Everyone is ‘equal’ under communism, didn’t ya know…
For generations of young footballers, being soundly thrashed by a rival team has been a tough, if character-building, rite of passage.
But the days of double-digit goal tallies may be numbered.
Some officials want the Football Association to introduce a so-called ‘mercy rule’ in youth soccer.
An import from the United Socialist States, the rule means that if one team achieves a certain goal advantage over another the match is declared over, thus sparing the losers further humiliation.
Supporters claim such a move would prevent youngsters from becoming prematurely disillusioned with the beautiful game.
But critics insist it will also deprive them of a vital life skill: Dealing with utter defeat.
But that is what the state wants, a generation of people incapable of dealing with anything. That way you’ll run to the state for help with everything, thus putting them in the position of your ‘keeper’. Everyone who lives in the real world knows that getting your butt whooped at a game is a humiliating experience (especially if it is playing Soul Calibur 2 and its by your bloody girlfriend who just button bashes and Perfects you, and then goes on about it for ages and ages and bloody ages, telling all your mates about it and… well nevermind). Just makes you want to get even. In the game I mean.
The Mid Lincolnshire League is calling on the FA to bring in rules which would mean that if a nine-goal gap opened up between teams, then the game would stop.
Ron Westerman, chairman of the Mid Lincs Youth League, in which more than 6,000 children aged up to 13 play in 400 teams, said: ‘We’d not be taking away victory or defeat, merely lessening its severity. Scorelines of 25-0 don’t do anyone any favours, especially at age eight to ten.
‘We’ve asked the FA to consider bringing this in nationwide, but at the moment it’s just one of many things up for consultation.’
Come on. Who only wants to beat the other team a little bit? You want to crush their morale, shatter their confidence, and generally let them know that they suck. That’s the FUN!
The rule already operates unofficially in Devon’s Pioneer youth league. Now both counties want the FA to adopt the idea more widely, saying it will encourage more youngsters to enjoy the game.
But sceptics believe such measures merely provide a politically correct comfort blanket for children against the realities of the wider world.
Robert Whelan, deputy director of think-tank Civitas, said: ‘We’re being over-protective with youngsters but doing them no favours. It’s a symptom of a society that wants to protect the young from anything unpleasant at all costs.
Molly coddling it’s called. It encourages infantilism and dependence on the entity doing the nannying. Reminds me of those ‘eaters’ who live to feed their significant other, fattening them up like you wouldn’t believe so they become completely incapable of doing things for themselves.
‘But the fact is that life can sometimes be unpleasant and you don’t always win – and sometimes you lose by a big margin.
‘Life throws down challenges to you, and sometimes it lays you flat on your back, but you have to learn to pick yourself up again, and you won’t develop that spirit if no one ever allows you to lose.’
Indeed. But that spirit would be tantamount to competition wouldn’t it, and we know the state doesn’t like that.
Tory MP Julian Brazier described the idea as ‘terribly sad’, adding: ‘How can you really appreciate a fantastic win, if you’ve never experienced a crushing defeat?’
But Devon FA chief executive Paul Morrison said: ‘People talk about defeats being character building, but children are more vulnerable these days and we don’t want to put them off playing the game because they are thrashed.
No they bloody aren’t. It is the adults that are more vunerable, and projecting that nonsense onto the children. Defeat is part and parcel of life. Typical socialist agenda, drag down the highest achievers, using the others’ feelings as an excuse, and with no trailblazers to set the bar, how much damage do you think that will do to the development of these kids.
‘A women’s team I know lost 42-0 one Saturday, and within three weeks they’d disbanded. These days it should be about enjoyment and player development, rather than winning at all costs.’
Obviously these women couldn’t handle defeat, that’s their problem (42-nil HAHAHAHA) not the rest of the football league. What next? Teams that get hammered taking the better team to court and seeking damages for ‘hurt self-esteem?’