I was registering my son for the upcoming soccer season and our club has introduced an electronic registration system. It’s about time we joined the rest of the clubs in the 21st Century but I hit a problem, they want to broadcast my son’s image and name wherever they please and if I didn’t agree I couldn’t register.
Actually they didn’t but it doesn’t seem to stop these hockey-playing idiots from dreaming up complicated scoring systems that they think improve soccer and increases competition. This is the scoring system for Port Moody’s 2009 Spring Showcase for this weekend.
Win: 6 points, plus 1 point per goal up to 3 goals.
Tie: 3 points, plus 1 point per goal up to 3 goals.
Loss: 0 points, plus 1 point per goal up to 3 goals.
Shutout: 1 point for a shutout, as long as it isn’t 0-0.
I was trying to cite my previous post and claim of 500,000 kids playing soccer when I came across this post on MetaFilter title Canada’s Lack of Soccer Prowess.
There are some interesting opinions in there and I wish the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) would start to address many of them. Even a cursory glance at the Google Trends for soccer-related searches demonstrate ‘s a large interest in soccer when compared to hockey. The interest in the world cup alone is larger than anything in the hockey world.
An interesting study picked up from the Intertubes shows that teenagers don’t necessarily quit soccer in the expected numbers — it’s actually a lack of new talent.
The study analyzed a large amount of data and concluded that soccer is largely building interest in the game until around U12 when interest plateaus and then starts to tail off. The number of returning players increases whereas the number of new players declines sharply.
One of the clear problems is how to attract teenagers to soccer but it’s probably a much wider issue, i.e. how do you get teenagers to do anything, especially some physical activity that involves running around in all weathers.
Soccer is the most popular youth sport in Canada — way ahead of hockey, lacrosse, baseball, basketball and cheese rolling. However, according to the current FIFA rankings the Canadian national team is 89th, sandwiched squarely between Congo and Zambia.
So anybody with an ounce of intelligence (or common sense) is bound to ask the question “what are we doing wrong?”