Week in, week out we're bombarded with coverage of the top levels of football. Let's be honest, who doesn't love following the trials and tribulations of the Premier League or the drama of the football league.The thing is, very often the true heroes of the game are forgotten. The players up and down the country who pull on the shirt of their local amateur team, the coaches who selflessly give up their time to give others the opportunity to take part in a game they love, the parents and supporters who brave any weather to be there for their loved ones and the whole host of volunteers who keep the wheels turning at their chosen club.Without these people there would be no future of the game so we felt it was about time that these people were given a voice and a platform to discuss the weird and wonderful sides of grassroots football. So let's build a huge online community where we can share the fantastic stories of grassroots football and the people in it.....
Why is that 8 year olds no longer play 11-a-side, like they did in my day?? Yep, that's right, progress!! Steve argues that we need to look forward and not back when it comes to doing what's right by our young footballers.
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The discussion about why grassroots football should be a summer sport continues. In this episode, Steve puts to bed the opinion that family holidays and club tournaments should prevent the season taking place in the warm, dry months!
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Steve continues the discussion about why grassroots football should be a summer sport, by tackling the opinion that it would impact too much on existing summer sports such as cricket, athletics and tennis.
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I know what you're thinking, "don't be ridiculous, football is a winter sport and it should stay that way!"
It may surprise you to know that it wasn't all that long ago that I would have agreed with that statement, but in light of the mild, wet winter we've had in the UK this year, and the amount of football that has been lost to the elements, it is time that we have a serious conversation about whether we...
It's about time the conversation for grassroots football being played in the warmer months became serious. Let me know your thoughts and we'll discuss the subject over the next few episodes.
As 'Match Officials Week' draws to an end, this time we journey over the Atlantic to Rochester, NY and a discussion with Steve Montanino. As with all of our episodes this week, it is fascinating to get information on the state of play of grassroots football in the States.
This is a discussion that meanders through various points on football but please heed the warnings in relation to parental and coach behaviour on the touc...
Wow...where do I start??!!
I challenge anyone to listen to this interview and not be blown away by Hary's passion and knowledge of grassroots football, and match officiating in general.
Hary has a huge amount of refereeing experience and his journey has taken him all over the world, perhaps most notably as part of The Homeless World Cup.
From the inspiration to become a referee, to almost being left physically disabled due to an i...
Barrie has been taking charge of games since 1996 so is well placed to express his experiences and opinions of grassroots football.
Also, with his son now refereeing, and Barrie continuing his football passion by coaching his other sons team, he is able to give a unique and varied outlook on the game.
I thoroughly enjoyed our chat and I really hope that it comes across in this episode.
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If we're going to cover all of the bases in grassroots football then we need to talk about, and share the experiences of, individuals from various roles in the sport.
What better way to start than to focus on the people that everyone loves to hate....the match officials!!
We kick-off a series of episodes focusing on the thankless task of officiating games with an interview with, Level 5 qualified referee, Bradley Totney.
I have l...
We continue Futsal Week with a brief history of Futsal and why it can play a huge role in player development.
Excuse the waffling(!!) but this episode was hastily organised based on some very valid feedback received from the previous episode!
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There's no question that Futsal is growing rapidly in popularity, but are we giving enough opportunity to grassroots teams to get involved with the sport? And what more could we do, if not?
Many grassroots coaches cite parents as one of their biggest bugbears around running their team, but why should this be the case? Skye Eddy Bruce, of the Soccer Parenting Association, tells us how we can better approach the coach-parent relationship and create a more enjoyable atmosphere for everyone involved in grassroots sport.
The Soccer Parenting Association's main aim is to "Inspire Players by Empowering Parents" an...
Talking all things Strength & Conditioning with Rob Anderson from Athletic Evolution.
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