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The Wussification of Britain

Original post made by WS on Jun 27, 2008



Saying the British are wussy is like calling the Italians romantic, the Germans belligerent, the French arrogant. Still, this seems particularly wussy even for them:

"Children under the age of eight have been banned from playing in football leagues and cups amid fears they are under too much pressure from competitive parents.

Youngsters can still play matches but results must be kept private and no league tables can be compiled, according to the ruling from the Football Association. And they should not compete in knockout tournaments where trophies or medals are at stake as FA officials fear the pressure could be too great.

The move -- due to be enforced when the new season starts in September -- is aimed at protecting children from pushy parents and aggressive coaches on the touchline, and from peer pressure and bullying.

He added: 'We are trying to create an environment where children can develop their skills and enjoy the game without the pressure of having to get a result week in, week out.
Children told us they were giving up football because they were getting hollered at if they made a mistake."

I'm sure David Beckham's parents never "hollered" at him.
No doubt it was all hugs and kisses on the field, in front of his mates, that made him the soccer player/underwear model he is today.

Goes to show Britain's dystopian future has less in common with V for Vendatta than Walden II.

Comments (3)

Posted by mmmm, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2008 at 5:59 pm


I am ready to bet that when Beckham was growing up, there was NO competitive soccer league in the UK for kids under age 8.

I also grew up in Europe, in another big soccer nation, and there was no such thing as a league for such young kids at the time.

Ditto for such nations as Brazil and others. Do you think Pele or Ronaldo learned soccer in such a league?? Wrong. They learned it with their buddies on a street corner, with no uniform, no umpires and NO pushy parents.

I think that the above mentioned decision is actually very wise. Young children can learn soccer in a informal setting while having fun, and while becoming very good at it at the same time. They should not be put under such pressure by parents and referees or coaches.

The US might be well advised to follow the same idea for its youngest baseball, soccer and football players, among others.

BTW, reducing the people of a nation to one adjective as you did in your comment is rather simplistic and inaccurate.


Posted by great news, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2008 at 8:03 am

This is hilarious...when do you think such things as "leagues" for any sport began here for any elementary school aged kid? Not when I was a kid in the 60s, that is for sure!

Come to think of it, we started wussifying here about the time little kid leagues began...hmm...correlation or cause?

I suspect it is one of the highly competitive pushy critical hollerin' type parents who is upset at this.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2008 at 8:52 am

AYSO and YBasketball, among others I expect, already have this policy here. An enthusiastic 7 year old is well able to know who scored the most goals, which teams are the strongest and who on their team has scored the most goals, so it isn't preventing the kids from knowing, much more preventing the parents from knowing.


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