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Banning league play?
July 8th, 2008 3:12PM



The English FA is banning "competitive" soccer leagues for under-8s. Children will still be playing games, but results and league standings won't be compiled.

The ban came about, says the FA's Adrian Bevington, because, "Kids have been encouraged by coaches and parents to kick the ball long, lump it forward to win a game and win a league."

As a result, Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of development, says England has lagged behind other countries in producing players with exceptional skill and technique.

The U.S. Soccer Federation also recommends "no organized matches where the score is recorded" at that age level.

Let us know what approach your youth league takes and whether you believe eliminating scores and standings
produces better players. ...


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