10 grassroots soccer trends for the next 10 years

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10 grassroots soccer trends for the next 10 years

  1. 1. 10 Trends for Grassroots Football for the next 10 Years
  2. 2. 1. Grass’ Roots – itwill be green and grassbut it will be syntheticgrass•Better Quality•Last longer•Cheaper to maintain•Requires less water,which will be a key issuein many countries• Flexibility for both 11 a-side and 5- a-side•Why need acres ofunused 11 –a-sidefields? 2
  3. 3. 2. It will beincreasingly smallsided football forUnder 12’s and Over16’s•Leisure patterns for all but thecommitted indicate thatparticipants want to dip and dipout of playing.• They can’t /won’t commit toplaying 11 –a-side football for30 weekends a season•Work and Social units are nowsmaller than they were 20years ago•TV football mitigates againstparticipation•5-a-side : Less intimidating forthe unskilled: Less indiscipline& player violence 3
  4. 4. 3. FlexibleParticipation•Move toward ‘Pay and Play’not yearly subscriptions•Fun rather than commitment•Flexible 24/7 for 365 days•No recognized grassrootsfootball season 4
  5. 5. 4. WebInvolved•Admin via the web: Booking facility/results / via the web•Virtual clubs based on one facility. The‘club house ‘ is a Facebook page•Location based apps to identify nearestfacility•Much use of photos of players playingand video, which can be generatedremotely ( as in common now forparticipants engaging in Fun Runs orMarathons) 5
  6. 6. 5. Volunteer ‘ Lite’-but Parent ‘ heavy’•5-a-side needs less volunteers to run it andminimal refereeing•No need for committees, officers etc.Participants take what responsibility is require•Self organize – DIY. Its ‘IKEA’ grassrootsfootball•There is a World Physical Education Crisis asschools marginalize P.E.in favor numeracy,literacy etc. Parents want their children to bephysically and socially active and sportprovides this so …For Kids football – parentswill be involved and welcomed, not justtolerated 6
  7. 7. 6. IncreasinglyCommercial Providers•11-a-side as well as 5-a-side•Not necessarily clubs or localgovernment•Social environment (with Bar andTV) without being a club member•Possibly indoor•. ‘Home ‘or ‘Away ‘not important:Participation will be facility basednot club based. With clubs using thesame (synthetic) field facilitysharing by clubs will make mostsense. clubs may retain clubhouses but will reduce the number 7of grass fields they need
  8. 8. 7.As Local aspossible•As close aspossible to home/work•Safer/greenerecologically andcost effective forparticipants 8
  9. 9. 8. As SOCIAL aspossible•The social factor forgrassroots footballparticipation isparamount•Competitions/tournaments/leaguenot as important ascamaraderie•Mates ‘ as aconcept moreimportant than‘team’ or club 9
  10. 10. 9.Cosmopolitan•Mutli ethnicusage andmarketed to mutliethnic groups.• Football is aunifying force forimmigrants 10
  11. 11. 10. Mixed•Boys andgirls /menand womenplaying in thesame teams! 11
  12. 12. For Consultancy, Training & E-Learning forGrassroots Football and Coach Education www.sportspath.com

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