains: “I’m a grass-roots referee. I get offered a fight almost every week by players in my game. I have even been offered fights by coaches of junior teams after making decisions that did not go their team’s way. It’s disgraceful to act this way to a teenager who is simply doing it for a small match fee, and giving something back to the game.

The Football Association Take Drastic Action

There are many more stories like this one – enough for The Football Association to take drastic action. They’ve introduced stringent new measures in an attempt to stamp out this unruly and worrying behaviour.

Any player found guilty of assaulting any official can now expect to receive a minimum ban of five years from the game. Anyone who decides to make actual physical contact with an official can expect not only an 84-day ban, but also a £100 fine. In fact, any individual guilty of threatening officials can look forward to a minimum ban of 56 days or six matches.

While these offer stringent punishments they are actually only the bare minimum in terms of bans and fines. A commission will have the power to increase the sanctions depending on aggravating factors. The FA have been looking very closely at this long term problem, and as a result 32 grass roots leagues across England will also be trialling sin bins for the 2017-18 season.

Already a big success in rugby, there seems to be little reason why it can’t make a difference in football at all levels. It means players will have to spend 10 minutes out of the game if they’ve been shown a yellow card for dissent. In fairness at all levels, the pressure on match officials has never been greater. At the highest level, cameras at every angle capture everything these-days, so mistakes tend not to go un-noticed.

But the major concern seems to be the negative attitudes fostered by a minority of players, parents and coaches. It’s also about educating and setting an example to new generations of youngsters. Everyone likes to win, but winning at all costs is not of benefit to the beautiful game for sure.

New Governance Codes

The government is currently working with national governing bodies across the board sports creating new governance codes. New public-funding rounds begin next year. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has said:  “We’ve made it clear that all sports governing bodies have to reform their governance codes.” The FA is not excluded from that and, if they don’t, they won’t get public funding. It’s as simple as that.“ The world is changing at pace, and nothing stands still. If football is to continue as a passionate and emotional game, it’s clear levels of respect all round must improve.

The new laws, to be introduced for the 2017-18 season, will apply to ‘step five’ – four tiers beneath the National League – and leagues below. This time next year, it’s hoped we will be able to analyse positive results from these new initiatives.


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