Real Madrid U9's score 31 in one game!

COMPETE: Young footballers naturally want to win, how & when is the difference




Development football is all about the learning process. Young players honing their skills in an enjoyable environment. Many argue that the grassroots game at this stage (Particularly in the UK) is flooded with glory hunting managers & parents wanting the win.

The refinement of the professional level supposedly washes aside the 'win at all costs'; instead, the mantra is the bigger picture. Performance first, the result will take care of its self.





When that result is a 31 - 0 win (with 7 out of the squad of 10 scoring), that post-match debrief will be interesting.

Real Madrid's U9's put a host of goals past SAD Villaverde San Andres with no reply.

How do you play this one out? Well, the defeated team complained across social media. The main gripe was elite clubs should have a strategy to prevent such scorelines happening.



Take measures in such cases. Pass the ball 12 times before trying to score

CD Serranos - Official



Why so? If the goals were the end product of cohesive, technical skill repeatedly applied by a team, is that a problem? The answer, probably no, but at 8 or 9 years old, the enjoyment element is undoubtedly going to be one-sided.

Is it Real Madrid's fault, or is it the Spanish Federations problem for a need to restructure how youth football is played?



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The Sack


In June 2017 a result of the same magnitude saw CD Serranos U11's (From Valencia) beat Benicalap C 25-0. The winning team's coach was fired! The club's hierarchy said. "We encourage respect for the rival". "He (the coach) didn't manage the situation well."



We get calls from parents saying that their son scored four, not three!

Valencia Football Federation offical - on competitive parents



That intention of sportsmanship can be muted by overbearing parents wanting their kids to be winners. An official from the Valencia Football Federation stated: "When we make a list of goal-scorers, we get calls from parents saying that their son scored four, not three." So, the grassroots landscape is no different in Spain; it would seem.



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Do The Right Thing


It's suggested the top Spanish teams have an unwritten law based on humility. Youth teams, like Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Betis or Sociedad, suggest the score stops when a 10 goal difference presents, with the stronger team easing off.


Competing is part of training. We shouldn't send out the wrong message

Barcelona FC - Coach on winning


CD Serranos had adopted a similar attitude to what the teams coming out of Barcelona's La Masia do. They'll move players into unfamiliar positions, play with the weaker foot only or up tiki-taka possession to keep the game competitive. Even Spanish junior coaches argue, "you can't tell players not to score."

To be fair to Real Madrid, after their rugby result, they didn't publish the scoreline, Just a "Won league game against Villerverde" was put out.

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