Soccer league ponders ending scores, standings for kids under 12
Parents of young Edmonton soccer players are being surveyed about whether scores and standings should be eliminated for children under 12 years old.
The Ontario Soccer League is planning to make the move mandatory by next year. Proponents believe the change would remove the pressure to score goals and allow children to focus more on fun and skill development.
Richard Adams of the Alberta Soccer Association said that teams could still keep scores of individual games.
"What we don't want is that score to have to go on a website and then a team to know that they lost 10-nothing for the rest of the year when they should really be focusing on next week, how do we get better," he said.
The Edmonton Minor Soccer Association has sent out a survey to see what parents think. But association president Mario Charpentier isn't sure going scoreless is a good idea.
"Taking the scores away, is it going to help the kid to develop? I don't know," he said. "I don't think so — and my personal opinion — but we will do what the membership wants."
The survey results will be discussed when the association meets next month.
However, a decision won’t likely be made until the fall.