Er, well, three-a-side on a mini-pitch with infinite substitution and no goalies, but they run around a lot and kick the ball.
So... I've already got over the realization that some of the coaches are coaching bodychecking and elbowing... seems a bit unnecessary, but I suppose it is part of the game. But, last sunday it went too far.
The opposing team, after going down early on, if I may say so, a brilliant goal involving good hustle and well timed passing, started to line up for setplays scowling and growling and screaming. Bad little sports.
Well, the bloody coach, I finally heard first hand, was coaching them to use their "mean faces" and "angry voices"!
WTF is with that?!
IT IS A GAME. WE WEREN"T EVEN ACTUALLY KEEPING SCORE!
Oh, the coaches self-referee. Did I mention that?
Because if you pulled this crap in a real game you'd be yellow carded for unsportsmanlike conduct.
What is the point? It is not part of the game, those kids were not having fun, and win/loss record was not kept.
Well, it works. Even the parents who had never played football realised something was wrong because our kids body language was wrong, they were holding back, not charging the ball or running through the defence - 'cause from their perspective there was something seriously wrong, psycho wrong, with those other kids.
Anyway, we had a chat at halftime and decided humour was the best defence. Didn't work.
Human kid brains are really trained to flinch from open anger and hostility.
The other kids can't have been having any fun, I expect none will continue playing, but for an hour, neither did our kids.